Dallas, Tex. - Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the Sitara AM57x processor family, the highest performance devices in this processor platform. The processors, through their unique heterogeneous architecture including ARM Cortex-A15 cores for high-performance processing and running a high-level operating system (HLOS), target a broad range of embedded and industrial applications, TI said.
The AM57x processors integrate TI's C66x digital signal processors (DSPs) for analytics and real-time computation, programmable real-time units (PRU) and ARM Cortex-M4 cores for control functions, and video and graphic accelerators for advanced user interfaces and multimedia applications. The processors deliver performance of more than 40 percent greater than quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processors and 280 percent greater than standard dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processors found in the broad embedded market, according to TI.
The Sitara AM57x processors also are said to provide the industry's most advanced integration of compute, real-time control, connectivity and multimedia capabilities, which enable developers to simplify their designs with a single chip instead of using multiple chips for each function. This integration is well suited for applications such as industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), factory automation, machine vision, embedded computing, human machine interface (HMI), robotics, medical imaging, and avionics.
The AM57x processors are powered by a TI power management IC, the TPS659037. The AM57x EVM includes a connector for plugging in one of TI's WiLink 8 modules, enabling both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
TI also announced a new Processor SDK, the first scalable software across TI's Sitara and DSP processor portfolio. The processor families feature low- to high-end options (AM335x, AM437x and AM57x families) with a common code base so developers do not have to re-learn the software platform, said the company.
TI also collaborated with BeagleBoard.org to power the new BeagleBoard-X15 with the Sitara AM5728 processor and provide access to open-source hardware developers. Additional third-party solutions from the TI Design Network provide customers with validated hardware modules and software offerings, such as hardware-accelerated video codecs.
Availability: Samples of Sitara AM57x processors are now available from TI.
Resources: Contact TI's ecosystem partners to evaluate their Sitara AM57x-based solutions. Additional Sitara AM57x TI Designs reference designs are available now.