1GHz computer fits in a 27x27mm BGA package

1GHz computer fits in a 27x27mm BGA package

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By eeNews Europe

The 27x27mm 400-ball  BGA device integrates a complete system containing the 1GHz Arm Cortex-A8 Sitara AM335x processor from Texas Instruments, up to 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 4KB EEPROM, two power supplies, up to 16GB of eMMC non-volatile flash memory, a MEMS oscillator, and over 100 passive components.

“The addition of the eMMC and the Oscillator to the processor, RAM and power supplies makes the OSD335x C-SiP a complete system. It has everything you need for a powerful Linux computer integrated into a small, easy to use package. All you need to do is add power and a couple of resistors. That is why we call it a Complete System-In-Package” comments Octavo Systems’ CTO, Gene Frantz.
Through the integration of OSD335x C-SiP, many of the repetitive and tedious tasks associated with designing a computing system are removed. Things like laying out DDR3 memory interfaces and power sequencing are no longer required. Also, any concerns about Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) caused by the layout of the Oscillator are alleviated.

Besides simplifying the design of an embedded system, the OSD335x C-SiP is also about 50% smaller than an equivalent system built with individual components. This allows designers to shrink their designs, save cost on their PCBs, or add processing power to form factors that weren’t possible before.
Suited for a wide range of applications, the OSD335x C-SiP hits the sweet spot of size and performance for Building Automation, to Industrial Control, to Consumers goods, and is especially popular for IoT.

The OSD335x C-SiP simplifies the process of sourcing components and managing the supply chain. “We have heard from many of our customers how hard it is to get a constant supply of DDR or eMMC. Recently, this has expanded to components like capacitors. Since the OSD335x C-SiP is a complete system, we integrate these components, so our customers no longer need to worry about them. We work closely with our many suppliers to ensure a consistency of supply. The complete integration provided by our SiPs means our customers go from managing over 100 components to just 1”, explains Greg Sheridan, Marketing manager for Octavo Systems.

The OSD335x C-SiP will be available to the general market by the end of the year. The first variation will be built on the AM3358 processor, have 512MB of DDR3 memory, and 4 GB eMMC. It will be available in both industrial and commercial temperature ranges.

Pricing will be in line with what an equivalent discrete system would cost to build, claims the company.
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