Atmel’s Cortex-A5 MPUs for embedded industrial applications now available from MSC Gleichmann

The specialist high technology distributor, MSC Gleichmann, is now supporting Atmel”s latest, highest performance, low-power SAMA5D3 series of embedded microprocessor units (MPUs) which are based on the ARM Cortex-A5 core. The SAMA5D3 series is designed for embedded applications in the industrial space, including factory and building automation, smart grid, medical and handheld terminals, along with consumer applications such as smart watches and outdoor GPS devices.

For industrial applications there is an ongoing requirement for higher processing power and faster connectivity, while in the consumer space, battery-powered applications and wearable products are driving the requirements for lower power consumption. Smartphones and tablets are also setting new, more advanced standards for user interfaces and as a result here is an increasing shift beyond mobile to home automation and control panels for white goods.

In response to this Atmel has developed the SAMA5D3 MPU using a 65nm low-power process technology to deliver up to 850DMIPS at 536MHz while offering 1328MB/s at 166MHz bus speed. The floating-point unit (FPU) also provides additional high-precision processing power for image, audio and sensor data. The series delivers low-power consumption under 200mW in active mode at maximum speed and below 0.5mW in low-power mode when retaining context and offering fast wake-up.

Commenting CMSC Gleichmann”s managing director, Tim Bonnett said, “The new SAMA5D3 series addresses the need for high-performance, high-precision processing while also satisfying the goal of delivering a low power solution for battery-powered products. Our role is to make this accessible to the designer, not just by supplying the devices, evaluation kits and development tools but by offering support based on our technical expertise and many years of embedded design experience.”


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