Arrow introduces Cortex-A5 based embedded development module
Arrow Electronics is offering an embedded system-on-module (SoM) package for intellectual property (IP) development which includes an Atmel SAMA5D3 ARM Cortex-A5 based MCU.
Developed in partnership with Shiratech of Israel, the AT-501, it is tailored for intellectual property (IP) development, the module includes 256Mbyte DDR2 and flash memory, a built-in 1G Ethernet, an internal system clock and a 200-pin SO-DIMM connector via which all the supported interfaces are available.
The SoM measures 68 x 47mm and uses a single 3.3V power input.
Boot and operating system software is also supplied, including the Debian Linux distribution and in versions for internal flash and SD card, together with software support for available interfaces. Sample applications for web server, CLI and SNMP agent and a software package for secured software upgrade and version control are also available.
There is a configuration tool that defines pin-outs. A Linux OS and tools are also available from Timesys.
The SAMA5D3 MCU can deliver 850 DMIPS with power consumption of less than 200mW when fully loaded and supports an operating bandwidth of up to 1328Mbyte/s with a 166MHz bus speed.
A companion evaluation board (CB-20) is also available. This incorporates a seven-inch TFT LCD with four-wire resistive touch screen; MicroSD card slot; dedicated debug port with RS232-to-USB converter; JTAG interface; and audio interface.