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    Embest presents the new MBC-SAMA5 CPU core board based on the SAMA5D3 eMPUs. Operating at 536MHz, the module supports Linux distributions including Angstrom and Android™, while also featuring 512MB DDR2 SDRAM, 256MB NAND Flash, 16MB NOR Flash, 4MB DataFlash® and one-wire EEPROM. The CPU core processor module help you to fatern you product development, reduce the design space and reduce product to market time.



    Atmel SAMA5D3 MCU - The Atmel SAMA5D3 is a high-performance, power-efficient embedded MPU based on the ARM® Cortex™-A5 processor, achieving 536 MHz with power consumption levels below 0.5 mW in low power mode. The device features a floating point unit for high-precision computing and accelerated data processing, and a high data bandwidth architecture. It integrates advanced user interface and connectivity peripherals and security features.


    The SAMA5D3 features an internal multi-layer bus architecture associated with 39 DMA channels to sustain the high bandwidth required by the processor and the high-speed peripherals. The device offers support for DDR2/LPDDR2/LPDDR2 and MLC NAND Flash memory with 24-bit ECC.



    ARM Cortex-A5 - The ARM Cortex™-A5 processor is the most energy efficient, lowest cost processor capable of delivering the internet to the widest possible range of devices and applications that require virtual memory management for high-level operating systems within an extremely low power profile. These processors deliver high end features to power and cost sensitive applications, featuring:

    • Multiprocessing capability for scalable, energy efficient performance
    • Optional floating point or NEON™ units for media and signal processing
    • Full application compatibility with the Cortex-A8, Cortex-A9, and Classic ARM processors
    • High performance memory system including caches and memory management unit



    Compatibility: The Cortex-A5 processor provides full instruction and feature compatibility with the higher performance Cortex-A8, Cortex-A9, and Cortex-A15 processors - all the way down to the operating system level. The Cortex-A5 processor also maintains backwards application compatibility with Classic ARM processors including the ARM926EJ-S, ARM1176JZ-S, and ARM7TDMI®.



    Key Applications: Smartphones, low cost handsets and smart mobile devices, to pervasive embedded, consumer and industrial devices.

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    Development Tools


    Software Development Tools:


    Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription

    Atmel Studio 6



    Atmel Studio 6 Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is the integrated development environment (IDE) for developing and debugging Atmel ARM® Cortex™-M and Atmel AVR® microcontroller (MCU) based applications. TheAtmel Studio 6 IDE gives you a seamless and easy-to-use environment to write, build and debug your applications written in C/C++ or assembly code. Learn More

    IDEARMDS-5ARM Cortex™-A  / Cortex™-R / ARM9™ / ARM11™

    The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) tool enable developers to get the best from their ARM technology-based systems. Whether implementing an ARM processor-based SoC or writing software for an Application Specific Standard Product (ASSP), ARM tools enable you to deliver the best solution with the highest performance and lowest power. Learn More


    Hardware Development Tools:


    Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription
    Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsARMDSTRM-KT-0181ADSTRM-KT-0181AARM7 / ARM9 / ARM11 / Cortex-A / Cortex-R / Cortex-MDSTREAM Debug and Trace Unit
    Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsSeggerJ-LinkJ-LinkARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / Cortex-A / ARM7™ / ARM9™JTAG/SWD Emulator with USB interface
    ProgrammerSeggerFlasher ARMFlasher ARMARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / Cortex-A / ARM7™ / ARM9™Flash Programmer for ARM and Cortex cores


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    Technical Documents

    Learning Center


    User ManualComing Soon.....
    DatasheetComing Soon.....



    Design Elements


    SchematicComing Soon.....
    Application NotesComing Soon.....



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    Kit Features

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    • Core
      • ARM® Cortex™-A5 Processor with ARM v7-A Thumb2® Instruction Set (CPU Frequency up to 536 MHz)
      • 32 Kbytes Data Cache, 32 Kbytes Instruction Cache, Virtual Memory SystemArchitecture (VMSA)
      • Fully Integrated MMU and Floating Point Unit (VFPv4)
    • Memories
      • MCU Internal:
        • One 160KB ROM
        • One 128KBSRAM
      • External (CPU Board):
        • Two 256MB DDR2 SDRAM,
        • One 256MB NANDFlash,
        • One 16MB NOR flash,
        • One 4MB DataFlash,
        • One one-wire EEPROM.
    • MCU Peripherals
      • LCD TFT Controller with Overlay, Alpha-blending, Rotation, Scaling and Color Space Conversion
      • ITU-R BT. 601/656 Image Sensor Interface
      • Three HS/FS/LS USB Ports with On-Chip Transceivers
        • One Device Controller
        • One Host Controller with Integrated Root Hub (3 Downstream Ports)
      • One 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet Mac Controller (GMAC) with IEE1588 support
      • One 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Mac Controller (EMAC)
      • Two CAN Controllers with 8 Mailboxes, fully Compliant with CAN 2.0 Part A and 2.0 Part B
      • Softmodem Interface Three High Speed Memory Card Hosts (eMMC 4.3 and SD 2.0)
      • Two Master/Slave Serial Peripheral Interface
      • Two Synchronous Serial Controllers
      • Three Two-wire Interface up to 400 Kbits supporting I2c Protocol and SMBUS
      • Four USARTs, two UARTs, one DBGU
      • Two Three-channel 32-bit Timer/Counters
      • One Four-channel 16-bit PWM Controller
      • One 12-channel 12-bit Touch-Screen Analog-to-Digital Converter
      • Write Protected Registers
    • Boot Loader: Boot on NAND Flash, SD-Card, eMMC, serial Data Flash, selectableOrder


    Software Features - Linux

    CategoriesDriversFunctionsSource Code
    Boot-LoaderAT91BootstrapLead U-bootFree & Open

    1. NAND Flash erasing ,reading and writing

    2. Support network download images

    3. Support the establishment, save the environment variable

    4. Support the memory contents display, contrast, and modification

    5. Support bootm, bootargs settings

    Free & Open
    KernelEMACNetwork driverFree & Open
    RTCRTC functionFree & Open
    SerialSerial driverFree & Open
    CANCAN driverFree & Open
    RS485RS485 driverFree & Open
    Temp.Temperature sensor driverFree & Open

    1. Support USB keyboard, mouse and U stick

    2. USB trans serial driver

    Free & Open
    GPIOGPIO driverFree & Open
    SD-cardSD/MMC/SDIO driverFree & Open
    LCD+touchSupport 4.3’ LCD display and touchscreenFree & Open
    HDMIHDMI driverFree & Open
    AudioAudio driver, support AC97 and IIS, default driver is IISFree & Open
    File SystemAngstromProvide File SystemFree & Open
    AndroidProvide File SystemFree & Open


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    Kit Contents

    • Atmel SAMA5 Based MBC-SAMA5 Core Module Board
    • Product CD - Product information and sample codes.



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