TI's ARM® Cortex®-A8 Advantage

The ARM Cortex-A8 core is highly-optimized by ARM for performance and power efficiency. With the ability to scale in speed from 300MHz to 1.35GHz, the ARM Cortex-A8-based processor can meet the requirements for power optimized devices with a power budget of less than 300mW and enables performance-optimized consumer applications requiring greater than 2500 Dhrystone MIPS. Compared to the ARM11 core, the Cortex-A8 core a dual-issue superscalar, achieving twice the instructions executed per clock cycle at 2 DMIPS/MHz.

TI's ARM Cortex-A8 Advantage

Designed with power- and cost-sensitive applications in mind, TI’s portfolio of ARM Cortex-A8 processors offers comprehensive integration, software and hardware enablement, and one of the broadest performance ranges for ARM solutions available today. TI’s ARM Cortex-A8 devices enable advanced 3D graphics acceleration, flexible communications interfaces and robust display options.

Additional ARM Cortex-A8 Features Include:

  • Low-cost solutions starting at less than $5*
  • High-level operating systems and RTOS support
  • Production-ready reference platforms
  • Large 3P ecosystem for support and additional resources
  AM335x Cortex-A8 AM35x Cortex-A8 AM37x Cortex-A8
  AM335x Cortex-A8 Processor AM35x Cortex-A8 Processor AM37x Chip Shot
Speed (MHz) 300/600/800/1000 600 800/1000
DMIPs Up to 2000 Up to 1200 Up to 2000
Graphics SGX530 SGX530 SGX530
Operating system Linux™/Android™/Windows® CE/StarterWare/RTOS Linux™/Android™/Windows® CE/StarterWare/RTOS Linux™/Android™/Windows® CE/StarterWare/RTOS
Key Features LCD Controller, CAN, Gb EMAC switch, 2x USB w/PHY, Industrial Protocols, Touch Screen Control Display Subsystem, Video In/out, 10/100 EMAC, CAN, USB w/PHY Lowest power, Display Subsystem, Video In/out, PoP packaging, USB
Peripherals 3D graphics, PRU, Crypto, ADC, master & slave support (PROFIBUS and others), EtherCAT® slave, Gigabit EMAC I2C, SPI, UART, MMC/SDIO I2C, SPI, UART, MMC/SDIO
Apps Streaming Audio, Connected Home, Industrial Automation Industrial Automation, PLC PND, Ed. Tablet, PDT
Pricing Starting at $6.00 (1K) Starting at $13.75 (1K) Starting at $13.75 (1K)
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ARM Cortex-A8 Software Support

TI provides key runtime software components and documentation for ARM Cortex-A8 processors to further ease development. Software Development Kits (SDK) for Linux and Android can be downloaded on TI.com at no cost, and are also included with hardware evaluation modules (EVM) and development kits. SDKs for ARM Cortex-A8 require no royalties and include Board Support Packages (BSPs), tools, demos, documentation and more.

ARM Cortex-A8 Targeted Applications

In addition to the right levels of performance, TI’s ARM Cortex-A8 portfolio also incorporates the right levels of peripheral integration to support the needs of a variety of markets. Using Cortex-A8, device manufacturers have the ability to scale from cost-optimized solutions to highly integrated, performance-focused implementation with a single processor. Find ARM Cortex-A8 resources such as block diagrams, application notes, and other related information for the targeted ARM Cortex-A8 applications.