Thursday, December 27, 2007

AT91SAM7S microcontroller and eval board

Recently I came across the AT91SAM7S microcontroller from Atmel (Wikipedia article). It's a very cool gadget and is affordably available at Digikey. Here is Atmel's ad copy:
The AT91SAM7SE512 is a Flash microcontroller with external memory bus based on the 32-bit ARM7TDMI RISC processor. It features 512K bytes of embedded high-speed Flash with sector lock capabilities and a security bit, and 32K bytes of SRAM. The integrated proprietary SAM-BA Boot Assistant enables in-system programming of the embedded Flash. The external bus interface supports SDRAM and static memories including CompactFlash and ECC-enabled NAND Flash.

Its extensive peripheral set includes a USB 2.0 Full Speed Device Port, USARTs, SPI, SSC, TWI and an 8-channel 10-bit ADC. Its Peripheral DMA Controller channels eliminate processor bottlenecks during peripheral-to-memory transfers. Its System Controller manages interrupts, clocks, power, time, debug and reset, significantly reducing the external chip count and minimizing power consumption.

In industrial temperature worst-case conditions, the maximum clock frequency is 48MHz. Typical core supply is 1.8V, I/Os are supplied at 1.8V or 3.3V. An integrated voltage regulator permits single supply at 3.3V. The AT91SAM7SE512 is supplied in a 128-lead LQFP Green Package, or a 144-ball LFBGA Green Package. It is supported by an Evaluation Board and extensive application development tools.

The AT91SAM7SE512 is a general-purpose microcontroller, particularly suited to applications requiring high performance, USB connectivity and extended on- and off-chip memory.
So that's already pretty cool, but even better, there is a great little evaluation board which is also available at Digikey. Software resources abound.

1 comment:

Raj said...

Informative post on AT91SAM7S.
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