Embedded applications solution provider FossilShale has come out with a unique system-on-a-module (SOM) built into a standard SO-DIMM form factor. The module is based on Texas Instruments’ Da Vinci DM385 SoC, a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 core with integrated media acceleration. The tiny 82x57mm board uses the standard SO-DIMM edge connector but not the normal wiring. However, using the socket is said to enable lower-cost implementation through using existing support hardware.
According to FossilShale, the board comes with 1GB of RAM and 512MB of on-board flash but with a MicroSD card slot for up to 32GB of extra space.
Given the tiny 82x57mm size, the TI DM385 SoC comes with a suprising list of extras, including HDMI video output along with composite video IN and OUT with stereo analog audio plus a camera interface. Yep, this one is able to capture analog composite video thanks to its on-board video processing subsystem. FossilShale goes further and says the system is capable of real-time capturing and playing back H.264 video up to 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) resolution at 60fps (more than likely through its camera port).
Other tricks in its kitbag include dual Ethernet switch capability with Gigabit (1000Mbps) support, dual USB2.0 ports and 125 general I/O pins to do whatever you want with.
According to linuxgizmos, there’s no time line for release or pricing at this stage, but you almost have to say it’s a pity this is being limited to just embedded applications only. A mini PC that’s able to capture 1080p/60fps video you’d have to think would be very welcome.
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