Variscite is proud to offer the lowest cost Cortex-A8 System-on-Module(COM) on the market.

VAR-SOM-AM35The $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 have 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.


VAR-SOM-AM35 block diagram


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


Variscite also offers a more fully featured, touchscreen-enabled VAR-DVK-AM35 development kit. The VAR-DVK-AM35 serves as a complete development kit for evaluation and application development, says Variscite. It the VAR-AM35CustomBoard with a 7″ resistive/capacitive touchscreen and a 12V power supply, as well as serial, Ethernet, and USB cables.

VAR-SOM-AM35 Development kit
VAR-DVK-AM35 – VAR-SOM-AM35 Development kit

VAR-AM35CustomBoard – VAR-SOM-AM35 Carrier (Single Board Computer)