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Atmel Introduces a New Series of Microprocessors: SMART ARM

By CIOReview | Monday, September 28, 2015

SAN JOSE, CA: Atmel Corporation, the microcontroller and touch solutions provider rolls out a new series of Atmel SMART ARM Cortex-A5-based microprocessors (MPUs) which are considered as the lowest power consuming MPU among all others in its class.

The new series provides better system integration due to the addition of a complete audio subsystem, lower pin-count and ultra-small package for space constraints applications; and built-in PCI-level security targeting industrial Internet of Things (IoT), wearables and point of sale (POS) applications.

The SAMA5D2 series expands the Atmel SAMA5 family; delivers the right price-to-performance ratio for entry-level MPU applications and extended industrial temperature range (-40 to 105°C ambient temperature). It acts as a migration path for designers using ARM926-based MPUs looking for higher performance, low power, higher security, DDR3 support, smaller footprint, audio, USB HSIC and Atmel's patented SleepWalking technology.

"Designers for industrial IoT, wearables and POS applications are demanding more performance, lower power, smaller form factors and additional security for their next-generation applications. The Atmel SAMA5D2 is well positioned for these demanding requirements, delivering the world's lowest power MPU, along with low-system cost and PCI level security," states Jacko Wilbrink, Sr. Director of MPUs, Atmel Corporation.

SAMA5D2 series consists of ARM NEON engine that delivers 500MHz and 166MHz of system clocking. The memory system includes 16 or 32-bit DDR interface controller, 16-bit External Bus Interface (EBI), Quad Serial Peripheral Interface (QSPI) Flash interface, ROM with secure and non-secure boot solution, 128kB of SRAM plus 128kB of L2Cache configurable as SRAM extension. Whereas, the UI includes a 24-bit TFT LCD controller, an audio subsystem with fractional PLL, multiple I2S and SSC/TDM channels, a stereo class D amplifier and Digital microphone support.

ARM TrustZone technology is installed to secure the SAMA5D2 series by offering secure boot, hardware cryptography, RSA/ECC, on-the-fly encryption/decryption on DDR and QSPI memories and more.