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TS-4200

Very Low Power Atmel ARM9 Computer-on-Module

Starting at $139 (Qty. 100)

Highlights

The TS-4200 is a TS-SOCKET Macrocontroller Computer on Module based on the Atmel AT91SAM9G20 ARM9 running at 400MHz. The TS-4200 features 10/100 Ethernet, full speed USB host and device, microSD card, and 256MB XNAND drive.

For compatible baseboards, please see the product compatibility chart.

Hardware

The TS-4200 is a low profile, credit card sized TS-SOCKET Macrocontroller module which features a 400MHz Atmel ARM9 and a 3K tile low power Actel A3P125 FPGA. With 64MB or 128MB RAM and a bootable 256MB on-board flash drive with our new XNAND technology, the TS-4200 is a powerful and extremely reliable embedded solution. External devices can connect to the TS-4200 via Ethernet, USB host, USB device, I2C, SPI, UARTs, or GPIO. Additionally, an external 16-bit address/data bus can be implemented through the use of 21 DIO pins. The two 100 pin downward-facing general-purpose headers make it easy to interface the TS-4200 with a standard TS-SOCKET baseboard or a baseboard of your own design.

The TS-4200 can run at a full 400MHz while consuming under half a Watt. The following features help meet this goal:

  • Efficient switching regulators
  • Low power Atmel CPU containing individual peripheral clocks that can be disabled when not required
  • Low power Actel FPGA clocked by the CPU only when needed
  • Low power 1.8V mobile RAM
  • Ethernet and SD card that can be disabled to save power

Hardware features include:

  • Ethernet MAC and PHY
  • 2 USB host (12 Mbps) and 1 USB device (12Mbps)
  • Up to 6 UARTs (1 Auto-485 capable)
  • MicroSD card connector (or external full size SD)
  • 256MB XNAND storage
  • SPI
  • I2C
  • I2S
  • 4 ADC inputs
  • RTC*
  • 8KB NV SRAM*
  • Up to 78 DIO/GPIO**
  • Temperature Sensor***
  • Watchdog timer
  • Random number generator

TS-SOCKET Description

TS-SOCKET is an embedded computer standard designed and controlled by Technologic Systems, Inc. It defines both a form factor and a connection pin-out and is based on two 100-pin low-profile connectors, allowing secure connection between a TS macrocontroller (CPU board) and a baseboard. Please refer to the TS-SOCKET Standard and Embedded Macrocontrollers resource for more information.

TS-4200 Power Consumption

Under normal operation with TS-8200 baseboard and RS-232 driver, the TS-4200 consumes about 375mW (75mA @ 5V) of power.

XNAND Technology

Technologic Systems XNAND technology is an ultra reliable and industrial grade user-space device driver that uses Reed-Solomon codes, extra checksums, and a RAID-based technique to allow any Linux filesystem to be used with confidence on SLC NAND flash. Our TS-BOOTROM can also boot from XNAND for an ultra-reliable bootup. Please refer to the XNAND whitepaper for more information.


*External coin cell battery required.

** Depends on features used (I2C, I2S, SPI, UARTs, etc). If all features are used, 39 GPIO are still available. Note: DIO pins marked with PC4-10 and PC13-14 on schematic are 1.8V logic level whereas all others are 3.3V logic level.

***1/16 of degree Celsius resolution (and 1 degree absolute accuracy).

Software

The TS-4200 SBC boots to Linux 2.6.36.2 from either a microSD card or on-board XNAND drive. The 256MB on-board XNAND drive is enough to store a bootable kernel image, initial ramdisk image, and a minimal version of emDebian "Squeeze (Grip)" Linux. Storage memory can be expanded through the microSD card socket. A bootable microSD card must contain a Linux kernel image, an initial ramdisk image and a valid Linux root filesystem. The fast Linux bootup solution was optimized for speed and includes kernel, initrd, and filesystem (Busybox) tweaks. Since this board boots to an initrd (initial ramdisk) with a read-only mounted filesystem, it is possible to have something other than a shell prompt running after bootup by editing the /linuxrc shell script on the initrd. Additional TS-4200 software features include:

  • Boots Linux 2.6.36.2 out-of-the-box in less than 3 seconds (to a shell prompt).
  • MicroSD card pre-installed with minimal Debian "Squeeze" Linux distribution.
  • Un-brickable design ensures 100% recoverability from microSD card in case of on-board XNAND drive erasure.
  • Startup Linux mini-root scripts allow flexible root and backup filesystem selection (microSD, XNAND, NFS, USB flash), as well as software field upgrade support.

Linux OS and Debian Support

Technologic Systems' TS-4200 ARM Systems on Modules (SoM) are compatible with a wide range of Operating Systems (OS's). The Linux choice is highly recommended and our products are totally integrated with the open-source vision. The board ships with Linux 2.6.36.2 Kernel running out-of-the-box. There is no proprietary source code in the kernel since all the hardware specific functionalities are handled by user-space utilities (such as sdctl, nandctl, xuartctl, etc.). The Linux kernel includes driver support for on-board hardware, enabling quick time to market of end-users applications. Examples and source codes are also available for downloading.

The compact initial ramdisk filesystem is based on Busybox and uClibc and is improved for performance and flexibility. Specific Linux scripts and utilities that handle the TS-4200 functions are included. In addition, the full Debian binaries and services are available from the initial ramdisk after mounting the microSD card.

