Freescale Semiconductor announced a smartbook reference design. The tablet reference design features a 7-inch touch screen with up to four times the viewing area of a typical smartphone and has a form factor that is about one-third the size and volume of a typical netbook. The reference design is based on the Freescale i.MX515 processor with ARM Cortex-A8 technology. It also includes Freescale’s MC13892 power management IC, SGTL5000 audio codec and MMA8450Q 3-axis accelerometer. The smartbook solution is expected to be available for evaluation in February of this year.
Strategic Test introduced the TX51 Freescale i.MX51 processor-based System on Module (SOM). The TX51 features an ARM Cortex-A8 800 MHz i.MX51 processor, 128 MB mobile DDR-SDRAM, 128 MB NAND Flash memory, and a 200-pin SODIMM connector. It measures 67.6 x 26 x 4.2 mm (2.6″ x 1″ x 0.16″). The TX51 is priced at 159 Euro in quantities from 1 to 249 and is sampling from January 2010. Production volumes will be available in Q1/2010.
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.