PHYTEC’s partnership with NXP dates back to the first half of the 1990s and to two NXP antecedents: Philips and Motorola/Freescale. Early PHYTEC miniMODULs were populated with Philips 8051-compatible (P80C552, P8xC592) microcontrollers. Starting in 1999 our phyCORE System on Module family has provided board-level support of additional 8051 as well as 16-bit XA, Classic ARM7 (LPC2xxx) and Classic ARM9 (LPC3xxx) devices.
Our common lineage on the Motorola/Freescale side started with miniMODUL support of 32-bit Power Architecture (MPC50x) chips in the second half of the 1990s. Upon unveiling of the phyCORE family in 1999, our first phyCORE SOM was based on the Motorola MPC555 processor. Subsequent additions to the phyCORE line were populated with additional MPC5xx/MPC5xxx, ColdFire, as well as i.MX2x and i.MX3x ARM core devices.
Our current offering of SOMs support Cortex-A SoCs that include i.MX 6, i.MX 6UL(L), i.MX 7 and the entire range of i.MX 8 series applications processors. PHYTEC also actively engages in adaptation and mainlining of NXP Board Support Packages for Linux and Android.
PHYTEC’s roots with Texas Instruments extend back to 1995 and the miniMODUL-DSPC5x. This SOM was populated with a TMS320C5x Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chip. This device evolved into the DaVinci family, which crossed the DSP with an ARM9 core, and subsequently branched into the Sitara family of processors based on Arm Cortex-A cores. Current phyCORE SOMs support Sitara AM335x, AM57xx and AM6xxx devices, as well as OMAP3xxx and OMAP4xxx mobile counterparts to the AM3xxx and AM4xxx Sitara families.
PHYTEC also has a long history with STMicroelectronics, dating back to 16-bit ST10F16x controllers that integrated on-chip Flash memory on C166 family 16-bit microcontrollers from Siemens (Infineon). In 2010 ST and PHYTEC partnered to deliver a System on Module for deployment in the first rackmount server blade based on a low-power ARM processor: the ST SPEAr 1310 with dual ARM Cortex-A9 processor cores with DRAM ECC memory detection.
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