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ARM microprocessors keep power level low at 7mW

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microprocessor? development tool? touch screen?

Texas Instruments Inc. has rolled out the Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors that offer 3D interactive touch screens, higher resolution displays, faster performance and multiple, flexible integrated connectivity options. TI said they come with a low cost development platform and free, complete software development kit.

Starting at $5, the AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors provide low power consumption at 7mW, long battery life and less heat emissions to enable portable, pocket-sized, fan-less applications. The device is said to reduce PCB space, complexity and BOM costs by as much as $40 for smaller sized applications such as portable navigation, handheld gaming and educational devices, home and building automation.

Sitara AM335x

The AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors provide low power consumption.

The AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors offer multiple robust development tools. Designers can quickly and easily begin development with the $89 BeagleBone. Designers can also use the full-featured 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 WiFi Direct.

Accompanying both the BeagleBone and full-featured EVM are a host of software solutions such as TI EZ SDK, allowing demo in minutes and development in less than an hour, and support for Linux, Android and Windows Embedded Compact 7 OS. It also has compatible security solutions and real-time OSs available from third parties, enabling further product customization and simplifying development. Its StarterWare software stack allows developers to program the microprocessors like a MCU, without requiring an OS.

Sitara AM335x

Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors features and benefits

Prices for the AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors begin at $4.99 (in 100,000 unit quantities). Application-specific reference designs based on the AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors will be available later this year and into 2012.

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