The $49 VAR-SOM-AM35 integrates the 600MHz AM3505 or 3D-accelerated AM3517 processor, running on only one Watt, and offers LCD and touchscreen as well as SD card, Ethernet, USB, serial, and CAN Bus.
The VAR-SOM-AM35 is designed for a variety of industrial and automotive applications: Following in the footsteps of the VAR-SOM-OM37 SOM announced in July, which is based on the Texas Instruments (TI) DM37xx system-on-chip (SoC), with an ARM Cortex-A8 core clocked at up to 1GHz.
The VAR-SOM-AM35 is based on TI's Sitara AM3505 or AM3517 SoCs. The processors had their Cortex-A8 cores clocked at 500MHz when they were announced a year ago, but are clocked to 600MHz here. Able to run on less than one Watt, according to TI, the Sitara AM3505 and AM3517 are similar to the OMAP35x, but lack their video acceleration DSPs (digital signal processors). The AM3505 and AM3517, which differ only in the addition of an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 2D/3D graphics accelerator on the AM3517, are targeted at industrial and automotive applications, as well as "smart white goods" and digital signage.
Key features include:
- Sitara AM3517 / AM3505 ARM Cortex-A8 processor at up to 600MHz
- 256MB DDR2
- 512MB NAND Flash
- Integrated Imagination PowerVR™ SGX530 2D/3D hardware accelerator
- 10 / 100 Ethernet
- USB 2.0: Host, OTG
- Audio in/out
- Camera interface
- Industrial temperature -40 to 85°C
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