The latest small-form-factor SOM Eases Design and Manufacturing and Speeds Time to Market
As the embedded market continues to grow rapidly and evolve, developers are seeking to optimize product development, or they may need to transition from a microcontroller (MCU) to a microprocessor (MPU) to handle increased processing requirements. To help developers with this transition and reduce design complexities Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP) today announces it has expanded its portfolio of microprocessors system-on-modules (SOMs) with the SAM9X60D1G-SOM ARM926EJ-S ™ -based embedded MPU running up to 600 MHz. Software for the SAM9X60D1G-SOM is available with bare metal or RTOS support through MPLAB ® Harmony3, or complete Linux ® mainlined distributions.
The SOM, based on the SAM9X60D1G System in Package (SiP), is a small 28 mm × 28 mm
hand-solderable module that includes the MPU and DDR in a single package, along with power
supplies, clocks and memory storage. The SAM9X60D1G-SOM is Microchip’s first SOM equipped
with 4 Gb SLC NAND Flash to maximize memory storage of data in application devices, while the
on-board DDR reduces the supply and price risks associated with memory chips. The small-form-
factor SAM9X60D1G-SOM also includes an MCP16501 power management IC (PMIC), which
simplifies the power design effort to a single 5V voltage rail to enable lower-power systems.
To offer the features an Ethernet-connected system might require, the SAM9X60D1G-SOM
contains a 10/100 KSZ8081 Ethernet PHY and a 1 Kb Serial EEPROM with pre-programmed MAC
address (EUI-48). Customers can further customize their design based on the level of security
protection required such as secure boot with on-chip secure key storage (OTP), hardware
encryption engine (TDES, AES and SHA) and True Random Generator (TRNG).
“With the SAM9X60D1G-SOM, designers can take advantage of a mid-level performance
microprocessor and significantly reduce design complexities,” said Rod Drake, vice president of
Microchip’s 32-bit MPU business unit. “This latest SOM provides customers a small-form-factor
solution directly from Microchip and eases the logistics burden of separately procuring each of the
six active components and numerous passives on the SOM.”
The SAM9X60D1G-SOM is the newest addition to the existing portfolio of MPU-based SOMs built
using a common set of proven Microchip components to reduce design complexity and overall
PCB costs. For example, because the complex devices are already routed on the SOM, customers
can design their products using a low-cost, four-layer PCB.
The SOM and its components are backed by Microchip’s client-driven obsolescence practice of
continuing to supply a product for as long as possible and while demand for the product exists.
This is particularly important in today’s semiconductor climate of high demand and supply
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The SAM9X60D1G-SOM is designed for many MPU32 end applications across a variety of
industries such as medical equipment, automotive telematics and infotainment systems, electric
vehicles chargers, industrial and automation control and more. It is also particularly well-suited for
products designed for providing computing capabilities with multiple communication interfaces that
are qualified once and then customized for separate projects.
Microchip provides both hardware and software development support for the SAM9X60D1G-SOM
including the SAM9X60D1G Curiosity Evaluation Kit (CPN: EV40E67A) featuring three Linux
distributions: BuildRoot, Yocto and OpenWRT. The bare-metal or RTOS-based systems are
supported by MPLAB ® Harmony 3 embedded software framework, MPLAB X Integrated
Development Environment (IDE) and MPLAB XC32 compiler.
Pricing and Availability
The SAM9X60D1G-SOM (PN SAM9X60D1G-I/LZB) is available for $42.96 each in 5,000-unit
quantities. To purchase, contact a Microchip sales representative, authorized worldwide distributor
or Microchip’s Purchasing and Client Services website, www.microchipDIRECT.com.
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