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November 8, 2011

TI introduces Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex -A8 microprocessors

Includes flexible power management options, UI and 3D capabilities

By CBR Staff Writer

Texas Instruments has introduced new Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex -A8 microprocessors to add 3D interactive touch screens, higher resolution displays, faster performance and multiple, flexible integrated connectivity options for a robust offering.

AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors consume 7 mW of power, and have prolong battery life, reduce heat emissions, to enable portable, pocket-sized, fan-less applications and deliver high performance with advanced 3D graphics capabilities, said the company.

The microprocessor also include a touch screen controller and sophisticated peripherals all on a single chip reduces printed circuit board (PCB) space, complexity and bill of materials (BOM) costs by as much as $40 for smaller sized applications.

With AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors, designers can begin development with the $89 BeagleBone, the open source hardware platform from the community.

Designers can also use the full-featured AM335x evaluation module (EVM) with a seven-inch LCD touch screen. The EVM includes TI’s WL1271 single-chip 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth technology to enable Wi-Fi Direct.

Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors features an ARM Cortex-A8 with NEON at up to 720 MHz that offers robust performance and operating system (OS) support to enable application processing, network connectivity, user interface (UI) and system control.

The new release also include flexible power management options and UI and 3D capabilities, said the company.

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TI Sitara ARM microprocessors general manager Dipti Vachani said the new Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors from TI allow designers to explore infinite possibilities for upgrading their systems without increasing cost or power consumption.

"Moreover, TI gives you all the tools, free software and 24/7 support to design. That’s true design ease — paramount to every TI embedded processor offering," said Vachani.

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