Tiny SBC runs Linux on Vy­brid based COM

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F&S has an­nounced an open-spec ‘PCOMnetA5’ SBC, com­bin­ing a car­rier board with a Linux-ready COM (com­puter-on-mod­ule) equipped with Freescale’s Cor­tex-A5 and -M4 based Vy­brid SoC. The COM in­cor­po­rates a Freescale Vy­brid-F sys­tem-on-chip, which com­bines a 500MHz Cor­tex-A5 ap­pli­ca­tions pro­ces­sor run­ning Linux or Win­dows Em­bed­ded Com­pact with a 167MHz Cor­tex-M4 mi­cro­con­troller unit (MCU) run­ning Freescale’s MQX real-time op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

The com­puter-on-mod­ule that drives the new F&S Elek­tronik Sys­teme PCOMnetA5 SBC is a Pi­coCOMA5 mod­ule an­nounced back in Jan­uary 2014. The 50mm x 40mm Pi­coCOMA5 com­puter-on-mod­ule sup­ports up to 512MB RAM and 1GB flash, although on the PCOMnetA5 SBC, th­ese are di­alled down to 256MB and 128MB, re­spec­tively. The mod­ule in­te­grates a mi­croSD slot, as well as one to two 10/100 Eth­er­net con­trollers, both of which are en­abled as ports on the SBC.

The mod­ule at­taches to the 80mm x 50mm base­board via an 80-pole plug (80pin) con­nec­tor. In­ter­faces in­clude USB host and de­vice, dual RS232 in­ter­faces, one or two CAN in­ter­faces, plus I2C, SPI, GPIO and au­dio. The mod­ule also pro­vides a sep­a­rate TFT LCD dis­play in­ter­face with up to an 800 x 600-pixel res­o­lu­tion. Both 4-wire re­sis­tive and PCAP-Touch (via I2C) are avail­able. The mod­ule can be bought with a 17.78cm (7 inch) touch­screen op­tion, ap­par­ently in­de­pen­dent of any pur­chase of the new PCOMnetA5 SBC.

The PCOMnetA5 SBC extends the Pi­coCOMA5 COM with dual 10/100 Eth­er­net ports, a mi­cro-USB port, op­tional Wi-Fi, and a va­ri­ety of on­board in­ter­faces. Th­ese in­clude RGB, RS232/RS485, dual USB 2.0 host and dual CAN in­ter­faces. Users will also find I2C, SPI and seven dig­i­tal I/Os.

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