The microprocessors, based on the ARM Cortex-A8 processor, are enhanced with image, graphics processing, peripherals and industrial interface options such as PROFIBUS. The devices support high-level operating systems (HLOS). Linux® and Android™ are available free of charge from TI.
The AM3358-EP microprocessor contains the subsystems shown in Figure 1-1 and a brief description of each follows:
The microprocessor unit (MPU) subsystem is based on the ARM Cortex-A8 processor and the PowerVR SGX™ Graphics Accelerator subsystem provides 3D graphics acceleration to support display and gaming effects.
The Programmable Real-Time Unit Subsystem and Industrial Communication Subsystem (PRU-ICSS) is separate from the ARM core, allowing independent operation and clocking for greater efficiency and flexibility. The PRU-ICSS enables additional peripheral interfaces and real-time protocols such as PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, PROFIBUS, Ethernet Powerlink, Sercos, and others. Additionally, the programmable nature of the PRU-ICSS, along with its access to pins, events and all system-on-chip (SoC) resources, provides flexibility in implementing fast, real-time responses, specialized data handling operations, custom peripheral interfaces, and in offloading tasks from the other processor cores of SoC.
|Catalog||AM3358||TI's standard catalog product|
|ARM MHz (Max.)|
|On-Chip L2 Cache|
|Other On-Chip Memory|
|Operating Temperature Range (C)|
| Neutrino |
Windows Embedded CE
|1 ARM Cortex-A8|
| LPDDR |
|2-Port 1Gb Switch, 2-Port 10/100 PRU EMAC|
| CAN |
| 1588 |
|HiRel Enhanced Product|
|-40 to 105|
|Samples Not Available|