Processors have enhanced sound and image data-mining

Paul Boughton

Recent advances in big data are making it easier to sift through huge volumes of data and to develop services that provide users with greater value and convenience. These advances require higher performance application processors that support secure communication and provide timely processing of text, sound and images.

Now Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced the launch of three new application processors as the latest additions to its ApP Lite family's ARM Cortex-A9-based TZ2000 series. The new TZ2100 group devices are high performance application processors, which support enhanced sound and image data-mining, communications and security functions.

TZ2100 group devices can operate at a maximum frequency at 600MHz, a rate supporting high speed processing. They are well suited to a wide range of products such as the embedded devices that will realise the Internet of Things (IoT), handheld devices, and industrial equipment.

The TZ2100 group devices have 1MByte of built-in SRAM that supports processing of start up code and data during program execution without any need for external DRAM.

The ARM Cortex-A9 core features 32Kbyte L1 cache and 128Kbyte L2 cache and an embedded floating point unit (FPU). Toshiba’s original power-saving technology enables lengthy data back up and RTC operation with one single coin cell battery. 

An integrated camera input, 2D graphics engine and LCD controller (WVGA, 60fps, 24bit parallel interface) make the devices suitable for applications including panel control. A secure boot system and data encryption function helps protect against data falsifying and hacking.

Toshiba will also launch development starter kits for the TZ2100 group, comprising a reference board and device driver. These will support a simple prototype development and evaluation environment for diverse applications.

The TZ2100XBG, TZ2101XBG and TZ2102XBG are housed in a 310pin LFBGA package measuring 16mm x 16mm with 0.8mm pitch. Sample shipments will start from mid-December, with mass production scheduled to start in June 2015.