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TQ plans next-generation ARM module

15 November 2017 Computer/Embedded Technology

With the embedded module TQMa57xx, TQ is planning a new Minimodule in which the processor family AM57xx is used with the basis of a Cortex A15 by Texas Instruments. A Cortex A15 Core with up to 2x 1,5 GHz is planned on the TQMa57xx module.

There will be a single- and a dual-core version of this CPU, integrating high-performance graphics. This will make it suitable for use in applications where the graphic and computing capacity play a role, in addition to quick data communication. TI-specific PRUs (Programmable Real Time Unit) and/or two Cortex M4 controllers can be used for industrial controllers and real-time support. Furthermore, developers can benefit from a DSP integrated in the CPU.

Several module variations can be used on a cross-department basis as a platform concept due to the scalability of the pin-to-pin-compatible CPU derivatives, and companies can thereby rely on existing know-how. In many projects, that not only saves valuable time but also adds savings to the development cycle.

This module is ideal for applications such as industrial controllers, Industry 4.0 and Internet-of-Things (IoT) gateways due to its small footprint of only 70 x 54 mm. With camera interfaces integrated into both processors, system innovations can also be implemented that place demands on applications with a direct camera connection.

As it is typical for TQ, all external usable signals of the CPUs are supplied to the customer via industry-compatible connectors. RAM up to 2 GB DDR3L + ECC, 256 MB Quad SPI NOR Flash and up to 32 MB eMMC Flash is planned for program and data memory on the embedded module. In addition, EEPROM and a battery-buffered and energy-saving real-time clock (RTC) from the motherboard are implemented.

For more information contact Rugged Interconnect Technologies, +27 (0)21 975 8894, sales@ri-tech.co.za, www.ri-tech.co.za



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