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Products and Technologies for Embedded Systems and Networking

Lizard: The Innovative CPU Module Based on TI AM3505/AM3517 Processors

The new Lizard is a groundbreaking solution, based on the superscalar Cortex-A8 processor, and is specifically designed to satisfy the increasing demand of systems requiring high performance but low power consumption levels.

Lizard offers high flexibility, thanks to the complete interfaces set and the extremely compact form factor (70mm x 50mm). The Lizard features the NEON multimedia accelerator, a PowerVR SGX 3D graphics engine from Imagination Technology (capable of 10Mpoly/s), on-board NOR and NAND flash memories as well as support for high-resolution displays. Moreover, it is one of the first solutions in the market that can offer a rich set of peripherals (including CAN, Ethernet, serial buses and 3.3V GPIOs) together with huge computational power (to run complex operating systems like Linux and WinCE), and simultaneously very energy efficient. In addition, Lizard is pin-to-pin compatible with Dave’s Zefeer ARM9
CPU module family, allowing customers to revamp their systems with reduced efforts.

The industrial specification compliance, including the extended operating temperature range from -40°C to +85°C considerably broaden the application range, which can run from industrial control home automation to point-of-service products. With the new Lizard, an immediate implementation of all embedded systems is possible. Customers have a “dramatic” abatement of time-to-market due to the use of a CPU module that supplies all the key components of the system (CPU, RAM, PSU, flash memories and peripherals). This allows customers to concentrate on further differentiating their products
by focusing only on the design of the host board and the final application.

Innovation and continuity

Stefano Dal Poz, CEO of Dave S.r.l, commented: “We make it a point to always offer state-of-the-art solutions, but at the same time we want to provide our customers with our long-time expertise, to help them in the development of solutions that can last even for decades.

“Lizard is the perfect example of this strategy, which extends to the top-level of our ARM CPU modules offering, keeping full compatibiliy with the previous Zefeer family. Thus, we guarantee the economic and technical value of the choices already made, increasing at the same time performance,
efficiency and software support. For these reasons, Lizard stands as a candidate to become our leading CPU module for the near future.

Elizabete De Freitas, ARM Processors Product Marketing Manager, TI added: “We are very excited about the launch of the Lizard module, based on TI’s new Sitara ARM Cortex-A8 processors, since they provide a very high computing performance and an enriched peripheral set, for the next generation of high demanding industrial applications. We are happy to be fully aligned with Dave, since both of us believe in products providing a very short time to market to end customers and high reliability and longevity, which are highly appreciated by the industrial market.

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