NetSilicon: More NET+ARM processors for embedded networking

Recent expansion of NetSilicon Inc.’s NET+ARM microprocessor (MPU) family, based on the ARM9 core chip, now includes a "cost-effective" third member.

By Control Engineering Staff November 11, 2004
NS9360 processor targets users in automation (industrial, building, and medical), as well as applications for instrumentation, networked displays/terminals, and industrial and point-of-sale printers.

Recent expansion of NetSilicon Inc. ’s NET+ARM microprocessor (MPU) family, based on the ARM9 core chip, now includes a “cost-effective” third member. NetSilicon Inc., a division of Digi International, refers to its new NS9360 processor as a high performance, single-chip solution for networking embedded devices. Reportedly, NS9360 reduces cost and device footprint, while improving design functionality.

The NET+ARM product line was launched in October 2003, with the introduction of two microprocessors: NS9750 and NS9775. The first MPU runs at speeds of up to 200 MHz, featuring a PCI/Cardbus interface applicable to both wired and wireless networking or device applications requiring PCI peripherals. NS9775 processor includes decompression engines and a video interface.

To hold costs, this latest MPU (NS9360) comes without the PCI/Cardbus, but delivers “an outstanding level of functionality,” according to the company. It features a variety of industry-standard interfaces such as 10/100Base-T Ethernet, a memory controller; USB (host and device); an LCD controller; I

Advanced OEM sampling of the new processor begins this month. Full production is expected in March 2005, priced from $10.95 to $15.45 in 10,000 piece quantities. “The NS9360 provides a cost-effective option for customers adding out of band management or networking capabilities to their products,” says Tim Counihan, NetSilicon VP of marketing.

NET+ARM family is supported by NetSilicon’s NET+Works software suite. The package helps companies network their embedded devices by eliminating software sourcing, integration, and maintenance burdens. The kit includes a development board, JTAG debugger, GNU or Green Hills Multi tools, a board support package, Threadx real-time operating system, a TCP/IP stack, and a set of device networking applications software. Linux, Microsoft Windows CE, and third-party developed products also support NS9360.

—Frank J. Bartos, executive editor, Control Engineering,