Processors

System-on-module targets industrial IoT applications

07 December 2021

SolidRun has introduced a new system-on-module (SOM) to increase real-time and low-latency processing for industrial internet of things (IIoT) and industrial machinery applications.

Powered by the AM64x processor family from Texas Instruments, the SOM is aimed at applications that require a combination of precise real-time processing and application processing. It also comes equipped with:

  • Two Cortex A53 cores for OS-level and applications processing.
  • Up to four Cortex R5F cores for real-time computing, servo control and safety.
  • An isolated Cortex M4 MCU channel for error monitoring.

The SOM could be used for an integrated MCU subsystem and diagnostic libraries, inline ECC and an isolated Cortex-M4 core that can work independently from the system-on-chip. Applications where the SOM could be used include industrial communications systems, factory automation, industrial robot and machinery control, industrial gateways, M2M communication and more.

The TI AM64x processor-based SOM is architected on its 16 nm fin field-effect transistor (FinFET) production technology and packs an onboard embedded multi-media card (eMMC) storage, a sub-1 GHz MCU for radio communication and up to 3 GB Ethernet physical layer transceivers.

Additionally, the SOM uses two built-in gigabit industrial communications subsystems (PRU-ICSSG) that support industrial Ethernet protocols such as Profinet IRT, Profinet RT, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT and time-sensitive networking (TSN).

SolidRun also offers Hummingboard-T AM64X Base and Hummingboard-T AM64X Pro carrier boards that are perfect for prototyping with the AM64x processor-equipped SOMs. These new Hummingboard carriers support up to 1 GB of DDR4, 8 GB of eMMC flash memory and features other expansion and communications options.

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