Dallas, Texas – Texas Instruments today introduced four new Sitara ARM9 microprocessors and evaluation modules targeted at developers of embedded industrial, medical and consumer designs requiring support for multiple industry-specific peripherals and interfaces.
The new 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 hardware and software scalability of the AM1x devices are coupled with a suite of software, demos and development tools to reduce customers' time to market.
Featuring 375 and 450 MHz ARM9 options, the additional peripheral capabilities of the MPUs are designed to allow developers implement and tune standard, custom and “lite” versions of common and proprietary serial interfaces, such as UART and CAN.
Their MPUs unique peripheral mix includes SATA, uPP, USB 2.0 on-the-go (OTG) with integrated PHY, USB 1.1 with integrated PHY, 10/100 Ethernet MAC, MMC/SD and more for smooth implementation of data, network, device and sensor communications.
With pin-to-pin compatibility with TI's OMAP-L1x processors, developers ising the new MPUs can protect their code investment by scaling up to the OMAP-L1x to integrate real-time data, video and audio processing capabilities or for OMAP-L1x developers to scale down to the AM1x to create cost-effective, entry-level products.
Available with the new MPUs is the new TMDXEXP1808L experimenter kit for $445, the TMDXEVM1808L EVM for $1150 and TMDXEM1707 EVM for $845. The software development kit includes a Linux kernel 2.6.33 board support package, PRU configuration tool as well as PRU CAN, PRU UART and touch screen demos. Windows Embedded CE and additional operating system support will be available later in the year.
The AM1x MPUs are sampling now with prices starting at $6.55 each in quantities of 1,000 units. To learn more, go to www.ti.com.