Digi NET+ARM Microprocessors with Flexible Interface Modules

Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) recently introduced the NS9215 and NS9210, which are the industry’s first microprocessors to include Flexible Interface Modules (FIMs) that provide different hardware interfaces based on the needs of the product or application. FIMs reduce product design complexity and cost by cutting the number of electronic components in a product. The NS9215 is available for $11.95 in 10,000 quantities. The NS9210 is available for $9.95 in 10,000 quantities.

NS9215

  • Cost-efficient, compact ARM926EJ-S up to 150 MHz
  • Ethernet interface and AES encryption engine
  • Two independent, programmable interface modules
  • Digi-patented dynamic power management
  • Complete set of on-chip peripheral interfaces
  • 0.18 micron CMOS process
  • 265-pin BGA, 15×15 mm
  • 4 KB I-Cache / 4 KB D-Cache

NS9210

  • Cost-efficient, compact ARM926EJ-S up to 150 MHz
  • Ethernet interface and AES encryption engine
  • Two independent, programmable interface modules
  • Digi-patented dynamic power management
  • Pin-compatible with NS7520 for easy design migration
  • 0.18 micron CMOS process
  • 177-pin BGA package, 13×13 mm
  • 4 KB I-Cache and 4 KB D-Cache

The NS9215 and NS9210, based on the ARM926EJ-S core, provide enhanced security through an on-chip 256-bit AES accelerator. The integrated NIST-certified AES accelerator provides secure network communication with SSL/TLS and IPsec protocols. The accelerator encrypts and decrypts data streams up to 10 times faster than a software-only solution and provides strong data privacy for any customer information stored or transmitted by the processor.

In addition, the family features Digi Dynamic Power Control, a complete set of hardware and software features for product designs that demand low power consumption and advanced power management. The processors can be instructed to shut down or use a power saving reduced speed mode while idle or waiting for input, and restart the processor when needed or to respond to incoming networking traffic. This makes the processors ideal for mobile, battery-operated and other power constrained devices.

The NS9215 features 4 KB of I/D cache, 10/100 Ethernet MAC, four high-speed UARTs, SPI, I2C, 4 PWMs or 10 timers, 12-bit ADC, a quadrature decoder, RTC with battery backup, up to 108 GPIOs and access to 2 FIMs. FIM support is available now for SD/SDIO, CAN bus, 1-Wire and additional UARTs. FIM support for USB low-speed device, parallel bus, I2S, and Wiegand interfaces is in development.

The NS9215 is available in a 265-pin (15 x 15 mm) BGA package. The NS9210 is available in a 177-pin (13 x 13 mm) BGA version that offers a smaller footprint with access to a subset of the NS9215 interfaces. It is also pin-compatible with Digi’s NS7520 ARM7-based NET+ARM microprocessor. Both products are RoHS compliant and industrial temperature rated.

The new NET+ARM microprocessors are used in Digi’s new embedded modules, including the currently available ConnectCore 9P 9215. The module provides access to all the new features of the NS9215 and can accelerate product design for rapid prototyping and faster time to market. The NS9210 will be designed into the next generation of the popular Digi Connect ME embedded device server, providing improved secure networking capabilities and additional interface flexibility.

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