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Seriously small Cortex-A9 module runs Linux, Android

Jun 13, 2013, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

Variscite announced what it calls the world's tiniest Cortex-A9 system-on-module, measuring 52 x 17mm. The Linux- and Android-compatible DART-4460 module is based on a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 SoC, is available with up to 1GB of DDR2 RAM and 8GB eMMC flash, and can run at 400MHz on only 44mA, says the company. The DART-4460 is designed for devices ranging from ???the lightest tablet??? to ???the most compact multimedia system,??? says Variscite. The record-breaking 52 x 17mm size helps the computer-on-module (COM) consume only 5mA in suspend and 44mA while running from a 3.7 V Li-Po battery at 400 MHz, claims the company. In case you were wondering, the iconic Gumstix COM form-factor is 12 percent larger, at 58 x 17mm. It is currently supported with Linux kernel 3.4.0 and Android 4.1.2.

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