congatec conga-STDA4 is a SMARC Computer-on-Module (CoM) based on Texas Instruments TDA4VM or DRA829J Jacinto 7 processor with two Cortex-A72 cores, six real-time Cortex-R5 cores for functional safety, accelerated vision and AI processing capabilities, and plenty of interfaces.
The first Texas Instruments-powered CoM from the company is designed for industrial mobile machinery requiring near-field analytics, such as automated guided vehicles and autonomous mobile robots, construction and agricultural machinery, as well as any industrial or medical solutions requiring energy-efficient computer vision at the edge.
- SoC – Texas Instruments Jacinto 7 TDA4VM/DRA829J with
- Dual-core Arm Cortex-A72 up to 2.0 GHz
- 6x Arm Cortex-R5F cores @ 1.0 GHz
- up to 8 MB of on-chip L3 RAM
- 1x C7x DSP up to 80 GFLOPs
- 2x C66 DSPs up to 40 GFLOPs
- Up to 8 TOPS MMA AI accelerator
- PowerVR Rogue 8XE GE8430 3D GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenVX, OpenCL
- VPU up to 4k60p H.264 encode / Full-HD H.265 decode
- System Memory – Up to 8 GB onboard LPDDR4x memory | 3733 MT/s | inline ECC
- Storage – eMMC 5.1 up to 128 GB configurable as pseudo-SLC
- 2x Gigabit Ethernet PHY with IEEE 1588 support
- Optional industrial onboard Ublox WiFi/BT module
- 314-pin MXM 3.0 connector
- 1x SDIO 3.0
- Display I/F
- Dual-channel 24-bit LVDS
- DisplayPort 1.4 with support for up to 3 Full HD 1080p displays via MST
- Optional 4-lane MIPI-DSI shared with LVDS
- Up to 1x Ultra-HD or 4x Full-HD 60fps display resolution
- Up to 2x independent display outputs
- 2x 4-lane MIPI-CSI
- 2x integrated Image Signal Processor (ISP) for MIPI-CSI cameras
- Audio – 2x I2S
- Networking – 2x GbE
- USB – 1x dual-role USB 2.0, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
- PCIe – 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 + 1x PCIe 3.0 x2 or up to 4x PCIe 3.0 x1
- Low-speed I/Os – 2x I²C, 2x SPI, 4x UART (2x with Handshake), 2x CAN FD, 14x GPIOs
- Customer programmable root key, up to RSA-4K or ECC-512
- Crypto hardware accelerators, PKA with ECC, AES, SHA, RNG, DES and 3DES
- High Assurance Boot support (optional)
- Encryption Engine AES-128, AES-256, TRNG, SHA-1, SHA-2, SHA-256, MD-5 | RSA-1
- Misc – Watchdog Timer, Console Port, High Precision Real Time Clock
- Power Consumption – 5-10W @ 5V (typ.)
- Dimensions – 82 x 50 mm (SMARC 2.1 form factor)
- Temperature Range
- Industrial – Operating: -40 to +85°C; storage: -40 to +85°C
- Commercial – Operating: 0 to +60°C; storage: -40 to +85°C
- Humidity – Operating: 10 to 90% r. H. non cond.; storage: 5 to 95% r. H. non cond.
congatec will provide a Linux BSP for the Arm Cortex-A72 cores, as well as support for Wind River VxWorks, RTOS, and QNX for the Cortex-R5 real-time cores. The TDA4VM processor also happens to be found in the Beaglebone AI-64 SBC so besides support from congatec directly, there should be public resources to help with development too. Congatec also offers two SMARC carrier boards for evaluation and early-stage software development: conga-SMC1/SMARC-ARM and conga-SEVAL.
It’s pretty hard to find differences between TDA4VM and DRA829J since the processors are virtually identical except for a few small differences as noted on TI forums:
The differences are subtle, but inside the “Capture Subsystem” section, TDA4VM has a VPAC (Vision Processing Accelerators) and DMPAC (Depth and Motion Processing Accelerators), whereas DRA829 does not.
Please also note that the full DRA829 block diagram is DRA829J, there is also DRA829V which excludes the DSPs, MMA, GPU, and video encoder/decoder. For a full comparison list, please refer to section 5, table 5-1 on the DRA829 datasheet.
congatec says the first booting samples of the conga-STDA4 SMARC TDA4VM/DRA829J Computer-on-Module are expected by mid-2023, and mass production will start sometime in 2024. Further information may be found on the product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.