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TS-4800

Video GPU & FPU ARM9 Embedded System-on-Module

Lifecycle: Fully Developed | Released: July 2011 | RoHS Compliant Badge RoHS Compliant

The TS-4800 is a TS-SOCKET macrocontroller board based on the NXP i.MX515 ARM Cortex-A8 CPU running at 800MHz. The TS-4800 features 10/100 Ethernet, high speed USB host and device (OTG), microSD card, and 256MB XNAND drive.

  • Custom Fit to Your Application via Customizable Off-Load Engine
  • Risk Reducing, Time to Market Minimizing, Modular Design
  • Rugged, Industrial Environment Ready with Fanless -40°C to +85°C Range
  • Perfectly Suited for Low Power Applications
$168 (Qty. 100) $219 (Qty. 1)
No minimum order quantity on standard products.

The TS-4800 is a TS-SOCKET macrocontroller board based on the NXP i.MX515 ARM Cortex-A8 CPU running at 800MHz. The TS-4800 features 10/100 Ethernet, high speed USB host and device (OTG), microSD card, and 256MB XNAND drive.


Hardware Description

The TS-4800 is a low profile, credit card sized TS-SOCKET macrocontroller module which features an 800MHz NXP ARM Cortex-A8 and a 5K or 8K LUT Lattice XP2 FPGA. With 256MB RAM and a bootable 256MB on-board flash drive with industrial grade SLC XNAND technology, the TS-4800 is a powerful and extremely reliable embedded solution. External devices can connect to the TS-4800 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-4800 with a standard TS-SOCKET baseboard or a baseboard of your own design.

With the powerful Cortex-A8 system on chip, 256MB RAM, and a single precision FPU, the TS-4800 is the most powerful computer offered by Technologic Systems. With LCD and touchscreen support, the TS-4800 is an ideal engine for a touch panel computer such as the TS-TPC-8390.


Hardware features include:

  • Ethernet MAC and PHY
  • 1 USB host and 1 USB OTG
  • Up to 6 UARTs (4 auto-485 capable)
  • MicroSD card connector (or external full size SD)
  • 256MB SLC XNAND storage
  • LCD output with video playback acceleration
  • FPGA touchscreen controller interface
  • SPI
  • CAN
  • I2C
  • I2S
  • One-wire interface
  • RTC*
  • Up to 50+ DIO/GPIO**
  • Temperature Sensor***
  • Watchdog timer
  • Hardware 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.

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, many GPIO are still available.

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

Software

The TS-4800 SBC boots to Linux 2.6.35 from either a microSD card or on-board XNAND drive. The 256MB on-board XNAND drive stores a bootable kernel image, initial ramdisk image, and a minimal version of Debian "Lenny" Linux. Non-volatile storage 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-4800 software features include:

  • Boots Linux 2.6.35 out-of-the-box in less than 3 seconds (to a shell prompt).
  • MicroSD software image with 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-4800 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 2.6.35 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 spictl, 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-4800 functions are included. In addition, the full Debian binaries and services are available from the initial ramdisk after mounting the microSD card.

The TS-4800 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 Debian Lenny Linux distribution that has been compacted to fit in the 256MB space and leave about 70MB free for the user and includes utilities such as apt-get for installing and removing programs. The microSD card uses a full featured Debian "Lenny" 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.

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 documentation, and join our official Developers Forum.

