Marvell's ARMADA 168 processor is the flagship device in the ARMADA 100 series of application processors targeted at mass market opportunities in computing and consumer devices. It balances high computing and multimedia performance with low power consumption to support extended battery life, and includes a wealth of integrated peripherals to reduce overall BOM cost.

Incorporating Marvell CPU technology, this new class of applications processor is scalable up to 1.2GHz to enable converged consumer devices. Devices powered by the ARMADA 168 can include connected digital photo frames, portable navigation devices, portable media players, automotive dashboard displays and infotainment systems, home automation, portable TVs, digital signage and other devices that utilize Internet connectivity, media processing and touch screen interfaces.

The CPU core is powered by Marvell CPU technology and is completely ARMv5 ISA and XScale compliant. Core speeds beyond 1 GHz and a direct path to commodity DDR2 SDRAM memory enable fast user responsiveness and differentiation to bring advanced applications to mainstream devices. A multimedia coprocessor powered by WMMX2 technology and a graphics engine support HD video and rich GUIs. Integrated support for standard peripherals including MLC NAND, USB2.0 HS OTG w/PHY, a 5-in-1 card reader, PCIe®, and a 10/100 Ethernet MAC can dramatically lower total BOM cost. The ARMADA 168 also supports high-resolution displays up to WUXGA and Marvell Qdeo™ Intelligent Color Remapping technology, bringing vivid color to displays without hue shifts or clipping while preserving skin tones.

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ARMADA 168 SoC Block Diagram Figure 1: ARMADA 168 Application Processor


The ARMADA 168 reference platform supports Linux, Android and Microsoft® Windows® CE 6.0r2 and r3 operating systems and a comprehensive media framework for connected consumer devices, including standard video and audio codecs, as well as Adobe Flash and Flash Lite players, advanced GUIs and widgets, and many third-party applications. The rich software environment speeds time-to-market and provides a common software base and a scalable platform to cover a breadth of product offerings.

The ARMADA 168 processor is available in a 320-ball BGA package with 0.8mm ball pitch. The ARMADA 100 series also includes a 144-pin QFP package that facilitates using 2-layer PCBs. Turnkey reference designs are available to leverage the wealth of Marvell solutions, including embedded Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, power management, and video scaling solutions.

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