How to use a 1Ghz processor in your next design!

Today, we are excited to announce the partnership between GHI Electronics and Octavo Systems. Octavo’s OSD335x System in Package (SiP) incorporates Texas Instruments’ powerful Sitara™ AM335x processor with an ARM® Cortex®-A8 core. With all of the complex and sensitive components being handled internally by the OSD335x SiP, designers can easily harness this significant horsepower for their designs. On the software side, the processor used is the same processor utilized by the BeagleBone Black designed by the Foundation. The entire ecosystem, from the community to the software, is available to be used on the OSD335x SiP.

GHI Electronics’ OSD3358 Development Board is the official development and evaluation board for the OSD3358. The OSD3358 System on Module (SoM) provides yet another foot print for the OSD3358 family of products. The OSD3358 SoM simplifies the design even further by adding 4GB FLASH memory, crystals and other required circuitry. A power source is the only thing needed to utilize the OSD3358 SoM. The SoM can be hand placed for prototypes and also machine placed for full-blown production needs.

For fans of Microsoft products, the good news continues! We are working with Microsoft and other partners to make all of these amazing offerings easier to use with Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft Visual Studio. Click here to learn more on how to use Visual Studio to program the OSD3358 family of products.

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I’m so excited about this I can hardly type; there are too many questions I want to ask.

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Since this thing has so much power, technically it’s possible to run the entire IDE on the device. Since it’s linux it will have SSH et al. (sigh, going giddy with excitement).

C++ ?
Looks like we are moving backwards towards low level languages.

@ terrence - Yes and no. Since .net framework is open sourced and can run on many Linux platforms, it is possible to use C# on this device. This actually will be the very first thing that I will setup once I get it.

Good point
. I look forward to your report.

What kind of power consumption can we expect?

Could really use a comparison matrix against the usual suspects. This thing is landing solidly in territory already occupied by well-established solutions, so what distinguishes it from the competition?

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The mikrobus socket on the Development board. And a bunch of netmf drivers that can run on .net core soon…?

@ godefroi - The Texas Instruments (TI) Sitara™ AM3358 is what distinguishes it.

@ njbuch - That doesn’t really distinguish it. I can put a MikroBus socket on a Pi Compute Module board and then bob’s my uncle.

@ Mr. John Smith - But what does that mean? Pi 3 is a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 with a big pile of peripherals and a gigantic community. What does the AM3358 buy me here? This is an honest question; what’s the value proposition here? Prices haven’t been released, but I think I’m pretty safe to assume that this thing (even the module, sans dev board) is going to cost more than $35.

Even in quantity 100, the chip itself is more than $35 (, but will most likely be less for a “partner”.

Wuaw, thats a brilliant idea! And who is bob anyway :whistle:

@ godefroi - RPI is a fine product but it is not something you would integrate inside a design. Reasons can be size, temperature tolerance, vibration and many more.

I guess you are saying that this a more professional product? I managed to see that you mentioned “easier to integrate” in your earlier post - I would like to have you expand that…? Why is it easy? And why is it more professional…? :slight_smile:

@ Gus - right, you’d integrate the Pi compute module. Just like this thing is basically a BBB compute module.

@ godefroi - Ok so the reasons are a bit niche. To put it simply those Programmable Real-Time units are the big deal.

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Now granted, people haven’t been using the PRTs as TI expected. They are programmed in a low level assembly like language that creates a big barrier of entry. TI has been promising better tools to develop on those for a few years now, but I haven’t seen it materialize as yet.

@ GHI - Will the Module be 5V tolerant or will it require level shifters?

Let’s not forget it’s a single BGA package that includes theTexas Instruments (TI) Sitara™ AM3358 Arm® Cortex®-A8 processor, the TI TPS65217C PMIC, the TI TL5209 LDO, a 512MB DDR3, and over 140 Passives. Is there single BGA Pi package?

But does it run VB.Net? :smiley: