The latest board to use the STM32MP1 dual Cortex-A7 and the Cortex-M4 processor is the Emtrion emSBC-Argon, which adds to SBC’s such as the PanGu Board. The emSBC-Argon, is a powerful yet reasonably priced SBC that is feature-rich and out-of-the-box ready. The low-power needs of the board enable it to run real-time processing.
Protocols such as PROFINET, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP are all available and ready to run real-time processes and communication applications.
- STM32MP157AAC processor from STMicroelectronics
- Arm Dual Cortex-A7 @ 650MHz – 2470 DMIPS
- Arm Cortex-M4 @ 200MHz – 250 DMIPS
- Co-processor: ARM Neon, FPU, and 3D GPU
- Operating system: Linux or Android
- Virtualization capable (Jailhouse)
- Up to 512 MB DDR3L SDRAM
- 8GByte (up to 64 GB) eMMC Flash
- Up to 8 MB of QSPI-NOR-Flash
- 2x FD-CAN 2.0
- Dimensions: 104.5 x 77.5 mm
The emSBC-Argon is capable of virtualization using Jailhouse, for those real-time functions that require breaking down into software “cells” for higher-order functionality.
The SBC supports Android and Linux operating systems. The true ability lies with the STM32MP1, which runs at 600 MHz and needs very little power to operate at processing speeds compatible with real-time communications.
The Arm Cortex A7 allows the unit to run Linux, while the Cortex M4 runs the real-time processing through various ports and interfaces. That allows the Argon to re-use code from existing STM32 projects. Emtrion embedded systems offers paid in-house support for the emSBC Argon. More details can be found on the product page.
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