Atmel ships ARM Cortex-A5 processor, Android 4.0 soon

The SAMA5D3 microprocessors are fabbed on a 65nm process technology and offer performance up to 850DMIPS at 536MHz while offering 1328Mbyte/s at 166MHz bus speed.

The on-chip floating point unit provides additional high-precision processing power for image, audio and sensor data.

Power consumption is specified at under 200mW in active mode at maximum speed and below 0.5mW in low-power mode when retaining context and offering fast wake-up.

Designers can access free Atmel Linux distributions at, and a free Android 4.0 port will be available in March at

Peripherals include a dual Ethernet port (one Gigabit), 3x high-speed USB ports, dual CAN, TFT LCD controller with graphics accelerator for image composition, camera interface, SDIO/SD/MMC, UARTs, SPIs, TWIs, soft modem, 12-bit ADC and 32-bit timers.

There is also a hardware encryption engine with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) and Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) support.

The chip is shipping in a 324-ball BGA package.

A C-language software package (softpack) is available for non-operating system use.

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