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Versatile, High-Performance, Low-Power Embedded MPUs

As you push the boundaries of performance and power, you want your underlying design technology to be easy to use and secure. Based on the ARM® Cortex®-A5 processor, the Atmel® | SMART SAMA5 series of microprocessor units (MPUs) delivers that balance in a rich set of peripherals and user interfaces. SAMA5 MPUs deliver high-performance, market leading low-power, and advanced security for cost-sensitive industrial and consumer applications. The devices come with free Atmel Linux and Android™ ports, Qt SDK, and complete set of C examples for non-OS users. SOM (System On Modules), PMIC (Power Management IC), memories and kits from multiple software and hardware partners complete this offering.


SAMA5D2 series:
The Atmel | SMART SAMA5D2 series extends the SAMA5 family by offering great features integrated into lower pin count packages, making it ideal for applications where security, power consumption or space constraints are key considerations.
SAMA5D3 series:
Operating at 850DMIPS at under 150mW, the Atmel | SMART SAMA5D3 MPU is ideal for any high-performance, low-power and cost-sensitive industrial application.
SAMA5D4 series:
The Atmel | SMART SAMA5D4 MPU operates at 945DMIPS, includes a 720p hardware video decoder and high level of security making it ideal for any high-performance, secure and cost-sensitive industrial application requiring video playback. Updated A5D4 speed from 528Mhz to 600Mhz.

 SAMA5D2SAMA5D3SAMA5D4
Max CPU / DDR speed (Mhz)500/166536/166600/200
Neon-
L2 cache (KB)128-128
DDR3 & Quad SPI--
USB HSIC--
EMAC1x 10/1001x Gbit
1x 10/100
2x 10/100
CAN-
LCD Interface
Video--Yes (720p)
Trust Zone-
On-the-fly memory encryption / Tamper detection-
Temperature range up to 105°C-

Key Features

  • High-performance architecture — Based on the ARM Cortex-A5 core with floating-point unit (FPU), the SAMA5 series is ideal for applications requiring high-precision computing and fast data processing. It features a 64-bit internal bus architecture, a 32-bit wide DDR controller that offers up to 1600MB/s of bandwidth, as well as Neon/VPFU for accelerated data processing.
  • Market-leading low power consumption — Innovative techniques push down power consumption to less than 150mW when running at maximum speed and under 300uW in low-power mode. This makes SAMA5 MPUs ideal for battery-operated applications.
  • Comprehensive peripheral set for connectivity and user interface applications — Includes Gigabit and 10/100 Ethernet, up to three High-Speed USB ports, dual CAN, several SDIO/SD/MMC, UARTs, SPIs, TWIs, soft modem, LCD controller with graphics accelerator, Class D amplifier, embedded touch controller, 720p hardware video decoder, camera interface, ADC, 32-bit timers, and more.
  • State-of-the-art security — Code protection includes a secure boot and on-the-fly encryption/decryption of the DDR bus, ARM Trust Zone, environmental monitors, hardware cryptography engines such as AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)/3DES (Triple Data Encryption Standard), RSA (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman) , ECC (Elliptic Curves Cryptography), as well as SHA (Secure Hash Algorithm) and TRNG (True Random Number Generator) to encrypt sensitive data and secure external transfers. Tamper pins detection protects the system against intrusion and provides secure data storage.
  • Safety — The SAMA5 series includes functions that ease the implementation of safety standards such as IEC61508. These include a main crystal oscillator clock with failure detector, POR (power-on reset), independent watchdog timers, write protection register, Memory Management Unit (MMU), Integrity Check Monitor (ICM) based on SHA and ARM Trust-Zone® technology.
  • Low system cost — The 0.8mm ball pitch package enables simple and low-cost PCB design. A simple power management scheme only requires a discrete power supply or low cost PMIC. Impedance matching on DDR lines reduce the need for external components. Three USB ports save the cost of an external USB hub and the integrated soft modem saves the cost of an external device.
  • Extensive ecosystem — Delivered with free Atmel Linux® and Android™ ports and a Qt SDK, as well as a complete set of C examples for non-OS users. SOM (System On Modules), PMIC (Power Management IC), memories, or kits from multiple software and hardware partners complete this offering.

 

SAMA5D2

Benefits

Description

  • ARM Cortex-A5 core running at 500MHz (785DMIPS).
  • Floating point unit (FPU) for high-precision computing and accelerated data processing.
  • 128KB of L2 cache for system performance
  • Market-leading low power consumption
    • Less than 150mW in active mode at 500MHz with all peripherals activated
    • Less than 0.5mW in low power mode with SRAM and registers retention
    • Dual CAN-FD controller
  • 10/100 MAC with IEEE1588
  • Two HS High Speed USB ports (configurable as two hosts or one host and one device port)
  • One High Speed Inter-Chip Interface (HSIC) port
  • One 12-bit image sensor controller with Raw Bayer support
  • Graphic LCD controller with overlays for image composition
  • Advanced security features to prevent counterfeiting, secure external communication, and authenticate the system:
    • PCI pre-certified for payment applications*
    • On-the-fly encryption/decryption of code from external DDR.
    • Encryption engines supporting AES/3DES, TRNG, SHA.
    • Tamper detection pins
    • Environmental monitors
    • Memory content protection (secure key storage)
  • 11x11 BGA196, BGA289 (in 0.8pitch) package and also an ultra-small package option BGA256 (8x8mm in 0.4 pitch)
  • Extended industrial temperature range: -40°C to 105°C

The Atmel | SMART SAMA5D2 series is a high-performance, ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-A5 processor based MPU. The Cortex A5 processor runs up to 500MHz and features the ARM NEON SIMD engine a 128kB L2 cache and a floating point unit. It supports multiple memories, including latest-generation technologies such as DDR3, LPDDR3, and QSPI Flash. It integrates powerful peripherals for connectivity (EMAC, USB, dual CAN, up to 10 UARTs, etc.) and user interface applications (TFT LCD controller, touch controller, class D amplifier, audio PLL, CMOS sensor interface, etc.). The devices offer advanced security functions to protect customer code and secure external data transfers. These include ARM TrustZone, tamper detection, secure data storage, hardware encryption engines including private keys, on-the-fly decryption of code stored in external DDR or QSPI memory and a secure boot loader. The devices comes with a free Atmel Linux distribution.

