Atmel rolled out their SAMA5D3 series microprocessors. The MPUs are based on the ARM Cortex-A5 core. The Atmel SAMA5D3 MPU is shipping in a 324-ball BGA package. It is in mass production now. Prices start at less than USD $7 for 1,000-piece quantities. The new SAMA5D3 series is ideal for embedded applications in the industrial space, including factory and building automation, smart grid, medical and handheld terminals, along with consumer applications such as smart watches, outdoor GPS, DECT (digital enhanced cordless telecommunications) phones.
Renesas Electronics revealed details of their next-generation microcontrollers and microprocessors. Renesas plans to use 40nm MONOS (metal oxide nitride oxide silicon) embedded flash technology with the RX family of general-purpose 32-bit MCUs. Renesas will also expand their RX Family to include the lowest power, lowest cost 32-bit MCU for the embedded market.
Texas Instruments introduced the OpenLink open source Wi-Fi and Bluetooth daughter card for AM18x evaluation modules (EVMs). The standalone WiLink 6.0 daughter card is a combo wireless connectivity add-on card. It is based on the LS Research TiWi module with Texas Instruments WiLink 6.0 (WL1271) solution. The standalone daughter card is available for $249. The production-ready WiLink 6.0 (WL1271) OpenLink module is bundled in the AM18x Sitara ARM EVM + WL1271 Development Kit, which is priced at $1,150.
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.
The CraneBoard is a low-cost ARM-based development board. The open source printed circuit board (PCB) isbased on Texas Instruments’ (TI) AM35x Sitara ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessor (MPU). The CraneBoard features Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Controller Area Network (CAN) bus interfaces. Both the PoE and CAN interfaces can be used in industrial applications such as human machine interface (HMI), and CAN is also suitable for automotive applications. The CraneBoard is available for at $199 from Mistral and DigiKey.
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the AM389x Sitara ARM microprocessors (MPUs). The AM389x Sitara ARM MPU is ideal for single-board computers, gateways, routers, servers, industrial automation, human machine interfaces (HMIs) and point-of-service data terminals. The two new devices in the AM389x Sitara ARM MPU family are the AM3892 and the AM3894. Both chips feature PCIExpress Gen2, SATA 2.0, dual Gigabit Ethernet and dual DDR2/DDR3 interfaces. Pricing for the XAM3894CYG Sitara ARM MPU starts at $43.10 in 1,000 unit quantities (1 ku).
STMicroelectronics introduced the SPEAr1300 embedded microprocessors for embedded systems. The SPEAr1300 features dual ARM Cortex-A9 processors with a DDR3 memory interface and is manufactured in ST’s low-power 55nm HCMOS (high-speed CMOS) process technology. The new SPEAr (Structured Processor Enhanced Architecture) processors support fully symmetrical operation, at speeds up to 600MHz/core for 3000 DMIPS equivalent. Initial samples has already been shipped to early adopters.
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the AM1808, AM1806, AM1707, and AM1705 Sitara ARM9 microprocessors (MPUs). TI’s AM1808, AM1806, AM1707, and AM1705 MPUs integrate interfaces such as a serial ATA (SATA), universal parallel port (uPP) and TI’s Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU). The PRU offers flexible and configurable I/O control enabling developers to extend peripheral capabilities and add custom interfaces to their designs. The AM1x MPUs are sampling today with prices starting at USD $6.55 in quantities of 1,000 units.
STMicroelectronics launched the SPEAr300, SPEAr310, SPEAr320, and SPEAr600 embedded microprocessors. The four new SPEAr (Structured Processor Enhanced Architecture) microprocessors combine one or two advanced ARM9 processor cores with memory interfaces, and a large set of IP blocks. ST’s new SPEAr embedded microprocessors are in full production. The single-core models (SPEAr300/310/320) are priced below $7 for mass production quantities. The dual-core SPEAr600 sells below $9 for mass production quantities.
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.