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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Netbook on a credit card with world’s first i.MX51 DIMM module

Runs Windows CE and Linux, measures only 67.6 x 26 x 4.2 mm



Strategic Test has developed the world’s first Freescale i.MX51 processor-based System on Module (SOM). The TX51 measures just 67.6 x 26 x 4.2 mm (2.6” x 1” x 0.16”) and contains an ARM8 Cortex 800 MHz i.MX51 processor coupled with 128 MB mobile DDR-SDRAM, 128 MB NAND Flash memory and a 200-pin SODIMM connector, giving it the power of today's netbooks in a credit card format.
The i.MX51 multimedia applications processors offer high performance processing optimized for the lowest power consumption for smartbooks, netbooks, and other consumer and industrial applications including: portable media players, gaming consoles, secure handheld devices and applications requiring an advanced HMI. The TX51 is targeted at embedded multimedia applications where size, high-cpu performance and low power consumption are critical factors.
"Time to market is always important for developers, and especially so in the fast moving multimedia market. The TX51 module offers the performance, features and ease-of-use to slash development time,” said Bob Giblett, President of Strategic Test.
Key features include: LCD resolution up to 1280 x 768 pixels at 24 bpp, OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG 1.1 hardware accelerators, Multi-format HD 720p video decoder and D1 video encoder engine, Camera interface, NEON SIMD media accelerator, Vector Floating Point Unit, High-speed USB 2.0 OTG and Host, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet. Interfaces include: UART(3), SDIO(2), SSI/AC97/I2S(2), I2C, CSPI, Keypad, External memory interface.
The TX51 is pin-compatible with the existing i.MX27 and I.MX25 processor-based modules. The modules can be supplied with the Development Kit-5 hardware reference platform that includes support for Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Linux 2.6.
The TX51 module accepts an input voltage from various sources:
1-cell Li-Ion/Polymer (3.0V to 4.2V)
5.0V USB supply or AC wall adapter
3.3V
The TX51 is priced at 159 Euro in quantities from 1 to 249 and is sampling from January 2010. Production volumes will be available in Q1/2010.

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