Texas Instruments Inc. believes its latest MPUs could cut the bill of materials costs by as much as $40 for smaller sized applications such as portable navigation, handheld gaming and educational devices, home and building automation.
The Sitara AM335x family are Cortex-A8 based microprocessors and come with a starting price of $5 and consume down to 7 mW in standby and 700 mW in active mode. The devices are based on the ARM Cortex-A8 with NEON up to 720 MHz operation.
Development can be done with an $89 BeagleBone open source development board or complete AM335x evaluation module (EVM) with a seven-inch LCD touch screen and access to all peripherals for $995. The EVM includes TI’s WL1271 single-chip 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth technology in a broadly available module and is the first widely available platform to enable Wi-Fi Direct.
Peripherals available include CAN, Gigabit Ethernet two-port switch, dual USB + PHYs, LPDDR1/DDR2/DDR3, PRU, ADC and cryptographic acceleration.
The 3D graphics accelerator is based on 20 million triangles per second and the display controller enables products with rich 3D graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and multiple displays.
TI’s Linux EZ SDK and support for Android 2.2 will be available for free download from ti.com in December 2011 with Windows Embedded Compact 7 support coming in the first quarter of 2012. Support for QNX, Mentor and Wind River third-party, RTOSes will be available starting this quarter.
The XAM3358ZCE and XAM3359ZCZ are sampling today and prices for the AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors begin at $4.99 (in 100,000 unit quantities).
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