Are you looking for a cheap Full HD display driver? Then you may have come to the right place! SigmaStar, one of the cheapest camera processors manufacturer on the market, just released the new low-cost module IDO-SOM2D01, built upon their own SSD201 SOC, a Smart HD Display Controller.
The SSD201 itself is a highly integrated SoC. It is based on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, integrates H.264/H.265 video decoder, 2D graphics engine and TTL/MIPI display with adjustable picture quality engine, among with other peripherals that make it useful for smart display applications. The full list of specs are:
- ARM Cortex-A7 dual core up to 1.2GHz (32kB I-cache + 32kB D-cache + 256 kB L2-cache, Neon and FPU, MMU for Linux support and DMA engine)
- 64MB embedded DDR2 and 128 MB flash (with support for 2GB) memories, with support for SD card
- H.264/AVC and H.265/HEVC decoders (supports up to Full HD resolution with 60 fps decode)
- JPEG decoder (supports JPEG baseline encoding in YUV422 or YUV420 formats, up to Full HD resolution with 15 fps)
- Display subsystem with built-in contrast, brightness, sharpness and saturation control, TTL output up to HD 60fps, MIPI TX DSI 4-lane output up to Full HD 60fps and max speed 1.5Gbps
- Integrated 2D graphics hardware accelerator
- Audio processor supporting 1 micropohone input, two stereo DMIC inputs and one stereo DAC for lineout
- NOR/NAND flash, SDIO and USB 2.0 interfaces (two high speed USB 2.0 hosts) and support for 2 ethernet ports
- Built-in RTC with ultra low power mode (<3uA) for long battery operation
- Dedicated GPIOs for system control, 4x PWM outputs, 3x generic UARTs and 1x fast UART with flow control, 1x SPI, 2x I2C, 1x IR input, 3-channel SAR ADC
- Support for secure boot and AES/DES/3DES cypher engines, to help encrypt compressed audio/video files for privacy
When you take a look at the features, it takes a while to realize the size of this module, coming at an area of 2.95cm x 2.95cm and weighing only 8 grams! But how can you get your hands on one? Well, I would say that’s a tad bit complicated since the company is Chinese and so is the majority of the information you can find online, such as a promising Linux BSP that supposedly boots in one second. But if you are feeling quite adventurous, you can get the module itself for around $10 and a development board with the IDO-SOM2D01 is also there for around $200.