AM64x processor module for industrial IoT, robotics and comms

AM64x processor module for industrial IoT, robotics and comms

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With up to two Cortex A53 Cores, four Cortex R5F Cores and a Cortex M4F Core on the TI AM64x processor, a system-on-module SOM from SolidRun opens up industrial IoT applications
By Nick Flaherty

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SolidRun in Israel has launched a System on Module (SOM) and carrier boards for industrial applications using the AM64x processor family from Texas Instruments (TI).

The AM64x SOM is aimed at applications that require a combination of precise real-time processing and application processing, and the family has two Cortex A53 cores for OS-level and applications processing, up to four Cortex R5F cores for real-time computing, servo control and functional safety, and an isolated Cortex M4 MCU channel for error monitoring.

The SOM measures 47 x 30mm and includes onboard eMMC storage, a sub-1GHz MCU for radio communication, and up to three gigabit Ethernet physical layer transceivers. It has diagnostic libraries, inline ECC, an isolated Cortex-M4 core that can work independently from the SoC, secure boot with hardware-enforced root of trust and more.

The processor is built in TI’s 16nm CMOS FinFET process technology to support fanless designs and are robust to extreme environments ranging from -40°C to 85°C.

The SOM has two built-in gigabit industrial communications subsystems (PRU-ICSSG) that support industrial ethernet protocols such as Profinet IRT, Profinet RT, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT and Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN). Paired with high-speed PCIe, USB 3.0 and integrated ethernet switch interfaces, as well as general industrial connectivity options like UART, I2C, CAN and ADC, the SOM is the ideal foundation for industrial communications systems, factory automation, industrial robot and machinery control, industrial gateways, M2M communication and much more. 

The AM64x SOM family features multiple ordering options for single to dual-core A53 and single to quad-core R5F options based on the TI AM6411, AM6412, AM6421, AM6441 and AM6442 processors. The SOMs can be paired TI’s CC1312 multiprotocol and multiband SimpleLink wireless MCU for sub 1GHz communication for 6LoWPAN, MIOTY and Wi-SUN protocols allows the SOM to conduct advanced sensing and metering of sensors, which is especially useful for HVAC, smart buildings, advanced medical systems and smart meter designs.

SolidRun also offers new carrier boards for the SOMs. The Hummingboard-T AM64X Base and Hummingboard-T AM64X Pro carrier boards support up to 1GB of DDR4, 8GB of eMMC flash memory and features expansion and communications options with GPIO header, I/Os for USB 3.0, CAN-FD and RS485/RS232 and up to three gigabit Ethernet ports with two featuring PRU ICSSG. There is also an optional Cat 4 LTE with SIM slot and optional CC1312 SimpleLink 1 GHz wireless MCU

“Industrial automation, robots, smart buildings and more all require powerful applications processing capabilities as well as robust, real-time communications for precise machine control,” said Dr. Atai Ziv, CEO at SolidRun. “Until now, no single solution could do it all. Our family of AM64x-based SOMs streamlines hardware specifications and enables developers to quickly design compact, precise, and connected edge devices and industrial network solutions for next-generation industrial IoT and automation.”

The TI AM64x S SOMs and Hummingboard carrier boards are available through SolidRun which can also supply an optimized board support package, stable long-term support for select software distributions, access to SolidRun’s support tools and sample source code.

www.solid-run.com/embedded-industrial-iot/ti-am64x-sitara-family/am64x-sitara-som/#software

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