Spark-501 low-power low-cost SMARC module

logo1tx-reverse-160pxSpark-501 Low-power SMARC module

Sub-400mW module with optional WiFi / Bluetooth, optimised for IoT

Spark-501 SMARC module with Atmel SAMA5D3

The Spark-501 system-on-module from Shiratech is a low-cost solution – ideal for IoT and handheld applications, with 536MHz ARM Cortex-A5 performance combined with miserly power consumption thanks to the combination of Atmel SAMA5D36 or D31 SoC and 256MB or 512MB of LPDDR2 RAM. The SoM is rated at less than 400mW in operation, with 10mW suspend.

The module offers optional features including 4GB eMMC, second, Gigabit Ethernet port, and an Atmel WILC3000 combined WiFi and Bluetooth radio . The 314-pin edge connector conforms to the SMARC standard and supports SD Card, USB, analog inputs, I2C, SPI and UARTs as well as audio and several GPIO.

In addition to the standard Debian and Yocto Linux distributions , Qt is supported, and there is an optional Windows Embedded Compact 7 or 2013 BSP.

The SparkGate-7 is an ideal IoT gateway baseboard, used in both development and production scenarios.

ResourceShiratech Spark-501Detail
MicrocontrollerAtmel SAMA5D3D3 Low-power SoC, D31 / D36 options
CPUARM Cortex-A5
Processor Clock Max (MHz)536
RAM (MB)256/512LPDDR2 32-bit
NAND Flash (MB)2564GB eMMC option
Floating Pointydedicated FPU
UARTup to 4
Ethernet110/100 + 2nd Optional GBe
I2C Interface3
LCD Controller1280x72018 bpp
Supplied LCD800x480 7"4-wire resistive touch
SSC (digital audio)1
SD card/SDIO1
USB32x Host 1x Host/Device
GPIOyaccording to configuration
Analog Audioyon baseboard
Analog input5
Touch Screen Interface14/5wire via analog in
CAN1D36 variant only
Wi-Fiy802.11b/g/n build option
BluetoothyBT 4.0 / BLE build option
Temperature Range0-70C / -40 to +85C
Dimensions82 x 50mm
Input Voltage (V)3.3 - 5.0
ConnectorsMXM314 / SMARC
Windows Embedded Compact 7 / 2013ycost option
Linuxy4.1 Kernel, Yocto 2.0 and Debian 7

Since the Spark-501 follows the SMARC standard, you can use any compatible baseboard. Our SparkGate-7 SMARC baseboard offers a versatile solution which is compatible with both development and production uses.

SKU availability for small-volume ordering:

SP501/D31/FE/256R/256F – with SAMA5D31, 256MB RAM, 256MB NAND Flash, no radio
SP501/D31/FE/512R/4GF – with SAMA5D31, 256MB RAM, 4GB eMMC, no radio
SP501/D31/FE/256R/256F/R – with SAMA5D31, 256MB RAM, 256MB NAND Flash, WiFi/BT
SP501/D31/FE/512R/4GF/R – with SAMA5D31, 256MB RAM, 4GB eMMC, WiFi/BT

For all pricing, including volume and alternate SKUs, please follow the “Get Quote” link to the right and we will be back to you within a couple of hours.

Simply order a sample Spark-501 via our online shop, using the “Buy Online” link to the right, and it should be with you in a couple of days. We look forward to providing you with knowledgeable, professional support to create your product. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling Direct Insight on +44 1295 768800 9am to 5.30pm UK time, emailing info at, or by using the “Contact Us” form below.

Contact our experienced team with your detailed questions – we’ll be happy to help. Detailed pricing depends on volume and configuration – simply follow the “Get Quote” link opposite, and you will be mailed that information by return. Development kits can be ordered from the online shop, or by contacting us if you would prefer to receive a quotation.