ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 14 Sept. 2012. Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo, Calif., is working together with Emcraft Systems LLC in Oceanside, Calif., to provide a miniaturized system-on-module (SOM) for embedded computing applications.
The SOM has Microsemi's SmartFusion customizable system-on-chip (cSoC) and pre-loaded, royalty-free uClinux in a 30-by-57-millimeter package to enable systems designers to reduce engineering and manufacturing complexities, Microsemi officials say.
Microsemi's SmartFusion cSoC integrates a field programmable gate array (FPGA), ARM Cortex-M3 processor ,and programmable analog on one chip. The uClinux kernel and applications execute on the 100 MHz 32-bit ARM core, while the integrated SmartFusion peripherals, FPGA fabric, and programmable analog blocks implement communications interfaces and protocols.
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The integrated SOM includes 16 megabytes of random access memory, eight megabytes of flash, an Ethernet PHY, clocks and supporting circuitry. Additional features include single 3.3-volt power supply; serial console interface; 802.3 Ethernet interface; watchdog timer; real-time clock; and uncommitted SmartFusion interfaces, including 90 FPGA I/Os, on the interface connectors.