The TS-7800 is a RoHS compliant Single Board Computer (SBC) based on a Marvell MV88F5182 500MHz ARM9 CPU. An internal 32-bit PCI bus provides a standard set of high-end on-board peripherals such as 10/100/1000 ethernet, dual SATA and dual High-Speed host/slave USB 2.0. The TS-7800 features 128MB of DDR-RAM and 512MB of high-speed NAND flash.
The TS-7800 features a 12,000 LUT on-board programmable Lattice FPGA. The FPGA provides extra peripherals such as 110 GPIO lines, additional
serial ports, dual 4-bit mode high-speed SD Card sockets (full-size and micro SD Cards), and NAND controller.
All the PC/104 pins are connected straight to the FPGA, giving the TS-7800 the flexibility to add external hardware and physical/transceiver
layers. The default TS-7800 FPGA load provides a standard PC/104 bus on the 104-pin connectors, maintaining compatibility with our other ARM SBCs
and wide range of PC/104 peripheral boards. The FPGA on the TS-7800 enables simple, inexpensive customization that requires no physical hardware
modifications. Should you need a special configuration or a custom load, contact Technologic Systems for FPGA development services.
Backward Compatibility with TS-72xx Boards
The TS-7800 is backward compatible with our TS-72xx computers, providing 3 times more performance and higher-end features
with an identical footprint. Most of the headers (DIO, LCD, Power) and connectors (PC/104, USB, Serial, Ethernet) have the same external footprint
and board location as the TS-72xx series. This enables easy platform migration, including cabling, enclosures, and external hardware (LCD, keypad,
The TS-7800 is the best option for customers in need of higher ARM performance or newer Linux solutions (latest 2.6 kernel). Contact
Technologic Systems for information on TS-72xx to TS-7800 upgrades.
- Connects to CPU via 50MHz local PCI bus
- Default load uses GPIO pins as a standard PC/104 ISA bus
The TS-7800 uses an improved Linux 2.6 kernel (currently 2.6.21 version) that allows 0.69 second bootup from NAND flash and provides
driver support for all on-board hardware. In addition, the 512MB on-board flash enables a full Debian distribution to be installed with a complete
embedded development environment. (Sarge-nonEABI and Etch-EABI images available)
The TS-7800 is shipped with Linux kernel 2.6 and the Debian distribution on on-board flash. The default configuration is an embedded system
that can run a wide range of server services, desktop-like applications, and development tools.
0.69 Second Linux Fast-Boot
The TS-7800 500MHz ARM9 SBC uses a bootup firmware that enables a Linux 2.6.21 bootup time of 0.69 seconds from on-board NAND flash.
The board boots to a minimal kernel and loads an initial RAM disk which has complete access to full-Debian binaries and libraries. The Debian Sarge
filesystem can be installed on either the on-board flash or an SD card (either micro or full-size sockets). Extra OS services and drivers are provided as
kernel modules which are loaded right after bootup. In addition, extra initialization LinuxRC scripts are provided to enable straight boot-up to the on-board
flash, an SD card, or an NFS root filesystem.
After 0.69 seconds, the user has access to a Linux shell prompt and to a Busybox filesystem which enables network services and driver access to
most of the TS-7800 hardware. The initialization process is completed in the background (in under 2 seconds). Then the user can take advantage of a complete
C/C++ GNU embedded development environment provided by Debian. Alternatively, the user can maximize performance for his embedded application by
loading his own Linux application instead of the default /linuxrc script.
The TS-7800 is a fanless, low-power, and rugged Single Board Computer. Therefore, the ultra-fast bootup to Linux can be used in combination with the
200microAmp sleep mode provided by the on-board AVR as an efficient solution for embedded applications which have to periodically wake-up to perform
a given task and go back to sleep right after, using little power and with quick feedback.
Bootloader Un-brickable Design
The TS-7800 bootstrap combines FPGA hardware logic, specific boot-up firmware, and kernel tweaks to ensure fast boot time, security, and high
- Linux-based bootloader boots Linux 2.6 kernel to shell prompt in less than 2 seconds from SD card or on-board flash. A Linux bootload utility is
available to boot any other kernel or Operating System image from Linux shell prompt.
- Un-brickable design ensures 100% recoverability from SD card in case of on-board flash erasure.
- Full Debian Linux can be installed on on-board flash from a USB flash dongle, eliminating the need to use miniaturized niche embedded Linux
distributions or blast/boot boards.
- SD card security features can be utilized for boot medium verification or booting of locked SD cards.
The TS-7800 is also compatible with other Bootloaders, Linux distributions or Operating Systems. Contact us for further software support regarding
Eclipse IDE for TS-7000 and Windows
The Eclipse IDE configured for embedded development with the TS-7000 ARM9 computers running
Debian Linux is provided along with the 2GB development SD Card. Technologic Systems makes use of the Eclipse Europa release and the DSDP+CDT
plugins in order to provide an advanced IDE and makes embedded development easier. ARM crosstool chains, cygwin runtime-libraries and a Java
Development Kit are installed on the card, therefore Eclipse IDE will run out-of-the-box (no need for installation) in your Windows PC. The Eclipse
environment is already configured to allow a quick startup with a TS-7000 embedded development. After start-up, the installed 'helloworld' example
shows the user how to use the Eclipse functionalities, including cross-compilation, build-management configurations, binary download to the TS-7000 target,
target management via SSH, FTP, telnet or serial console, client-server debugging with Eclipse debug view, etc.