New Product Discoveries - Microchip's SAMA5D27 System on Module and MPLAB PICkit4

Today’s New Product Discoveries includes products exclusively from Microchip Technology. Microchip is well known as a microcontroller company. The product we will talk about today puts them one step ahead of the curve by continuing their long history of providing cost-effective ways for developing with their PIC and dsPIC products.

The first product I have is the SAMA5D27 System on Module (SoM). A SoM is essentially an entire computer system on one chip. What controls this computer system? The brain of this module is a 32-bit ARM Cortex-A5 Processor. Supporting that is one Gigabit of DDR2 SDRAM capable of running at 500 MHz. Additionally, within the SoM is a free Linux distribution as well as some bare metal C code examples.

The SAMA5D27 allows you to streamline your end product by way of simply soldering the SoM to your board – embedding a complete computer system within your design. Your design then reaps the benefits of Microchip’s expert circuit design for optimal operation in whichever application you are focused.

Digi-Key carries a development board for the SAMA5D27 module, part number ATSAMA5D27-SOM-EK1, which incorporates said module with Ethernet, an SD memory card, and Click Board mikroBUS integration to evaluate a wide array of sensor modules from MikroElekronika.

Additionally, Microchip continues to drive down the cost of in-circuit development with their latest installment to the PICkit series. The MPLAB PICkit 4 supports in-circuit debugging and programming of their PIC, dsPIC, and encrypted devices. Not only does the PICkit 4 program faster than previous versions, it supports advanced interfaces such as 4-wire JTAG and Serial Wire Debug with streaming Data Gateway while still being backwards compatible for systems using 2-wire JTAG and ICSP. The PICkit 4 gives you the ability to take your code and program virtually anywhere you go.

All the products in this New Product Discovery episode are stocked at Digi-Key Electronics and are available for purchase right now. Thanks for watching!

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Randall Restle, Vice President of Applications Engineering at Digi-Key Electronics is responsible for assessing, designing and directing a team of skilled application engineers, technicians and management personnel to lead Digi-Key’s technical strategy of serving customers in the selection and use of advanced technology products. He joined Digi-Key in 2011 after 35 years in engineering, designing digital and analog circuitry, printed circuit boards and embedded software.  Randall holds BSEE, MS and MBA degrees from the University of Cincinnati. He is also a Senior Member of the IEEE, has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio, a Certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute and is the inventor on several patents.

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