Silica has expanded its range of microcontroller development tools by introducing a low cost ARM-based board for industrial applications.
Designed under the umbrella of Silica's Core ‘n More support programme, Pengwyn
is a 69 single-board computer based on TI's AM 3354 ARM Cortex-A8
Microprocessor. It provides industrial customers with a powerful open
platform to develop applications quickly and easily under Linux or
Windows Embedded operating systems.
The new board carries a powerful feature set to target industrial designs. Supporting the ARM Cortex A8 Microcontroller
is 256 MB of DDR3 RAM, 1Gbit of NAND Flash, which is widely used in
industrial applications, and 32 MB of SPI Flash Memory for communicating
with peripherals. It is well connected too, providing communications
and expansion via the on-board ports for USB Host and USB Device
functions as well as generic expansion modules. Networking is
facilitated by an RJ-45 Ethernet Port and a connector is provided to
attach an optional Gigabit Ethernet interface. The SDIO/MMC Port can be
used for optional Wi-Fi or Bluetooth modules.
"Pengwyn is a very concrete example of what Core ‘n More is all about",
said Mario Orlandi, Silica's vice-president of marketing, "working with
the world-leading MCU
vendors to help customers build smarter applications in the shortest
time frame and with the best technical back-up resources. With this new
development board we're providing industrial developers with a tool that
is both open and focussed on their needs".
Instead of using potentially conflicting third-part modules for peripherals
like Wi-Fi and LCD displays, Pengwyn expansion boards simplify designs
by providing Plug-and-Play capability, together with connectors for I2C,
SPI, and USB interfaces. On-board Flash memory carries appropriate
software and applications ready to run. Kernel modules automatically
load on boot and demonstration applications will be easily installable
from the Silica software repository. Together, these features make it
quick and easy to carry out jump in testing and develop new components.
Development is further simplified by the board's stripped-down power
supply, focussed on industrial applications that rarely demand deep
sleep modes. This further reduces design complexity and lowers costs.
Pengwyn will exclusively be available at SILICA and parent Avnet Express. The board will be priced at 69 Euro.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.