MicroSys Electronics Introduces System-on-Module with NXP S32G274A Processor

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

June 15, 2021


MicroSys Electronics Introduces System-on-Module with NXP S32G274A Processor

MicroSys Electronics announced their System-on-Module (SoM) featuring the NXP S32G274A processor.

The miriac MPX-S32G274A SoM comes with quad Arm Cortex-A53 cores and triple Arm Cortex-M7 dual-cores. According to the company, the SoM also combines ASIL D safety and hardware security with more than 10 times the real-time performance and networking throughput of NXP's previous automotive gateway devices.

The miriac MPX-S32G274A SoM features 1 GHz quad Arm Cortex-A53 cores with Arm Neon technology organized in two clusters for applications and services. For real-time tasks, there are also triple dual-core lockstep Arm Cortex-M7 cores for which MicroSys offers support for dedicated FreeRTOS implementations beside NXP's standard automotive support. Clustered and operated in lockstep mode, this set of heterogenous cores can support ASIL-D applications or any other functional safety standard comparable to IEC 61508. In terms of memory, the new SoM integrates 4GB of soldered LPDDR4 RAM at 3200 MT/s, 16GByte eMMC non-volatile memory, and 64MB QuadSPI flash. External SD card storage can be multiplexed with the on-board eMMC.

In regard to connectivity, the new SoM offers an extensive range of generic and communication interfaces including 4x SerDes interfaces configurable as PCIe Gen3 2x1 or 2x2, 4x Gigabit Ethernet, 18x CAN FD bus, 2x FlexRay, and 4x LIN. 14x GPIOs, 12x analog inputs (ADC), 3x SPI, 2x UART, 1x USB and 3x I2C complete the interface range. For trace and debug tasks, the SoM supports Aurora and JTAG interfaces. A comprehensive board support package including bootloader configuration and all required Linux drivers rounds off the feature set.

Target markets are real-time connected vehicles, mobile machinery, and automotive test and measurement equipment. Further applications include data loggers, edge gateways, and fail-safe programmable logic controllers (PLCs). With native support for a total of 18 CAN interfaces, the new MicroSys SoM is suitable for developing comprehensive vehicle networks.

Beside application-ready hardware and function-validated hardware-related software, MicroSys Electronics also offers customer-specific carrier boards and system level design services. These extend to SIL certification for any markets where functional safety standards analog to IEC 61508 are required, including railway technology (EN 50155), aviation (DO-160), stationary and mobile machinery (ISO 13849), as well as manufacturing robots (ISO 10218), control systems (IEC 62061), and drive systems (IEC 61800 5 2). Approvals in the aviation context (DO-254/DO-160) are also simplified by the existing manufacturer documentation.

In all these application areas, the new MicroSys SoM provides value with its AEC-Q100 Grade 2 (-40°C to 105°C) qualified processor. The Low Latency Communication Engine (LLCE) for automotive networks, which is optimized for data transfers, as well as its Packet Forwarding Engine (PFE) for Ethernet networks, are designed to reduce the CPU workload. A Hardware Security Engine (HSE) for secure boot and encrypted data transfer provides the required comprehensive root of trust for connected IoT edge devices.

The new MPX-S32G274A SoM from MicroSys Electronics is available as an application-ready off-the-shelf component as well as a development kit with carrier board, cable set, and cooling solution.

For more information, please visit: https://microsys.de/products/system-on-modules/armr-automotive/miriactm-mpx-s32g274a.html?L=0


Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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