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June 01, 2011

Atmel ARM9 Microcontrollers are Now Compatible with Android

Atmel (News - Alert) Corporation, a provider of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components, has tweaked its SAM9G45 and SAM9M10 ARM (News - Alert)-based products to support Android OS for apps in consumer, industrial and computing markets.

The Android OS is widely adopted not just in handsets and tablets but in a variety of applications in vertical markets, including household appliances, industrial equipment monitors and medical devices. Embedded developers can realize more benefits from Android (News - Alert) than traditional Linux distributions.

The SAM9G45 is a 400MHz ARM926 based embedded microprocessor with DDR2 and LPDDR support, and features a wide range of connectivity and user interface peripherals, as well as a dual external bus interface. It supposedly integrates multiple communication interfaces such as high-speed USB host and device with transceivers, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet controller and high-speed SDIO/MMC interface.

The SAM9M10 is built with a hardware video decoder that supports multiple formats (H264, H263, MPEG4, MPEG2, VC1) in resolutions up to WVGA or D1 at 30fps. It includes graphics acceleration, such as scaling, rotation, color conversion and picture-in-picture. Its dual bus interface sustains the high bandwidth required by the processor and its high-speed peripherals.

Atmel asserted that it is collaborating closely with companies such as Mentor Graphics to provide designers with the option to use a ready-to-use UI GUI (user interface graphical user interface) for their embedded applications in vertical markets.

Mentor Graphics (News - Alert) stated that it is excited that the Atmel SAM9 class of devices will fully support the Android OS for consumer and industrial applications and is working closely with Atmel to ensure embedded developers can quickly pull up its Inflexion UI tool to create rich UIs and get the most out of their hardware design using the easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Inflexion UI tool.

Officials with Atmel exclaimed that Atmel is committed to bringing easy-to-use solutions for its ARM-based embedded developers to design applications in consumer and vertical markets. The support of Android OS on Atmel’s ARM9-based products is proof of the company’s commitment to listen to customers and address their requirements. Atmel will continue to provide its customers with tools and support that can help them save overall system costs and bring their products faster to market.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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