NXP QorIQ LayerScape LS1028A communication SoC was first unveiled in March 2017 with two Armv8 cores, GPU and LCD controller for HMI systems, as well as Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) capabilities useful in industrial settings.
As usual it takes a while before the company finalize their design and software support, but LS1028A has started to appear at least in one hardware platform that’s supposed to launch this quarter (Q2 2019): MicroSys miriac MPX-LS1028A system-on-module.
miriac MPX-LS1028A SoM specifications:
- SoC – NXP QorIQ LS1018 / LS1028 single / dual core Arm Cortex-A72 clocked at up to 1.3 GHz with MXC Vivante GPU, Mali Display Processor, configurable cryptographic offload engines (Optional: LS1017/LS1027 without GPU for cost saving)
- System Memory – Up to 4GB 32 Bit DDR4 with ECC RAM at up to 1600 MT/s
- Storage – Up to 256MB Serial NOR Flash & up to 4GB Serial NAND Flash; EEPROM
- MXM 2.0 edge connector with:
- Up to two eSDHC interfaces (SD3.0, up to eMMC 5.1)
- Video Output – DisplayPort / eDP interface
- Ethernet – Up to five TSN-capable Ethernet ports
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 host / device interface, 1x USB 2.0 OTG interface
- SerDes lanes – 4x SerDes lanes at 10 Gbps maximum, configurable in different options:
- 2x PCIe 3.0 interfaces (two x1 or one x2 configuration)
- 1x SATA 3.0 interface
- Up to 1x QSGMII & up to 4x SGMII interfaces
- Up to 1x 10G-QXGMII & 1x 10G-SXGMII interface
- Serial – 2x CAN FD, 2x UART
- Audio – Up to 6x Sound SAI
- One RGMII interface
- Up to 8x I²C, 2x SPI
- Misc – Temperature Sensor, Realtime Clock (RTC)
- Dimensions – “New small, rugged and cost-effective system on module form factor connecting to a standard edge connector (MXM2.0 socket)”
The board supports Linux, and MicroSys Microware OS-9 real-time OS is planned for Q3 2019 with support for the open source OPC UA-TSN project aiming to provide a unified standard for industrial automation and IIoT connectivity.
I had never heard about Microware OS-9, but it’s not exactly new as according to Wikipedia, the first version of the real-time system “OS-9 Level One” was written back in 1979–80 in assembly language for the Motorola 6809 CPU. However, since February 2013 Microware OS‐9 is owned by a partnership of three companies, MicroSys, Freestation(Japan) and RTSI (USA) who formed Microware LP to actively continue the development on OS‐9, and recent developments provide support for e.g. ARM Cortex A CPU series integrated for example in NXPs Layerscape LS1043A, LS1046A or LS1088A CPU.
There’s no price information for miriac MPX-LS1028A system-on-module, and limit number of samples are available through the company’s early access program. miriac SBC-LS1028A development kit which includes a SoM, carrier board, Linux BSP, and accessories should also become available, but not details are provided about the kit. More information may eventually be added to the product page.