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Microchip’s New ARM SAM9X60D1G Micro in a Compact System-on-Module

The small-form factor SOM includes the Microprocessor and a 4Gb Flash Memory in a single package

Microchip Technology has expanded its portfolio of MPU System-on-Modules (SOMs) with the SAM9X60D1G-SOM ARM926EJ-S™-based embedded MPU running up to 600 MHz. The module incorporates the microprocessor and flash memory, together with the necessary support components in a single compact, ready to run package. Software for the SAM9X60D1G System-on-Module is available with bare metal or Real-Time-Operating-System (RTOS) support through MPLAB® Harmony 3 or complete Linux® mainlined distribution packages.

New ARM SAM9X60D1G MPU Incorporated in a Compact SOM

The SOM, based on the SAM9X60D1G System in Package (SiP), is a small 28 mm x 28 mm hand-solderable module that includes the MPU and DDR in a single package, along with the necessary power supplies, clocks and memory storage. The SAM9X60D1G-SOM is Microchip's first SOM equipped with a large 4 Gb SLC NAND Flash to maximize 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 the MCP16501 Power Management IC (PMIC), which simplifies the power design effort to a single 5V voltage rail to enable lower-power systems.

For an Ethernet-connected system, the SAM9X60D1G-SOM also contains a 10/100 KSZ8081 Ethernet PHY and a 1 Kb Serial EEPROM with pre-programmed MAC address (EUI-48). Customers can further customize their design based on the level of security protection required, secure boot is available with on-chip secure key storage (OTP), hardware encryption engine (TDES, AES and SHA) and True Random Number Generator (TRNG).

“With the SAM9X60D1G-SOM, designers can take advantage of a mid-level performance MPU and significantly reduce design complexities,” said Rod Drake, vice president of Microchip's 32-bit MPU business unit. “This latest SOM provides customers a small-form factor solution directly from Microchip and eases the logistics burden of separately procuring each of the six active components and numerous passives on the SOM.”

Features of the ARM9 SAM9X60-SOM System On Module include:

  • High-Performance ARM Processor
    • 600MHz ARM926EJ-S Core, 200MHz System/Memory Bus
    • 32 kB Data Cache and 32kB Instruction Cache
  • Memory
    • 1Gbit integrated DDR2
    • 4Gb onboard NAND flash
    • 64 kB internal SRAM
    • Analog Comparator
  • Communication
    • Single 10/100 Ethernet, Dual CAN, Dual SD Card/eMMC
    • 2Kb Serial EEPROM with EUI-48™ Node Identity
    • Two High-speed USB Hosts + One High-speed Host or Device
    • Thirteen FLEXCOMs (USART, SPI and I²C)
    • 24-bit LCD Controller with overlays up to 1024x768 resolution
    • 2D Graphics Engine, Camera Interface
    • Built-in Class D Amplifier
  • Security
    • Hardware Encryption Engine (TDES, AES and SHA) and True Random Generator (TRNG)
    • Secure Boot with on-chip Secure Key Storage (OTP)
    • Physical protection against tamper, 8 tamper detection pins
    • On the Fly scrambling / unscrambling for memories
    • Up to 6 Tamper Pins
  • Development System
    • Free mainline Linux® Distribution
    • Ensemble Graphics Toolkit (EGT) Linux graphics development
    • MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment and MPLAB® Harmony v3
    • Harmony Graphics Suite - RTOS graphics development
    • Multiple Third-party Software support

More information on the ARM9 SAM9X60-SOM System On Module can be found on the Microchip Web site at Microchip SAM9X60D1G-I/LZB product page

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The company’s Web site address is www.microchip.com
[Reprinted with kind permission from Microchip Corporation - Release Date, 4th August, 2022]