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Single board computer hosts NXP i.MX6 (Cortex-A9) plus FPGA

Single board computer hosts NXP i.MX6 (Cortex-A9) plus FPGA

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By Graham Prophet



The TS-7970 is intended for deployment into a range of cost-sensitive and robust industrial applications, or smart devices, auto entertainment systems, medical systems, enterprise class intelligent control, or plant automation.

 

Power consumption is 3W (typical), enabling fanless operation over the full industrial temperature range (-40 to +85C). Offered standard with 4 GB of eMMC, and up to 2 GB of RAM there is plenty of memory for most applications, plus an mSATA socket for upgrades. Connectivity comprises Gigabit Ethernet, USB Host, USB Device, RS-232 Serial/COM Ports, RS-485 Serial Port, SPI Bus, I²C Bus, CAN Bus, Modbus, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0+EDR. Also on-board are integrated HDMI and audio jacks.

 

The TS-7970 includes an FPGA (MACH XO2, Lattice Semiconductor) on board for extending the feature set of the i.MX6 beyond what is offered by NXP. The FPGA includes a crossbar that allows the user to select the mode of the FPGA controlled I/O pins. The modes include UARTs, Digital I/O, interrupt requests, or passing through high speed IO from the CPU. The FPGA also adds an additional UART controller. Technologic Systems can develop custom FPGA solutions for individual applications which could include features such as PWM, quadrature, or other custom I/O controllers. The TS-7970 comes with a combination of development tools to facilitate quick customization for embedded product developers. Multiple operating systems are available including Debian Linux, Yocto Linux, Ubuntu Linux and QNX. The TS-7970 comes with a complete Board Support Package (BSP) as well access to online guides, schematics, source code, toolchains and binaries available for download from software repository.

 

Technologic Systems; www.embeddedarm.com/products/TS-7970

 

 


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