Device
Description

ARM® Cortex®-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 500Mhz, Neon, L2 cache, TrustZone, 16-bit DDR, BGA196

ARM® Cortex®-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 500Mhz, Neon, L2 cache, TrustZone, 16-bit DDR, CAN, BGA196

ARM® Cortex®-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 500Mhz, Neon, L2 cache, TrustZone, 16-bit DDR, CAN, Enhanced Security, BGA196

ARM® Cortex®-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 500Mhz, Neon, L2 cache, TrustZone, 16/32-bit DDR, USB HSIC, BGA256

ARM® Cortex®-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 500Mhz, Neon, L2 cache, TrustZone, 16/32-bit DDR, BGA289

ARM® Cortex®-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 500Mhz, Neon, L2 cache, TrustZone, 16/32-bit DDR, CAN, BGA289

ARM® Cortex®-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 500Mhz, Neon, L2 cache, TrustZone, 16/32-bit DDR, CAN, Enhanced Security, BGA289

SAMA5D3

Benefits

Description

  • ARM® Cortex®-A5 core running at 536MHz (850DMIPS).
  • Floating point unit (FPU) for high-precision computing and accelerated data processing.
  • Market-leading low power consumption
    • Less than 150mW in active mode at 536MHz with all peripherals activated.
    • Less than 0.5mW in low power mode with SRAM and registers retention.
    • Dual CAN controller.
  • Gigabit Ethernet MAC and 10/100 MAC with IEEE1588.
  • Three HS High-Speed USB ports (configurable as three hosts or two hosts and one device port).
  • CMOS image sensor interface.
  • Graphic LCD controller with overlays for image composition
  • AES/3DES hardware encryption engines and secure boot.
  • BGA324 (15x15 in 0.8pitch) package and also a small package option BGA (12x12mm in 0.5 pitch).
  • Extended industrial temperature range : -40°C to 105°C.

Operating at 850DMIPS at under 150mW, the Atmel | SMART SAMA5D3 MPU is ideal for any high-performance, low-power and cost-sensitive industrial application. Think of it for control panels, smart grid devices and bar code scanners—anything that needs high levels of connectivity, enhanced user interfaces, robust security or is battery powered. The SAMA5D3 is also an ideal fit for wearable computing and mobile applications where low power and a small footprint are critical. The SAMA5D3 series includes devices supporting a -40/+105°C temperature range as well as 12x12mm BGA324 package (in 0.5mm pitch).

Device
Description

ARM Cortex-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 536MHz, Linux support, FPU, LCD controller, 10/100 Ethernet, security

ARM Cortex-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 536MHz, Linux support, FPU, LCD controller, gigabit Ethernet, security

ARM Cortex-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 536MHz, Linux support, FPU, LCD controller, gigabit Ethernet, dual CAN, security

ARM Cortex-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 536MHz, Linux support, FPU, dual Ethernet, dual CAN, security

ARM Cortex-A5 processor based embedded MPU, 536MHz, Linux support, FPU, dual Ethernet, dual CAN, security

SAMA5D4

Benefits

Description

  • ARM® Cortex®-A5 running at 600Mhz (945DMIPS).
  • ARM Neon for high-precision computing and acceleration of complex algorithms including multimedia.
  • 128KB of L2 cache for system performance.
  • 720p hardware video decoder supporting H264/263, VP8, JPEG.
  • Graphic LCD TFT controller with overlays for image composition.
  • CMOS image sensor interface.
  • Three High Speed USB ports (configurable as three hosts or two hosts and one device port).
  • Dual EMAC 10/100 with IEEE1588 support.
  • Advanced security features to prevent counterfeiting, secure external communication, and authenticate the system:
    • On-the-fly encryption/decryption of code from external DDR.
    • Encryption engines supporting AES/3DES, RSA, ECC - TRNG, SHA.
    • Tamper detection pins.
    • Memory content protection (secure key storage).
  • BGA289 and BGA361 in 0.8mm pitch.

The Atmel | SMART SAMA5D4 MPU is ideal for any high-performance, secure, and cost-sensitive industrial application. High-speed computing needs are supported by ARM Neon and a 128kB L2 cache that increases the overall system performance. The SAMA5D4 is an ideal fit for low-cost user interface applications that require video playback. The high-grade security features allow you to protect any system against counterfeiting and software theft, while also enabling you to securely store and transfer data.

Device
Description

ARM Cortex -A5 processor based embedded MPU, 600Mhz, Neon, L2 cache, Trust Zone, Security, 16-bit DDR, BGA289

ARM Cortex -A5 processor based embedded MPU, 600Mhz, Neon, L2 cache, Trust Zone, Security, 16/32-bit DDR, BGA361

ARM Cortex -A5 processor based embedded MPU, 600Mhz, Neon, L2 cache, Trust Zone, Security, Hardware video decoder, 16-bit DDR, BGA289

ARM Cortex -A5 processor based embedded MPU, 600Mhz, Neon, L2 cache, Trust Zone, Security, Hardware video decoder, 16/32-bit DDR, BGA361