Now available at Solid State Supplies is a range of high-performance embedded ‘Computer on Module’ (CoM) boards based on advanced Freescale multimedia processors. The plug-in TX ‘Com’ family, manufactured by Ka-Ro Electronics, is suitable for a range of embedded applications, and now also offers a new high-end option for performance-demanding multimedia and high-definition 1080p video.

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In addition to meeting high-performance demands, the ruggedised and interchangeable SO-DIMM carrier modules are capable of being used as plug-in replacements for other industry-standard embedded computing modules – for example, those based on the Atmel AT32AP7000, AT32AP7001 and AT32AP7002 application processors, which are now not being recommended for new designs. These highly specified CoM modules from Ka-Ro enable customers to make a simple transition to high-performance alternatives.

The Freescale i.MX multimedia-processor based TX boards use high-performance and energy-efficient ARM processor cores, including the ARM9 in the i.MX25 (400MHz), i.MX27 (400MHz) and i.MX28 (454MHz), and the ARM Cortex-A8 in two high-end platforms, the i.MX515 (600/800MHz) and the new i.MX535 (800MHz/1GHz).

Targeting industrial applications with operation over the –40 to 85°C temperature range, further features of the TX family include 64 or 128MB SDRAM; 128MB NAND Flash; true-colour LCD controller; 4/5-wire touchscreen interface; single power supply supporting 3.1V to 5.5V; peripheral interfaces such as UART, SD-CARD, SPI, PWM, I2C and CAN; and connectivity including 10/100-Mbit/s Ethernet, with support for IEEE1588, and USB 2.0 OTG and Host options. Additionally, modules at the higher end of the TX range integrate an MPEG-4 H.263/H.264 hardware CODEC and OpenGL ES2.0 and OpenVG 1.1 hardware accelerators for highly demanding video and graphics applications.