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Vortex86SX
Vortex86SX

Introduction

DM&P x86 Semiconductor is proud to provide the Vortex86SX x86 Microprocessor, which is based on MPU structure. It is the x86 SoC (System on Chip) with 0.13 micron process and ultra low power consumption design (less than 1 watt). This comprehensive SoC has been integrated many features, such as various I/O (RS-232, Parallel, USB and GPIO), BIOS, WatchDog Timer, Power Management, MTBF counter, LoC (LAN on Chip),JTAG etc., into a BGA packing single chip.

The Vortex86SX is a high performance, which is compatible with DOS and Linux. It integrates 32KB write through direct map L1 cache, PCI Rev. 2.1 32-bit bus interface at 33 MHz, SDRAM, DDR2, ROM controller, IPC (Internal Peripheral Controllers with DMA and interrupt timer/counter included), Fast Ethernet MAC, FIFO UART, USB2.0 Host and IDE controller into a System-on-Chip (SoC) design.

Furthermore, this outstanding Vortex86SX SoC can not only meet the requirements of embedded applications, such as Electronics Billboard, Firewall Router, Industrial Single-Board-Computers, Receipt Printer Controller, Thin Client PC, Auto Vehicle Locator, Finger Print Identification, Web Camera Thin Server, RS232-to-TCP Transmitter. but also can meet the critical temperature demand, spanning from -40 to +85 degree C.

The Vortex86SX is a high performance and fully static 32-bit X86 processor with the compatibility of Windows based, Linux and most popular 32-bit RTOS. It also integrates 32KB write through direct map L1 cache, PCI rev. 2.1 32-bit bus interface at 33 MHz, SDRAM, DDR2, ROM controller, IPC (Internal Peripheral Controllers with DMA and interrupt timer/counter included), Fast Ethernet MAC, FIFO UART, USB2.0 Host and IDE controller within a single 456-pin BGA package to form a system-on-a-chip (SOC). It provides an ideal solution for the embedded system and communications products (such as thin client, NAT router, home gateway, access point and tablet PC) to bring about desired performance.

System Block Diagram


Features

  • x86 32bit Processor Core
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     6 stage pipe-line
  • Embedded I/D Separated L1 Cache
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     16K I-Cache, 16K D-Cache
  • SDRAM/DDRII Control Interface
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     Support DLL for clock phase auto-adjustion
  • IDE Controller
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     Support 2 channels Ultra-DMA 100 (Disk x 4)
  • LPC (Low Pin Count) Bus Interface
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     Support 2 programmable registers to decode LPC address
  • MAC Controller x 1
  • PCI Control Interface
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     Up to 3 sets PCI master device
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     3.3V I/O
  • ISA Bus Interface
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     AT clock programmable
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     8/16 Bit ISA device with Zero-Wait-State
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     Generate refresh signals to ISA interface during DRAM refresh cycle
  • DMA Controller
  • Interrupt Controller
  • Counter/Timers
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     2 sets of 8254 timer controller
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     Timer output is 5V tolerance I/O on 2nd Timer
  • Real Time Clock (Internal Mode or External Mode)
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     Below 2uA power consumption on Internal Mode (Estimation Value)
  • FIFO UART Port x 5 (5 sets COM Port)
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     Compatible with 16C550/ 16C552
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     Default internal pull-up
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     Supports the programmable baud rate generator with the data rate from 50 to115.2Kbps
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     The character options are programmable for 1 start bits; 1, 1.5 or 2 stop bits; even, odd or no parity; 5~8 data bits
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     Support TXD_En Signal on COM1/COM2
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     Port 80h output data could be sent to COM1 by software programming
  • General Chip Selector
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     2 sets extended Chip Selector
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     I/O-map or Memory-map could be configurable
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     I/O Addressing: From 2 byte to 64K byte
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     Memory Address: From 512 byte to 4G Byte
  • General Programmable I/O
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     Supports 40 dedicated programmable I/O pins
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     Each GPIO pin can be individually configured to be an input/output pin
  • USB 2.0 Host Support
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     Supports HS, FS and LS
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     4 ports
  • PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Interface Support
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     Compatible with 8042 controller
  • Speaker out
  • Embedded 256KB Flash
  • JTAG Interface supported for S.W. debugging
  • Input clock
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     14.318MHz
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     32.768KHz
  • Output clock
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     24 MHz
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     25 MHz
  • Operating Voltage Range
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     Core voltage: 1.2 V ~ 1.4V
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     I/O voltage: 1.8V ± 5% , 3.3 V ± 10 %
  • Operating temperature
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     -40 ~ 85 degree C
  • Package Type
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     27x27, 581 ball BGA 

Specification

  • MTBF counter (built-in)
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     One-time write Flash area for number of MTBF hour before shipment
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     Timer count up by "hour"
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     Built-in TTL alert signal will be enabled after time counter over MTBF number

  • Fault tolerance - Redundancy (built-in)
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     Two board must stack (plug) in same ISA bus wire
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     Two board will auto be appointed to master and slave mode while every power-on
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     Two board must execute the same software
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     System switch judge by six kind of fail conditions
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     Software library under WinCE, Linux and DOS will provide
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     While system be switched then I/O can also be switched (I/O only include RS232, printer, GPIO, K/B and Mouse)
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     Built-in System Fail Counter

  • ISOinChip (built-in)
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     It is a 32 Byte one-time write Flash area
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     Factory will store all necessary data of board (& SoC) in this area for service tracing
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     Necessary data will include:
       Date code of all major component of the board
       Model number and serial code of the board
       Unique serial code of SoC
       Customer (distributor) code
       Shipment date, etc.

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