TI Sitara AM623 & AM625 Cortex-A53 SoCs offer low-power AI for HMI and IoT applications

Texas Instruments has just launched the new Sitara AM62 family with AM623 and AM625 single to quad-core Cortex-A53 processors designed to provide IoT gateways and HMI applications with AI processing at low power, in some cases with up to 50% reduction in power consumption.

The AM623 processor specifically targets Internet of Things (IoT) applications and gateways that may benefit from object and gesture recognition, while the AM625, equipped with a 3D GPU, should power HMI applications with edge AI and up to two full-HD displays.

Sitara AM623 and AM625 processors

Siiara AM62 (AM623 or AM625) block diagram
AM62 Block Diagram

Sitara AM623/AM625 key features and specifications:

  • CPU – Single, dual, or quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1,400 MHz with 512KB L2 shared cache, plus 32KB I+D cache per core
  • Co-processor – 1x Arm Cortex-M4F real-time core at up to 400 MHz with 256KB SRAM with SECDED ECC
  • GPU (AM625 only) – Unnamed 3D GPU with support for OpenGL 3.x/2.0/1.1 + extensions, Vulkan 1.2
  • Memory I/F – LPDDR4, DDR4 memory types up to 4GB and 8GB respectively
  • Storage I/F
    • OSPI/QSPI interface with 166-MHz DDR / 200-MHz SDR for Serial NAND and Serial NOR flash devices
    • 3x Secure Digital (SD) (4b+4b+8b) interfaces
    • 1x General-Purpose Memory Controller (GPMC) up to 133 MHz
  • Display I/F – MIPI DPI, OLDI/LVDS with 1920×1080 @ 60fps for each display, or 1x 2048×1080 + 1x 1280×720
  • Camera I/F – 1x MIPI CSI-2 with DPHY 1.2
  • Networking – 2x 10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet with TSN support
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 interfaces
  • Hardware accelerators – PRU-SS
    • Dual-core Programmable Real-Time Unit running up to 333 MHz and Industrial Communication Subsystem (PRU-ICSS)
    • Used for General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO), UARTs, I2C, external ADC
    • CRC32/16 HW accelerator
    • Industrial 64-bit timer
    • Interrupt controller (INTC)
    • etc…
  • Peripherals
    • 9x UART, 5x SPI, 6x I2C
    • 3x Multichannel Audio Serial Ports (McASP)
    • 3x enhanced PWM modules (ePWM), 3x enhanced Quadrature Encoder Pulse modules (eQEP), 3x enhanced Capture modules (eCAP)
    • General-Purpose I/O (GPIO), all LVCMOS I/O can be configured as GPIO
    • 3x Controller Area Network (CAN) modules with CAN-FD support, up to 8Mbps
  • Features – Vision Analytics
  • Security
    • Dual-core Cortex-M4F hardware security module (HSM) with 426KB SRAM
    • Secure boot with Hardware-enforced Root-of-Trust (RoT), IP protection, etc…
    • Cryptographic accelerator for AES, SHA2, public keys…
    • Debugging security
    • Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) supported
    • Secure storage, On-the-Fly encryption support for OSPI interface in XIP mode
  • Safety – Functional safety (FuSa) on some industrial and automotive parts
  • Power Consumption
    • Deep sleep mode at <5 mW
    • Active power of <1.5 W made possible by a core voltage of 0.75 V
  • Packages
    • 13 x 13 mm, 425-pin ALW package
    • 17.2 x 17.2 mm, 0.8-mm pitch, 441-pin FCBGA (AMC)
  • Temperature Range – -40 to 105°C
  • Process – 16nm technology

AM623 and AM625 both support Linux, and Android is also supported on AM625 with its 3D GPU. I’m unable to find any AI accelerator, so the “Vision Analytics” feature might be a software solution, and Texas Instruments simply says “the AM62 processor brings low-cost analytics to HMI devices by enabling basic camera-based image processing and edge AI functions, such as detecting and recognizing objects”.  They do have documentation for it and a demo based on MulticoreWare face recognition solution with AM62x showing the capabilities of the solution.

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The company also explains that AM62 processors can reduce power consumption in industrial applications by as much as 50% compared to competing devices, and for instance, an application powered by AA batteries could remain on for over 1,000 hours. This is made possible by the power architecture that features two dedicated power rails and five power modes, plus the new TPS65219 PMIC optimized for AM62’s power supply requirements.

Sitara AM62x starter kit

Sitara AM62 Starter Kit

Customers can evaluate the new solutions with the Sitara AM62x Starter Kit (SK-AM62) with the following key features:

  • SoC – TI Sitara AM6254 with four Arm Cortex-A53 cores, one Cortex-M4F, 3D GPU, and 2x PRU-SS
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR4
  • Storage – QSPI flash, microSD card slot
  • Display + audio
    • 1x dual-channel LVDS
    • 1x HDMI connector over DPI/RGB444 with audio codec TLV320AIC3106
    • Dual-display support, up to 2K display resolution
  • Connectivity
    • 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports with time-sensitive networking (TSN) support
    • Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1 Classic + LE via WiLink 8 WL1837MOD module
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 Type-A port, 1x USB 2.0 Type-C dual-role device (DRD) with support for USB booting
  • Serial – 4x  UARTs via USB 2.0-B port
  • Debugging – Onboard XDS110 Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) emulator

There are five methods to boot the Starter Kit: removable microSD card, USB, QSPI flash, Ethernet, and UART.  Software support for the kit includes TI processor SDK Linux, RT-Linux, TI processor SDK Android AM62x, and various demonstrations including Wi-Fi.

Price and availability

Both Sitara AM625 and AM623 processors are available now with pricing starting at less than US$5 in 1,000-unit quantities, but the sample price is $19.50 on the TI website. The AM62x EVM is sold for $149. Further information, including technical documentation like datasheets and links to SDKs, can be found on the product pages for the processors and starter kit.  The company will also showcase the new AM62 processors and related solutions for edge AI and electric vehicle charging HMI applications in booth No. 215 at Embedded World 2022.

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4 Replies to “TI Sitara AM623 & AM625 Cortex-A53 SoCs offer low-power AI for HMI and IoT applications”

  1. Are they providing a friendlier environment for PRU-SS programming? last time I checked long ago, documentation was far from ideal.

  2. GPU info – AM62x device is enabled with 3D graphics accelerator based on the A-Series AXE-1-16M from Imagination Technologies Inc

    1. I’d love to see this in a beagle form factor, with 2 GbE interfaces, USB DRD and Host and a decent WiFi chipset.

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