Texas Instruments AM3505 and AM3517 ARM Microprocessors

Texas Instruments introduced the AM3505 and AM3517 ARM microprocessors (MPU). The AM35x devices offer multiple device packages, industrial temperature options, peripheral integration, graphics capabilities and high computational performance at sub-one Watt power levels. The new MPUsenable industrial designers to build fanless and completely air-tight embedded systems that can endure rigorous operating environments. The two MPUs are sampling in 0.65mm BGA and 1mm BGA package options. The XAM3505ZCN is priced at USD $21.45 and the XAM3517ZCN is available for $24 (1,000 units). Designers can use the $999 TMDXEVM3517 evaluation module with a Linux Software Development Kit to speed development. Windows Embedded CE support is planned for 4Q09 and additional operating systems and RTOS are planned for 1Q 2010.

Texas Instruments (TI) AM3505 and AM3517 ARM microprocessors (MPU)

TI AM3505 and AM3517 Microprocessors Overview

  • Superscalar 500 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor provides 1000 Dhrystone MIPS, which enables users to run full featured operating systems and experience faster web browsing
  • Industrial temperature options (-40 to 85 degrees Celsius) allow customers to operate in harsh development environments ranging from sub freezing temperatures to extreme heat
  • Sub-one Watt power consumption in typical applications eliminates the need for heat sinks and fans allowing industrial developers to design silent and air-tight enclosures
  • Display subsystem with picture-in-picture, color space conversion, rotation and resizing support provides flexibility to connect to LCD display for vibrant, crisp and high-resolution images
  • Integrated CAN controller supports local control of sensors and controllers
  • Connectivity options with a USB 2.0 high-speed on-the-go with built-in PHY conserves board space, and an 10/100 EMAC for network communications, control of industrial devices and remote rebooting reduces the need for technicians to physically monitor and service systems
  • DDR2 memory support reduces overall cost of system memory
  • 3.3V I/O eliminates the need for level shifters and lowers system costs
  • Software compatible with TI’s OMAP processors
  • Leverages low power technology from TI’s OMAP applications processors

The AM3517 also features an additional PowerVR SGX graphics engine to accelerate 3D graphical user interfaces. The graphics engine can process up to 10 Mpolygons/sec and supports OPENGL ES 2.0

More info: Texas Instruments AM3517/05 ARM Microprocessors (pdf)