Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, announced the latest additions to its TZ2000 series of ApP Lite™ application processors. The TZ2100 group of high-performance processors utilizes a single 600MHz ARM® Cortex®-A9 core with a floating point unit (FPU), parallel camera and external bus interfaces to deliver enhanced audio and image processing and improved data security for intelligent communications applications.
“As our connected world continues to expand thanks to the Internet of Things, information related to our lives is increasingly linked through cloud-based networks, creating a host of new requirements related to processing and protecting that data,” said Saba Sharifi, vice president business development, Logic LSI Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC. “With this new group of ApP Lite devices, sound and image communications can be securely processed at high speeds, making them well suited for applications such as smart appliances, industrial CPUs, panel-control systems and machine-to-machine [M2M] communication modules.”
The new TZ2100 ApP Lite processors feature a secure boot system with encryption capability to help protect against data hacking and falsification. The devices can accommodate 16-bit-wide DDR3-800/DDR3L-800 (low-power) memory modules, and the 1MByte of integrated SRAM processes operation code and data during program execution without requiring external DRAM.
An external expanded bus interface is included to enable the use of externally connected memories for some applications. Other key features include power-saving technology for long-term data backup and real-time clock operation, and configurable pins that allow device specifications to be customized in order to support a wide range of applications.
Samples of TZ2100 ApP Lite processors will be available this month. Mass production is slated to start in June 2015.