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New NeoMagic high-integration, low-power SOC runs Embedded Linux

Jun 27, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Santa Clara, CA — (press release excerpt) — NeoMagic Corp. has announced production deliveries of a new low-power system-on-chip (SOC) processor targeting mobile communications, productivity, and entertainment products. The MiMagic 3 offers the smallest solution for handheld systems in the market today, and boasts typical power consumptions as low as 100 mW running at 110 MHz. Support is available for operation under the Embedded Linux distributions from both LynuxWorks and Lineo.

Based on an ARM 720T RISC processor core, the MiMagic 3 operates at up to 110 MHz and integrates a rich set of peripherals including:

  • Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), CompactFlash (CF), and SmartCard interfaces
  • USB 'host' and 'function' controllers
  • Three high-speed, DMA-backed UARTs (Bluetooth compatible)
  • IrDA interface (115Kbps, 1.152Mbps, and 4Mbps)
  • AC-97 and UCB1200 interfaces (stereo audio and modem CODECs, touch screen interface, etc.)
  • Color/mono LCD controller
  • Various timer/counters, RTC, IRQ inputs, GPIOs
  • Power Management Control, 5 power states
  • 1k Byte on-chip Boot ROM
  • 16 Mbyte/sec high speed, DMA-assisted port for video support, such as a digital video camera
The 280-pin MiMagic 3 is available now at below $15 (USD) in volume, in two package options: a 16×16 mm flexible ball grid array (FBGA) package with 0.8 mm ball spacing, and an 11×11 mm Tape Array BGA package with 0.5 mm ball spacing. Both industrial and commercial grades are offered.

The MiMagic 3 development system, running Linux

A development system is available for $5000 (USD) which comes complete with RAM, Flash memory, access to the SOC's I/O ports, and a color LCD panel. It also includes a choice of operating systems including Microsoft Windows CE, Symbian, or Embedded Linux board support package (BSP), full documentation and technical support.

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