FTDI Chip thinks it has a shot at grabbing a piece of the high speed, computationally-intensive market that Intel and ARM are fighting over and is backing up its bet with its just released FT900.
According to Fred Dart, CEO and Founder of FTDI Chip, the new 32-bit microcontroller unit (MCU) is one of two initial devices in the company’s new application oriented controller (AOC) product lines.
He said the non-ARM-based MCU has been developed for high speed, computational intensive taks and can be used with the company's FT800 embedded video engine (EVE) chip, or as a stand-alone MCU. Running at clock speeds of up to 100MHz, he believes it delivers the levels of processing needed to make considerable impact in video over IP, surveillance, quality audio, industrial inspection and door entry intercom system deployments.
Aware of the ubiquitously connected environment of most embedded MCU environments and the deamnds it makes of memory and processor resouces, the FT900 http://www.ftdichip.com/MCU.htm has a 256kByte capacity program memory and 64kBytes of data memory, USB 2.0 480Mbits/s capability, and a camera interface for carrying VGA (640×480 pixels) resolution video imaging data.
By executing instructions from shadow RAM, rather than Flash memory, he said it can operate at true zero wait states up to 100MHz and 293DMIPS performance. The MCU’s unique data streaming domain eliminates the need for complex direct memory access (DMA) interfacing to transfer data internally.
10/100 Ethernet support with built-in physical layer and CAN bus support are also incorporated into the FT900, as well as numerous digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) and analogue-to-digital converters (ADCs), such as a 10-bit, 1MHz DAC and a 7-channel multiplexed 10-bit, 1MSample/s ADC. System interface provision includes I2C slave and master, I2S for external audio, SPI slave and master, SD card interface (2.0) and a variety of PWMs for standard and audio support.
“At FTDI Chip we try to put ourselves into hardware designers’ shoes,” he said, “so that every device not only delivers industry-leading performance but also has unique merit in terms of ease of implementation and minimising engineering overhead.