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THUNDERCOMM offers System on Modules
THUNDERCOMM develops and produces SOM (System on Modules) based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors, which are equipped with 4xKryo or 8xKryo CPU cores - in a 10nm or 14nm manufacturing process - clocked between 1.6GHz and 2.6GHz. Kryo is the marketing name for Qualcomm's customized ARM-based CPUs that are compatible with the ARMv8-A 64-bit instruction set and serve as successors to the older 32-bit Krait core. The processor cores are arranged in clusters divided into 4 or 2 gold cores and 4 or 2 silver cores. The latter work in a clock rate around 300-900 MHz lower and allow the execution of low power applications. The gold cores are derived from ARM Coretx-A75 and Cortex-A73, the silver cores from Cortex-A55. The exception is the S626 SOM, which is equipped with 8 Cortex-A53, all clocked with 2.2 GHz.
In addition to the CPUs mentioned above, further processors are available to outsource computation-intensive and complex algorithms for video, audio and AI applications for a delay-free and power-saving execution. The Hexagon DSP (Digit Signal Processor) developed by Qualcomm offers a VLIW and SIMD architecture that can execute up to 4 arithmetic operations in parallel with a single command. A second DSP core within the Hexagon architecture allows the monitoring and evaluation of sensor applications in sleep mode. For graphics acceleration, all Snapdragon processors feature a GPU (Graphics Processing Units) called Adreno, whose architecture was originally developed by ATI Technologies (ATI) as Imageon and sold by AMD to Qualcomm in 2008 and is built exclusively into Qualcomm's Snapdragon. Video decoding supports a resolution of up to 4K @ 60 fps (frames per second) and encoding 4K @ 30 fps. Depending on the module version, the following APIs are supported: OpenGL ES, OpenCL, OpenVG, Vulkan, RenderSrcipt, Direct X.
All SOMs are equipped with between 2GB and 4GB LPDDR SDRAM and partly support the extended standard LPDDR4+, which achieves a significantly lower power dissipation compared to the older standard LPDDR4 by lowering the I/O voltage (Vddq) from 1.1V to 0.6 V. In addition, LPDDR4+ offers with 4266 Mbps/pin a much higher data rate than LPDDR4 with only 3200 Mbps/pin. For the storage of data and program code, the user can choose between 16GB and 64GB eMMC (embedded MultiMediaCard) or UFS (Universal Flash Storage) Flash.
For connecting displays, the SOMs offer 2x MIPI-DSI 4-lane (Mobile Industry Processor Interface - Display Serial Interface) and some also HDMI 2.0 port. For the integration of cameras, 3x MIPI-CSI 4-lane (Camera Serial Interface) and a Spectra ISP (Image Sensor Processor) are available. In addition to the mentioned multimedia interfaces, the standard interfaces USB3.0/3.1, PCIe2.1/3.0, UART, I2S, I2C, SDIO3.0, GPIOs, etc. are also provided.
All SOM solutions support the WiFi standards 802.11a/b/g/n/ac in MIMO 2x2 (except S626 SOM with MIMO 1x1) as well as Bluetooth/BLE. The D660Pro also offers the cellular standards GSM, WCDMA, CDMA, LTE-FDD and LTE-TDD as well as the GNSS standards GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo.
The SOMs are offered either as solderable or pluggable modules with a temperature range from -20℃ to +55℃ or -20℃ to +70℃.
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We offer customized Snapdragon Solutions
For CODICO THUNDERCOMM is not just a module supplier. In close cooperation with THUNDERCOMM and Qualcomm, CODICO can also support customized Snapdragon designs for the first time in its history. This support capability covers both HW and SW development. For more information, please contact André Ehlert for more information.