Atmel Corporation has added five new devices to the Atmel SAM9 ARM926-based family of microcontrollers (MCUs): the SAM9G15, SAM9G25, SAM9G35, SAM9X25, and SAM9X35. The new devices target applications in industrial and building control, HVAC, Point of Sale (POS) terminals, printers and medical devices, smart grid with data concentrators, human machine interfaces (HMI), and machine-to-machine (M2M) market segments.
The new MCUs support a range of key technology features, which include replacing SDRAM with DDR2 memory for more memory-intensive applications; NAND flash support with 24-bit ECC for reduced system cost; and more communication channels including dual 10/100 Ethernet, dual CAN and up to 3x USB ports for a variety of application requirements. Atmel has also teamed with Conexant to enable soft modem implementation to lower the overall bill of materials (BOM) by eliminating external components. The five new ARM926-based MCUs operate at up to 400MHz, while the core and peripherals consume only 100mW at maximum performance.
The new Atmel SAM9 devices include an advanced graphics LCD controller with hardware acceleration for more modern user interfaces in today’s industrial applications. The enhanced LCD controller includes overlays, alpha blending, image scaling, rotating and color space conversion to enable a more intuitive interface, while offloading the CPU.
The new SAM9 devices are ideal host processors for applications requiring DDR2 and NAND flash support, a rich combination of wired and wireless communication interfaces plus advanced LCD support.
A live webinar entitled “Technical Introduction to the New Atmel ARM926-based SAM9G15/G25/G35/X25/X35” is scheduled at 8 a.m. PT on September 20, 2011. To register for this event, go to TechIntroSAM9G15_G25_G35_X25_X35
Availability and Pricing
The SAM9G15, SAM9G25, SAM9G35, SAM9X25, SAM9X35 are available now in a 0.8mm ball pitch 217-ball BGA package. The SAM9G25 also ships in a 0.5mm ball pitch 247-pin BGA package. Pricing starts at $6.10 USD in 1,000-piece quantities.
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