Direct Insight introduced the TRITON-TXFB production-quality ARM board. The TRITON-TXFB is configurable by changing a tiny (68mm x 26mm) processor module — from ARM9 to quad core ARM Cortex-A9. Unlike the many available community boards, the TRITON-TXFB is fully production-ready, with industrial temperature range support and protected I/O. It is intended for low and medium volume use in end-user products. The baseboards, modules, and Linux, Windows CE and Android software packages are available now.
ARM and Cadence Design Systems teamed on the first ARM Cortex-A57 processor for TSMC’s 16-nanometer (nm) FinFET manufacturing process. The test chip was implemented using the complete Cadence RTL-to-signoff flow, Cadence Virtuoso custom design platform, ARM Artisan standard cell libraries and TSMC’s memory macros. Their joint innovations will enable engineers to accelerate product development cycles and take advantage of leading-edge processes and IP.
Dialog Semiconductor introduced the DA9063 integrated configurable power management IC for ARM quad-core and dual-core application processors. The DA9063 PMIC device can deliver up to 12A from its six DC/DC converters, which is at least 24% better than the competition. The Dialog Semiconductor DA9063 IC has an operating temperature range of -40 to +85 degrees C. The device is available now.
Analog Devices announced their ADuCM360 system-on-a-chip. The IC is a fully integrated, 4 kSPS, 24-bit data acquisition system. The ADuCM360 features dual, high-performance, multi-channel sigma-delta analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), a 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 MCU, and Flash/EE memory. The ADI ADuCM360 is available now for $7.26 each in 1000-unit quantity. The chip is designed for direct interfacing to external precision sensors in both wired and battery powered applications.
VIA Technologies introduced the $49 APC Android PC system. APC features a WonderMedia ARM processor, Neo-ITX motherboard, VGA and HMDI display ports, four USB 2.0 ports, microSD slot, Ethernet port, 2GB NAND Flash, and 512 DDR3 SDRAM. The Android PC system includes a browser, preinstalled apps, and a custom build of Android that has been optimized for keyboard and mouse input. The APC will be ship in July 2012.
Fujitsu Laboratories Limited has developed the world’s fastest simulation technology for systems using the ARM computing core, which is widely used in mobile phones and other electronic devices. Fujitsu’s simulation technology is able to faithfully reproduce hardware operations with cycle-for-cycle real-time accuracy. The technology will help reduce the development cycle for systems and devices using ARM cores and encourage the development of a greater diversity of ARM-based systems.
Embedded Artists and NXP Semiconductors teamed on a new Android Open Accessory Application (AOAA) development kit. The AOAA Kit for Android includes the NXP LPC1769 and the LPC11C24 microcontrollers, which are based on the 32-bit ARM Cortex-M architecture. The board in the kit features a remote CAN node and interfaces for Ethernet, CAN and IEEE 802.15.4. The AOAA Kit for Android makes it easy for designers to develop, evaluate and prototype more complex accessories for Android smartphones and tablets. It is available now for $79.99.
ARM rolled out Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE). ARM DS-5 CE helps Android application developers create native software that can run up to four times faster than Java code. The reference software development toolkit is available now for download. The new edition is free for use by individuals and organizations with annual revenue of $100,000 or less, and up to 10 employees.
Texas Instruments introduced their Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors. The TI AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessor offers low power consumption, prolongs battery life, reduces heat emissions, and enables portable, pocket-sized, fanless applications. Pricing for the AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors start 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.
The new ARMv8 architecture will feature a 64-bit instruction set. The ARMv8 architecture will expand the reach of ARM processor-based solutions into consumer and enterprise applications where extended virtual addressing and 64-bit data processing are required. The ARMv8 architecture specifications describing all aspects of the ARMv8 architecture are available now to partners under license. ARM will disclose processors based on ARMv8 during 2012, with consumer and enterprise prototype systems expected in 2014.