The TS-4200 TS-SOCKET macrocontrollers are configured to load Debian "Squeeze" Linux from the on-board XNAND drive or microSD card during boot up time. The on-board XNAND flash uses a minimal emDebian "Squeeze (Grip)" Linux distribution that has been compacted to fit in the 256MB space and leave about 124MB free for the user and includes utilities such as apt-get for installing and removing programs. The microSD card uses a full featured Debian "Squeeze" Linux distribution which includes a complete GNU C/C++ embedded development environment. In addition, Apache Web Server, FTP, SSH, Telnet, and Samba network services are available with C/PHP/Perl for embedded CGI development.

Please contact Technologic Systems for further information regarding Operating System and software support for this product.

Detailed Feature List

  • TS-SOCKET Standard
    (requires Baseboard for development)
  • 400MHz ARM9 CPU
  • 64MB DDR-RAM (128MB Optional)
  • 256MB SLC XNAND Drive
  • 1 MicroSD Card Slot
  • 1.2K LUT Actel Low-power FPGA
  • 2 USB Host, 1 USB Device Ports
  • 10/100 Ethernet Port (Magnetics Req.)
  • Up to 6 UARTs (1 Auto-485 capable)
  • 1 SPI, 1 I2C, 1 I2S, 4 ADC
  • Up to 78 GPIO/DIO
  • Watchdog Timer
  • Real Time Clock and Temp. Sensor
  • Fanless Operation from -40 °C to 85 °C
  • Credit Card Sized (55mm x 75mm)
  • Very Low Power (75mA at 5V)
  • Unbrickable, Boots from SD or Flash
  • Boots Linux 2.6 in less than 3 seconds
  • DevKit includes base board
  • Supports tsinit self-customization
CPU
CPU Arch ARM
CPU Vendor Atmel
CPU Part Number AT91SAM9G20
CPU Speed 400 MHz
RAM
RAM 64 MB to 128 MB
Onboard Storage
Flash Storage 256 MB
NAND Flash Storage 256 MB
External Storage
microSD Socket 1x
Data Acquisition & Control
Digital Input/Output 78x
Analog-to-Digital 4x
Interfaces
Data/Address Mux Bus 1x
10/100 Ethernet 1x
USB Host 2x
USB Device 1x
Serial/COM Port 6x
RS-485 Port 1x
SPI Bus 1x
I2C Bus 1x
HMI
I2S Audio 1x
Onboard Devices
Real Time Clock 1x
Watchdog Timer 1x
Temperature Sensor 1x
Operation Temperature
Fanless Temp Range -40 °C to 85 °C
Power Consumption
Max Power Consumption 0.50 W
Operating Supply Voltage
Operating Supply Voltage 5 VDC
Solutions
Linux Kernel v2.6.36
Debian Linux Distribution Yes
Busybox Small Distribution Yes
XNAND™ Storage Yes
TS-SOCKET™ Embedded System Yes
Mechanical
Length 75mm
Width 55mm
Weight 20 g

Technologic Systems provides complete documentation for our mature products, including manuals, schematics, mechanical drawings, etc. The most recent documentation files are always made available through our website. If you don't find the documentation you are looking for, contact support for more information. Also, please make sure to visit our Embedded Systems Support webpage, our official WIKI and join our official Developers Forum.

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Supported Products

Products built with the TS-4200 platform

The prices below are available for sales orders requesting different quantities on a per release basis.

Quantity
Product Configuration 1
10 25 50 100 250+
TS-4200-128-256XF $219 $184 $184 $179 $169 Call us
TS-4200-64-256XF $189 $154 $154 $149 $139 Call us

Product Customization

Technologic Systems can provide you with a custom tailored version of our standard product starting at minimum order sizes of 100 units or more. Customized products can be based on various combinations of many of the standard product features. There will be a one-time customization fee to cover the set up of your custom part number and production processes. Once the set up is complete the standard lead time for your customized product would be 6-8 weeks. Please contact us to get started on tailoring this product to meet your needs. In addition to tailoring our standard product to your needs, for slightly larger orders sizes, Technologic Systems can also provide a custom design based on this product to meet your mechanical requirements or to add features.

What's Included

Use the table below to configure your product and add it to your cart. If you have any questions, please contact us for assistance.

Product Configuration
Part # Description Price Qty Total
TS-4200-64-256XF TS-4200 Atmel ARM9 SBC w/ 64MB RAM and 256MB XNAND Drive $189 $189
TS-4200-128-256XF TS-4200 Atmel ARM9 SBC w/ 128MB RAM and 256MB XNAND Drive $219 $219
Flash Media
Part # Description Price Qty Total
MSD-4GB-4200 TS-4200 bootable 4GB microSD card preinstalled with Debian $12 $0
MSD-4GB-BLANK SanDisk microSD card, Size 4GB $12 $0
MSD-4GB-USB-4200 TS-4200 bootable 4GB microSD card preinstalled with Debian and including USB reader $38 $0
Accessories and Extras
Part # Description Price Qty Total
CN-TSSOCKET-M-10 Qty Ten (10) Male 100-Pin High Density Connectors for Custom Baseboard Design More info $40 $0
CN-TSSOCKET-M-100 Qty One Hundred (100) Male 100-Pin High Density Connectors for Custom Baseboard Design More info $250 $0