Microprocessors Offer Highest-performing Single-core ARM Cortex-A8, Extreme System Integration
Tue, 10/19/2010 - 11:02am
Texas Instruments expanded its portfolio of Sitara ARM microprocessors (MPUs) with new AM389x Sitara MPUs that offer the industry’s highest-performing, single-core ARM Cortex-A8 with performance at up to 1.5 GHz. These MPUs also integrate peripherals that make them suitable for single-board computers, gateways, routers, servers, industrial automation, human machine interfaces (HMIs) and point-of-service data terminals. They are asserted to faster end products that include network connectivity, graphical user interfaces and display capabilities and the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously for multiple operating systems. The two new devices in the AM389x Sitara ARM MPU generation are the AM3892 and the AM3894 with several high-bandwidth integrated peripherals, including PCIExpress Gen2, SATA 2.0, dual Gigabit Ethernet and dual DDR2/DDR3 interfaces. This allows for quick transmission of data on and off the chip to take advantage of the performance of the ARM Cortex-A8 core within each processor. These ARM MPUs offer an on-chip display engine allowing output of two different streams of content for dual, simultaneous high-resolution displays. This display capability is appropriate for applications requiring a seamless graphical, dual-screen experience.