Microchip expands SOMs portfolio with the SAM9X60D1G-SOM

Microchip Technology has expanded its portfolio of microprocessors system-on-modules (SOMs) with the SAM9X60D1G-SOM ARM926EJ-S-based embedded MPU running up to 600 MHz.

Software for the SAM9X60D1G-SOM is available with bare metal or RTOS support through MPLAB Harmony3, or complete Linux® mainlined distributions.

The SOM, based on the SAM9X60D1G System in Package (SiP), is a small 28 mm × 28 mm hand-solderable module that includes the MPU and DDR in a single package, along with power supplies, clocks and memory storage – it is Microchip’s first SOM equipped with 4 Gb SLC NAND Flash to maximise memory storage of data in application devices, while the on-board DDR reduces the supply and price risks associated with memory chips.

The small-form-factor SAM9X60D1G-SOM also includes an MCP16501 power management IC (PMIC), which simplifies the power design effort to a single 5V voltage rail to enable lower-power systems.

To offer the features an Ethernet-connected system might require, the SAM9X60D1G-SOM contains a 10/100 KSZ8081 Ethernet PHY and a 1 Kb Serial EEPROM with pre-programmed MAC address (EUI-48).

Customers can customise their design based on the level of security protection required such as secure boot with on-chip secure key storage (OTP), hardware encryption engine (TDES, AES and SHA) and True Random Generator (TRNG).

The SAM9X60D1G-SOM is the newest addition to the existing portfolio of MPU-based SOMs built using a common set of proven Microchip components to reduce design complexity and overall PCB costs.

The SOM and its components are backed by Microchip’s client-driven obsolescence practice of continuing to supply a product for as long as possible and while demand for the product exists. This is particularly important in today’s semiconductor climate of high demand and supply constraints.

The SAM9X60D1G-SOM is designed for many MPU32 end applications across a variety of industries such as medical equipment, automotive telematics and infotainment systems, electric vehicles chargers, industrial and automation control and more.

It is also suited for products designed for providing computing capabilities with multiple communication interfaces that are qualified once and then customized for separate projects.