Atmel ships ARM Cortex-A5 processor, Android 4.0 soon
Atmel says it is shipping production quantities of the its SAMA5D3 series microprocessor, which is based on the ARM Cortex-A5 core with an on-chip floating point unit.
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 linux4sam.com, and a free Android 4.0 port will be available in March at www.at91.com/android4sam
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.