New from Octavo Systems is their OSD335x C-SiP incorporating an ARM Cortex-A8 Sitara AM335x processor from Texas Instruments. The main features are:
  • ARM Cortex-A8 processor
  • up to 1 Gbyte of DDR3 RAM
  • 4 Kbyte of EEPROM
  • two power supplies
  • up to 16 Gbyte of eMMC flash
  • MEMS  clock oscillator
  • over 100 passive components on 400-ball BGA

Octavo CTO Gene Frantz said: “It has everything you need for a Linux computer, all you need to do is add power and a couple of resistors.” Power can come from any of three sources
  • external adaptor providing 5 V
  • 5 V from a USB port
  • from a single Li-ion or Li-polymer battery (3.7 V nominal).

Octavo emphasizes that buying-in a readymade computer module removes the need to layout the critical DDR3 memory interfaces, sort out power sequencing, or handle EMI around the oscillator.

Applications are expected from building automation, to industrial control, to consumer goods.

Modules are said to be on the market by the end of the year. The first variation will be built on the AM3358 processor, and have 512 MByte of DDR3 and 4 Gbyte of flash. There will be industrial and commercial temperature versions.

Octavo OSD335x C-SiP family datasheet: here.