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MCP accords memory for OMAP35x processors

Posted: 24 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Micron Technology Inc. has introduced its high-performance multi-chip package (MCP) solutions optimized to work seamlessly with Texas Instruments Inc.'s OMAP35x applications processors.

Micron's broad portfolio of MCP solutions feature low-power mobile DRAM and NAND technology that allow customers to mix and match memory densities, configurations and package options that best meets their design requirements. As part of its relationship with TI, Micron has committed to actively support new markets interested in this technology that go beyond mobile, providing proven MCP solutions to new applications in the automotive, consumer, embedded and medical markets.

TI's line of OMAP35x processors, based on the ARM Cortex-A8 core, is designed to support features such as graphics displays in navigation systems, medical imaging equipment or portable music players. With multimedia functionality at the heart of these applications, Micron's NAND-based MCP solutions offer the storage performance and capacity requirements that customers demand. Additionally, the small form factor designs of Micron's MCP solutions allow customers to keep space constraint concerns at bay, while the low-power 1.8-volt power supply of the NAND flash and the inherently low self refresh of the Mobile DRAM allow for extended battery life.

"We are committed to simplifying our customers' design process, and Micron's validated MCP solutions eliminate the need to qualify our processors with a memory vendor," said Kevin Hawkins, OMAP35x marketing manager at TI. "Micron came to the table with a complete portfolio of high-performance, low-power MCP solutions that meet the needs of our growing customer base."

Gumstix Inc., a joint customer of TI and Micron, has created a line of tiny open source Linux-based computers using TI's OMAP35x applications processor and a Micron MCP solution. Gumstix' Overo computers provide designers with a small form-factor platform enabling the development of low-power, high-performance multimedia content for consumer, industrial and embedded applications.

"We produce 100 percent of our Overo line with Micron memory," said W.Gordon Kruberg, president and CEO for Gumstix. "In addition to providing us with a broad portfolio of MCP solutions from which to choose, Micron engineers have been responsive and great to work with, and the company has provided excellent lead times, which have enabled us to get our product into the hands of open source innovators very quickly."

- Paul Buckley
Power Management DesignLine Europe

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