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MitySOM-5CSx System on ModuleSingle or Dual Cortex A9 and User Programmable FPGA SOM


The MitySOM-5CSx is a family of highly-configurable, small form-factor System on Module (SOM) designed for high-throughput applications requiring single or dual hard-core Cortex-A9 applications processors tightly integrated with FPGA fabric. The MitySOM-5CSx combines the Altera Cyclone V System on Chip (SoC), memory subsystems and onboard power supplies. The MitySOM-5CSx provides a complete and flexible CPU and FPGA infrastructure for highly-integrated embedded systems.

This SOM features a Hard Processor System (HPS) providing up to 4,000 MIPS at speeds of up to 925 MHz per core and is combined with a NEON coprocessor with double-precision FPU (one per core). The MitySOM-5CSx combines a Cyclone V with up to 2GB of DDR3 CPU/FPGA RAM with ECC, 512MB of dedicated DDR3 FPGA RAM (optional) and up to 48MB of QSPI NOR Flash creating a high-bandwidth system for embedded applications. The ARM architecture supports several high level operating systems, including Embedded Linux, Micrium uC/OS, Android, QNX, and Windows Embedded Compact.

By combining six 3.125Gbps transceivers, one PCIe hard core, up to 133 user I/O, and dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, the system can simultaneously acquire and efficiently process large amounts of data.

The MitySOM-5CSx has been designed to support several upgrade options. These include various speed grades, memory configurations, and operating temperature specifications (including commercial and industrial temperature ranges).


  • Machine Vision
  • Scientific Imaging
  • Motor Control
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Test and Measurement
  • Industrial Instrumentation
  • Military/Aerospace




Cortex-A9 Applications Processor(s)  
Max # of Cores 2
Max CPU Speed 925MHz
L1 Program Cache 32KB
L1 Data Cache 32KB
L2 Cache 512KB
Internal RAM 64KB

CPU subsystem is a hard IP block referred to by Altera as the HPS, Hard Processor Subsystem


System Memory  
Max RAM* 2GB DDR3 with ECC
Max FPGA Private RAM 512MB DDR3
NOR Flash Up To 48MB

* RAM is accessible from the Cortex-A9 application processor(s) and the FPGA fabric

FPGA Fabric  
Max Logic Elements 110kLE
Global Clock 460MHz
Max M10K Memory 5.1Mb
Max MLAB Memory 621Kb
Max DSP Blocks 112

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2 Gigabit Ethernet 2 UARTs 2 SPI Master
6 High speed transceivers, 3.125Gbps 1 MMC/SD/SDIO 2 SPI Slave
High speed serializers 2 USB 2.0 OTG 4 I2C
PCIe Hard IP Block 2 CAN 3 HPS PLLs
Max 133 Direct FPGA I/Os


Dimensions Length Width
Inches 3.2 1.5
Millimeters 82.0 39.0









Development Kits


Development Tools and Software

Software Support

  • Embedded Linux
  • Wind River VxWorks
  • Windows Embedded Compact
  • QNX
  • Android
  • Qt Embedded Graphics
  • Micrium uC/OS

Development Tools

Technical Support

Our customers benefit from engineering and applications support for the life of their product. This includes free, lifetime access to our technical support site, as well as access to application engineering resources and other services.

  • Visit our MitySOM-5CSx Altera Cyclone V Wiki to access:
    • Linux OS and board support package details, including source code
    • Product change notices
    • Base board design guide
    • Development kit base board design files
    • Software guide to getting started, tool chain, tips and how-to’s
    • Hardware power draw, pin outs, shock and vibration, CAD files, mechanical drawings and 3D models
    • Frequently asked questions
  • Visit our MitySOM-5CSx Altera Cyclone V Forum to access:
    • Software, Hardware, and FPGA forums
  • Altera 5CSx Information

Critical Link’s embedded design team also offers engineering services and other support options such as:

  • Schematic design review for customer designed carrier boards
  • Complete design review services
  • Software development services, including custom BSP development
  • Base board development services
  • Systems Engineering, Software, and Hardware Design to support your project anywhere in the product development lifecycle

Contact us for more information on these services.



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5CSX-H5-4YA-RI Dual 133 7 N/A 85 1GB with ECC 32MB -40C to 85C Buy
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5CSX-H6-42A-RI Dual 107 7 256MB 110 1GB with ECC 32MB -40C to 85C Buy
5CSX-H6-4YA-RC Dual 133 7 N/A 110 1GB with ECC 32MB 0C to 70C Buy
5CSX-H6-4YA-RI Dual 133 7 N/A 110 1GB with ECC 32MB -40C to 85C Buy
5CSX-H6-53B-RC Dual 107 7 512MB 110 2GB with ECC 48MB 0C to 70C Buy

Does your application require an even more rugged version of the SoC-based SOM?  Contact Critical Link to learn about available options.

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