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ARM board offers a unique production solution for Linux, Windows CE, and Android-based products

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 12:36pm

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Direct Insight announces a flexible, production-quality ARM board, which is configurable by changing a tiny (68mm x 26mm) processor module - from ARM9 to quad core ARM Cortex-A9, thus offering a unique production solution for Linux, Windows CE and Android-based products.

While system-on-modules (SOMs) are growing dramatically in uptake, as a route to manufacture with high-end ARM-based processors, they suffer from the requirement for a custom baseboard to break out the required interfaces. Since introducing the first such module in 2000, Direct Insight has an accumulated experience of over 300 SOM based projects, which has been used to develop a standard baseboard to address the connectivity requirements of the majority of embedded end-products, while offering upgradeability by integrating a broad family of ARM-based processor modules.

Unlike the many available community boards, the TRITON-TXFB is fully production-ready, with industrial temperature range support and protected I/O. It is intended for low and medium volume use in end-user products.

Projects which can use an off-the-shelf board gain an advantage in cost and time-to-market compared with the creation of a custom baseboard.

TRITON-TXFB can be used with any of the current generation of pin-compatible 3.3v I/O TRITON-TX modules, from an ultra-low-cost TRITON-TX28S based on a Freescale i.MX283, to a low-cost yet powerful TRITON-TX48 based on the TI AM335x processor as used in the popular Beaglebone community board, to the TRITON-TX6Q with quad ARM Cortex-A9 based i.MX6 from Freescale. In each case, the combination of baseboard and module forms a complete production-ready solution.

The range of available interfaces offered by TRITON-TXFB includes Ethernet, USB Host and OTG, SD Card and 2x RS-232. In addition, connectors for an EDT unified interface resistive or capacitive touch screen, from 4.3” to 7” are provided as well as a 40-pin header for other displays. Other I/O includes I2C, digital audio, 12 GPIOs, analogue inputs and PWM outputs. A single 5-20v DC power supply is required. A range of add-on daughter cards for additional connectivity, including wireless, is under development

TRITON-TXFB can be used for systems developed with the TRITON-TX SOM series development system, StarterKit-5, or with the new TXEK series of low-cost evaluation kits which so far support Freescale i.MX6 and TI AM3354 processors. In production, complete solutions including baseboard and module are priced according to the specification of processor module and the volume. The price range is from £90 for a high volume ARM9-based system to approximately £150 for an i.MX6 equipped solution.

The baseboards, modules, and Linux, Windows CE and Android software packages are available immediately, exclusively from Direct Insight.

 

Further details are available on the TRITON-TXFB ARM board page.

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