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CPU
Architecture ARM (Cortex-A8)
Part Number i.MX515
Vendor NXP
CPU Speed 800 MHz
CPU Cores (Max) 1x
Core Specs
Base Memory Capacity 256 MB
FPGA 8 k LUT
Watchdog Timer 1x
Storage
Base Flash Capacity 256 MB
Flash Type NAND (SLC XNAND Drive)
microSD Card Socket 1x
Other
Real Time Clock 1x (External Battery Required)
Sensors
Temperature Sensor 1x
General I/O
General-Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) Pins 55x
PWM Ports 8x
Quadrature Counter 4x
Serial Interfaces
RS-485 Ports 4x
TTL-Level UART Ports 6x
SPI Ports 1x
I2C Ports 1x
I2S Audio Ports 1x
Peripheral Interfaces
USB Host Ports 1x
USB OTG Ports 1x (480 Mbits/second)
Industrial Protocols
CAN Ports 2x (External Transceiver)
Networking
10/100 Ethernet Ports 1x (Magnetics Required)
Physical
Operating Supply Voltage 5 VDC
Maximum Power Consumption 2.50 W
Fanless Temperature Range -20 °C to 70 °C
Width 55.0 mm
Length 74.9 mm
Software
User Programmable FPGA Yes
Linux Kernel Version 2.6
Debian Linux Lenny (5.0)
XNAND Storage Yes
Busybox Small Distribution Yes
Graphics / HMI
Video Acceleration Yes
Quantities
Product Configurations 1 10 25 50 100
TS-4800-256-256XF $219 $185 $185 $180 $168
Product Configuration
Part Description Price
TS-4800-256-256XF TS-4800 SoM with 256MB RAM and 256MB XNAND drive Pricing
Flash Media
Part Description Price
MSD-4GB-BLANK SanDisk microSD card, Size 4GB $12
MSD-8GB-4800 TS-4800 bootable 8GB microSD card pre-loaded with Debian $24
MSD-8GB-CLASS10-BLANK SanDisk Class 10 microSD card, Size 8GB $24
MSD-8GB-USB-4800 TS-4800 bootable 8GB microSD card pre-loaded with Debian, includes USB reader $50
MSD-8GB-BLANK 8GB microSD card $24
Accessories and Extras
Part Description Price
CN-TSSOCKET-M-10 Qty Ten (10) Male 100-Pin High Density Connectors for Custom Baseboard Design $40
CN-TSSOCKET-M-100 Qty One Hundred (100) Male 100-Pin High Density Connectors for Custom Baseboard Design $250
Development Kits
Part Description Price
KIT-8550-4800 Development kit including suggested parts for new development. Includes packaged parts:
  • MSD-8GB-USB-4800: TS-4800 bootable 8GB microSD card pre-loaded with Debian, includes USB reader
  • TS-8550: TS-SOCKET development baseboard (system-on-module not included)
  • PS-5VDC-REG-2P1: Regulated 5 VDC, 2.5 A wall mounted power supply with 2 pin black screw terminal connector (100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, A-type Plug)
  • CB-USB-A-MICRO-GOLD: 7" USB 2.0 Type-A to Micro-B cable
  • CB-USB-A-FEMALE-MICRO: 7" USB 2.0 Type-A Receptacle (Female) to Micro-B cable
  • CB7-05: Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end
$179

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  • Utilizes the TS-SOCKET standard with secure connections
  • Complete, ready-to-deploy solution with baseboard and module
  • Modular design fights obsoletion and eases repair

$272 (Qty. 100) $343 (Qty. 1)

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TS-8160-4800
800MHz FPU PC/104 TS-SOCKET Embedded Computer
  • Utilizes the TS-SOCKET standard with secure connections
  • Complete, ready-to-deploy solution with baseboard and module
  • Modular design fights obsoletion and eases repair

$271 (Qty. 100) $342 (Qty. 1)

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TS-8820-4800
Industrial Controller with Opto-Isolated IO
  • Robust Design with Opto-Isolated Analog I/O
  • Powerful Solution for Industrial Process Control Systems
  • Rugged Connections Using Screw Terminal Connectors

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7" Video GPU & FPU Mountable Panel PC with Linux
  • Utilizes the TS-SOCKET standard with secure connections
  • Complete, ready-to-deploy solution with baseboard and module
  • Modular design fights obsoletion and eases repair

$455 (Qty. 100) $519 (Qty. 1)

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10" Video GPU & FPU Mountable Touch Panel Computer
  • Utilizes the TS-SOCKET standard with secure connections
  • Complete, ready-to-deploy solution with baseboard and module
  • Modular design fights obsoletion and eases repair

$629 (Qty. 100) $689 (Qty. 1)