MSC Vertriebs GmbH introduced the MSC Q7-TI8168 embedded module. The Q7-TI8168 module is compliant with the Qseven standard 1.20. The ARM based embedded board features a Texas Instruments Integra C6A8168 processor and an ARM Cortex-A8 core. The digital signal processor in the ARM core takes over the computing intensive image processing in real-time and unloads the ARM processor. The MSC Q7-TI8168 is ideal for demanding image processing functions in industrial automation, medicine, transportation and security systems.
ARM launched their Cortex-A7 MPCore processor. Compared to the Cortex-A8, the Cortex-A7 MPCore application processor is 5x more energy-efficiency and one fifth the size. The ARM Cortex-A7 features big.LITTLE processing, which pairs the best of the Cortex-A15 MPCore and Cortex-A7 processors. Big.LITTLE processing enables devices to seamlessly select the right processor for the right task, based on performance requirements. This dynamic selection is transparent to the application software or middleware running on the processors.
Ronetix introduced their SK-PM9G45 Starter Kit. The SK-PM9G45 is based on the Atmel’s 400MHz, ARM926-based AT91SAM9G45 microcontroller (MCU). The starter kit includes a PM9G45 CPU module, baseboard and 7-inch LCD 800×480 with touchscreen and LED backlight. The Ronetix SK-PM9G45 starter kit supports Linux, WinCE and Android OS. The PM9G45 CPU module features 128MiB DDR2, 256MiB Flash and 8MiB Atmel Serial DataFlash option.
STMicroelectronics launches their new STM32 F4 microcontrollers series. The STM32 F4 is based on the latest ARM Cortex-M4 core. There are four variants in the STM32 F4 Series: STM32F405x (USB On-The-Go), STM32F407 (two USB OTG), STM32F415 (STM32F405 with a crypto/hash processor) and STM32F417 (STM32F407 with a crypto/hash processor). All four versions are in volume production. Prices start at $5.74 for the STM32F407VET6 with 512 Kbytes of Flash and 192 Kbytes RAM in the LQFP100 package.
Texas Instruments launched their new Hercules safety microcontrollers. The new platform consists of the TMS470M, TMS570 and RM4x ARM Cortex-based microcontroller families. The new TI microcontrollers are designed specifically for IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 safety critical applications. The MCUs are ideal for medical, industrial and transportation applications. Hercules microcontrollers are available now for order. Prices range from $5 – $30 USD each (in 10K unit quantities).
Texas Instruments introduced the TMS320C6748 digital signal processors (DSPs) and OMAP-L138 DSP + ARM processors. The embedded processors protect against unauthorized reading of intellectual property (IP) and sensitive data. The secure boot, multi-level encrypted C6748 DSPs and OMAP-L138 DSP + ARM processors are sampling now at 375MHz and 456MHz (industrial temperature ranges available). Production pricing starts at $18 per 1,000 units (1ku) for the C6748 DSP and $21.40 per 1ku for the OMAP-L138 DSP + ARM processor.
The phyCORE-AM3517 System on Module (SOM), from PHYTEC America, features the Texas Instruments Sitara ARM Cortex-A8 AM3517 microprocessor, NEON SIMD Coprocessor, Vector floating point (FP) co-processor, POWER SGX Graphics Accelerator Subsystem for 3D graphics acceleration. The Computer on Module (COM) also supports the AM3505 MPU. The PHYTEC phyCORE-AM3517 is ideal for medical, industrial control, high-performance video, imaging, and graphics intensive applications.
Texas Instruments (TI) announced the TMS320DM8168 and TMS320DM8148 DaVinci digital media processors. The high-performance DM8168 DaVinci digital media processor supports up to three simultaneous 1080p60 frames per second (fps) video streams, 12 simultaneous 720p30 fps video streams or a combination of lower resolution streams. The lower-power DM8148 DaVinci digital media processor offers a 1080p60 fps video stream, three simultaneous 720p30 fps video streams or multiple lower resolution streams at 3 watts. The DM8168 is sampling today with production prices starting at $75 per 1ku. The DM8148 will start sampling in 3Q2011. Production pricing starts at $51 per 1ku.
MSC Vertriebs GmbH announced the MSC Q7-NT2 ARM processor based Qseven module. The MSC Q7-NT2 features the NVIDIA Tegra 290 low-power processor, three PCI Express x 1 channels, up to four USB 2.0 hosts, USB OTG port, serial UART interface, AC 97 audio, 10/100/1000 Base-T Fast Ethernet (IEEE1588 Real Time), I2C (400Kbit/s) and SPI. The Qseven module is ideal for visualization, digital signage, multimedia, entertainment, Internet TV, and harsh industrial applications. The MSC board supports Microsoft Windows CE operating system and Linux.
Texas Instruments announced the universal asynchronous receiver/transmitters (UART) and controller area network lite (CAN-lite) programmable real-time unit (PRU) daughter cards and software. The UART PRU and CAN-lite PRU daughter cards can be used in evaluation with the AM1x Sitara ARM MPUs or as a standalone reference design. The daughter cards snap into the PRU peripheral connection on the AM1x Sitara ARM MPUs evaluation modules. The TI UART daughter card ($72) and the CAN daughter card ($77) are both available now. The production-quality software code for the daughter cards can be downloaded for free.