xCORE-XA Core Module

Part #: XK-XAC-XA8
Silicon on Board: XS1-XAU8A-10

The xCORE-XA Core Module will be removed from sale, effective 01/11/16. For further information see EOL notice.

The xCORE-XA core module enables you to explore our new class of multicore microcontroller from XMOS and rapidly develop sophisticated embedded systems from a simple yet powerful platform.

The xCORE-XA core module features our eight core xCORE-XA device (XS1-XAU8A-10) which combines the low latency, deterministic processing of the xCORE multicore architecture with an ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M3 core. The xCORE-XA delivers a total of 500 MIPS of processing power in a distributed parallel processing architecture.

To support the prototyping of systems the development module can be mounted onto an application specific motherboard. Alternatively daughter boards may be plugged into it using the headers that expose the digital and analog I/O on the device.

The core module also features hardware debuggers for the xCORE and Cortex-M3 processors, and real time power monitoring.

xCORE-XA Core Module features:

  • 500 MIPS multicore microcontroller
    • 8 xCORE logical cores - one dedicated to xCORE/ARM bridge ARM Cortex-M3 processor
    • 192KB RAM (xCORE:64KB, ARM:128KB)
    • 1024KB flash
  • Digital and analog GPIO, and peripherals, accessible on headers for maximum flexibility
  • On-board real-time debuggers
    • xCORE xTAG debugger
      • 1.25 MSPS application data capture
      • xCORE-XA IC dynamic power monitoring
      • 10Mbps JTAG debug
    • SEGGER J-Link Cortex-M
      • GDB server
      • 6 hardware breakpoints
      • Up to 1MB/second download speed
      • Up to 15MHz debug interface
  • Real-time power monitoring
  • Easy to use with our free xTIMEcomposer™ tools
    • Supports side-by-side debug of xCORE logical cores and the ARM Cortex-M3 processor

Writing applications for xCORE-XA devices

The xTIMEcomposer User Guide contains details information on supported libraries and debugging xCORE-XA devices.

For information on accessing the ARM digital and analog I/O, or peripherals in your applications, we recommend that you refer to the application notes on the Silicon Labs website.