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ST Microelectronics reveals the SPEAr1340 embedded microprocessor

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As a global leader in providing customers with semiconductors, systems-on-chips and an array of electronics applications, ST Microelectronics (NYSE: STM) announces the latest addition to its dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 microprocessor family, the new embedded microprocessor - SPEAr1340.

From high-resolution video-conferencing to intelligent displays and web-connected devices, the multimedia advanced SPEAr1340 microprocessor targets a broad range of smart connected devices.

Intergrated with an unyielding ARM Mali 200 graphics processing unit for advanced 2D and 3D acceleration in user interfaces, navigation systems, browsing, and gaming. the SPEAr1340 is at home in intensive multimedia applications, sporting a video encoder and decoder for popular compression standards, 1080p video resolution and capable of handling 4 video inputs.

“The unique combination of formidable processing power, high-level features, peripheral integration and advanced multimedia capabilities targets applications from entry-level web-connected devices to video-conferencing and security systems.” said Loris Valenti, General Manager of STMicroelectronics’ Computer Systems Division.

The graphics and video capabilities bring out state-of-the art multimedia performance with very low power consumption, while maintaining the two Cortex-A9 cores available for performing concurrent tasks. The SPEAr1340 microprocessor also provides excellent audio capabilities, handling up to 7.1 surround-sound configurations in both input and output paths.

The ARM Cortex-A9 processor supports both fully symmetric and asymmetric operations at speeds of 600MHz/core for 3000 DMIPS equivalent and the innovative Network-on-Chip (NoC) technology enables multiple different traffic profiles while maximizing data in a very efficient way without effecting performance.

Other features of the SPEAr1340 are:

  • 1x Giga/Fast Ethernet ports (for external GMII/RGMII/MII PHY)
  • 1x PCIe/SATA Gen2 links (with embedded PHY)
  • 2x USB 2.0 host ports with integrated PHYs
  • 1x USB2.0 OTG port with integrated PHY
  • I2S, UARTs, SPI, I2C ports
  • HD Display controller with Touch screen and Overlay windows capabilities
  • Memory Card controller supporting multiple standards
  • 6x6 keyboard controller
  • 4x Camera inputs
  • 4 -bit Parallel-port Video Input
  • 2x Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) ports
  • Secure Boot and Key Storage capabilities
  • Power-saving features

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