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Freescale Smartbook Reference Design

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.

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Strategic Test TX51 Freescale i.MX51 Processor DIMM Module

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.

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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.

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