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The phyCARD-XS-AM335x SOM is a highly scalable solution delivering up to 720 MHz and supporting the Texas Instruments AM335x family of processors. Due to its identical break-out of interface signals per PHYTEC’s innovative X-Arc embedded bus standard, the phyCARD-XS-AM335x is compatible with other phyCARD family members making resources available at a single, 100-pin connector including Ethernet, USB, UART, SPI, I2C, audio, SDIO/MMC, GPIO, JTAG, display (LVDS), and more.

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The phyCARD-XS-AM335x System on Module

The AM335x Cortex-A8 Processor Family

The Texas Instruments’ AM335x family of microprocessors delivers up to 720 MHz high-performance, ultra-low power, and a highly integrated peripheral set. Featuring a Sitara™ ARM® Cortex™-A8 CPU, the AM335x highlights PowerVR™ SGX530 for 2D and 3D graphics acceleration as well as PRU/ICSS supporting real-time protocol standards such as EtherCAT®, PROFINET®, EtherNet/IP, PROFIBUS®, Ethernet Powerlink™, and Sercos.

SOM Highlights

  • AM335x up to 720 MHz
  • PowerVR SGX530 2D and 3D graphics
  • ARM® Cortex™-A8
  • Up to 1 GB DDR3 / 2 GB NAND
  • X-Arc phyCARD standard Bus
  • Linux and Compact 7 BSPs
Feature Details
Part Number PCA-A-XS1
Architecture ARM® Cortex™-A8
Processor TI AM335x
Frequency 720 MHz
DRAM 512 MB default / 1 GB max DDR3
NAND 512 MB default / 2 GB max
eMMC -
PCIe -
RS-232 -
I2C 1
I2S 1
USB Host 1x HS 2.0
USB Device -
USB OTG 1x HS 2.0
Ethernet (Mbit/s) 10/100
Audio I2S
Graphics PowerVR SGX530
Video -
Display LVDS (24 bpp)
Touch External
Camera -
Miscellaneous JTAG, GPIO
Dimensions 60 x 60 mm
Connector 100 pin 0.635 mm pitch
Supply Voltage 3.3 V
Power Consumption tbd
Temperature -40° to +85°C

The Interconnect

phyCARD-XS-AM335x interfaces are routed to our high-density PCB interconnects on the underside of the SOM. Design the mating connectors on your Carrier Board.

The phyCARD-XS- AM335x Rapid Development Kit

Kit Contents

  • phyCARD-XS-AM335x System on Module
  • phyBASE Carrier Board
  • Linux or Compact 7 Software
  • Optional LCD
  • Cables, schematics, and kit CD

The phyCARD SOM provides a flexible platform and is designed to plug into the PHYTEC phyBASE Carrier Board that provides a standard set of physical I/O connectors as well as any other interface circuitry not provided on the phyCARD module itself.

Carrier Board Features

  • PHYTEC X-Arc embedded bus standard
  • RJ-45 Ethernet
  • USB 2.0 OTG port
  • 3x USB 2.0 Host interfaces
  • RS-232 serial port
  • SD/MMC card slot
  • Stereo input and output jacks
  • 3x user programmable GPIOs
  • Universal display interface
  • Lattice LC4256V PLD

SOM Features

The default configuration of the phyCARD-XS-AM335x SOM  included in the phyCARD-XS kit features: TI AM3359 @ 720MHz, 512MB DDR3, 512MB NAND Flash, Ethernet PHY, LCD LVDS (24 bpp), and industrial temperature range.

Optional Accessories

  • 7“  VGA LVDS display with 4-wire touchscreen

phyCARD-XS-AM335x Board Support Packages

PHYTEC Board Support Packages (BSPs) are software bundles that implement and support operating systems on our System on Modules. PHYTEC BSPs are application development-ready, offering all essential drivers and board-level feature support. The only task left for you is application integration. This way, you can focus on your core competencies while we take care of the rest.

Linux Package

  • GCC C/C++ cross development tool chain
  • Eclipse IDE
  • PTXdist build system
  • Bootloader, kernel, file system
  • Source BSP

Coming Soon

Compact 7 Package

  • Visual Studio 2008 evaluation CD 
  • Platform Builder 7
  • SDK for application development 
  • Bootloader and runtime Nk.bin image 
  • OSDesign example 
  • Binary BSP, source available under EULA

Coming Soon

phyCARD-XS-AM335x Documentation

  • Hardware Manual - coming soon
  • Linux Kit Quickstart - coming soon
  • Compact 7 Kit Quickstart - coming soon


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