Tibbo Technology’s Plus1 SP7021 SoC with Linux-capable Processing

Tibbo Technology’s Plus1 SP7021 SoC with Linux-capable Processing

Generally, the SoCs have complex integration processes for deployment purposes. Even if the integration is simple then there is a compromise with the performance factor of the device. Tibbo Technology’s Plus1 SP7021 SoC ensures simple integration with efficient performance comparable with Linux-capable processing. Also, the I/O ports for easy interfacing make it a good fit for IoT applications.

Plus1 SP7021 SoC comes with multi-core processors and up to 512MB of DDR3 memory with I/O ports in a single LQFP package. Also, the core includes quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 working up to 960MHz with NEON multimedia processing engine for multimedia applications. It comes with an ARM926 real-time core with an operating frequency of 202 MHz. It also features a low-power 8051 with selectable operating speeds.

GPIO ports include nine 8-bit ports (P0-8) out of which P1-8 are 5V-tolerant. All the GPIO lines of Plus1 SP7021 SoC have 3.3V logic levels along with 16mA source/sink current for all lines of port 0. It features 8 separate interrupt lines that can be configured as wake-up lines of the chip. Also, each GPIO line can be individually tri-stated to work as an input or enabled to work as outputs. There are two ways of controlling GPIO lines through the 8-bit registers or by using the bitwise access to individual lines.

Technical Specifications

  • Easy-to-use 20x20mm LQFP176-EP package
  • Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 (CA7) with 16KB L1 I-cache and 16KB L1 D-cache and 512KB unified L2 cache
  • ARM926 real-time core with 16KB I/D cache and 32KB L1 I-cache and 32KB L1 D-cache
  • 8051 low-power core with Intended to be used as a supervisory core with 500uA consumption for IC.
  • Single 3.3V power with on-device regulators for 1.5V, 1.2V, and 0.9V power
  • DDR3 DRAM with SP7021-IS: 128MB and SP7021-IF: 512MB
  • General-purpose I/O (GPIO) ports
  • Dual PinMuxable Ethernet MACs with support for half and full-duplex communications
  • Five UARTs include Four PinMuxable Enhanced UARTs, one fixed console UART (TX and RX lines only) in P0, and also Baudrates up to 921,600bps
  • Flash interface comes with eMMC, SPI NAND, and SPI NOR memories and supports BCH error correction
  • Four PinMuxable SPI modules
  • Up to four 8-bit or up to two 16-bit PinMuxable timers/counters
  • Four PinMuxable capture modules
  • MIPI video interface supports resolutions up to 1366×768/1312×816
  • HDMI 1.4 video interface supports resolutions up to 720p
  • TFT LCD controller with parallel bus interface (res. up to 320x240x24)
  • I2S/SPDIF/PWM audio output for up to five channels
  • PDM interface for 8-channel MEMS microphone array
  • 32-bit FPGA bus IO (FBIO) interface
  • Temperature sensor for estimating the internal temperature of the IC
  • Real-time clock (RTC) with alarm function with a dedicated output pin and backup power input
  • 128-byte one-time programmable (OTP) memory with 64 bytes are available to the user
  • SWD and JTAG debug interfaces
  • Watchdog timer
  • Secure boot with boot image verified by ED25519 algorithm
  • Crypto engines include PKA engine (RSA), Hash engine (SHA3, MD5), and Encryption/decryption engine (AES)

Integration of Plus1 SP7021 SoC

The device comes with a MIPI-CSI camera port that supports up to two cameras compliant with MIPI CSI-2 and MIPI D-PHY interface specifications. The supported modes of the interface include high-speed mode at 1.0Gbps per lane and low-power mode at 10Mbps per lane. The camera resolution offers up to 1328×864 including non-image data. It features a frame rate of up to 60fps with 10 bits per pixel color depth and hence a total bandwidth of 810Mbps.Plus1 SP7021 SoC features flexible peripheral multiplexing with lines of the peripherals interfacing with any line of P1-8. It also includes dual Ethernet MACs, SDIO interface, 2 PWM modules, 4 SPI modules, 4 I2C modules, 4 timers/counters, and 8 interrupts.

The company also has the LTPP3(G2) development board which is a Linux-based Tibbo Project PCB. The board comes with a quad-core 1GHz Cortex-A7 Plus1 SP7021 SoC. It supports I/O ports located directly on the board along with dual Ethernet ports allowing interfacing with other Ethernet devices. It also features integrated HDMI and serial-over-USB console ports along with the two USB 2.0 Host ports with Type-A connectors and an onboard microSD slot.

Plus1 SP7021 has an industrial operating temperature ranging from -40°C to 85°C. It supports Modern and Yocto-based Linux distribution. It comes with 2 OTG USB2.0 ports with Linux boot and USB video class support. The SoC is available for 20$ at the Tibbo store. Images and technical specifications have also been taken from the Tibbo store’s product page.

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Saumitra Jagdale is a Backend Developer, Freelance Technical Author, Global AI Ambassador (SwissCognitive), Open-source Contributor in Python projects, Leader of Tensorflow Community India, and Passionate AI/ML Enthusiast

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