Newer TS-7600 Product Available. The TS-7600 or TS-7700 are the new and improved versions of the TS-7500 series! Recommended for new designs.

This CPU is End of Life (EOL). The CPU chip on this product is EOL. Existing customers will be supported via last time buy. See Product Life Cycle Guarantee.

TS-7500 Front View TS-7500 Front View
TS-7500 Rear View TS-7500 Rear View
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TS-ENC750 Face Plate shown with mating screw terminal connectors removed TS-ENC750 Face Plate shown with mating screw terminal connectors removed
TS-7500 shown with optional battery backed real time clock in optional TS-ENC750 enclosure TS-7500 shown with optional battery backed real time clock in optional TS-ENC750 enclosure
TS-ENC750 shown with TS-752 Interface Board TS-ENC750 shown with TS-752 Interface Board
TS-ENC750-DIN shown with DIN attachment TS-ENC750-DIN shown with DIN attachment
TS-7500 Front View
TS-7500 Rear View
ts-7550-r-angled
TS-ENC750 Face Plate shown with mating screw terminal connectors removed
TS-7500 shown with optional battery backed real time clock in optional TS-ENC750 enclosure
TS-ENC750 shown with TS-752 Interface Board
TS-ENC750-DIN shown with DIN attachment

TS-7500

Our Smallest Computer at Our Best Price Point

Lifecycle: De-emphasized | Released: July 2009 | RoHS Compliant Badge RoHS Compliant

The TS-7500 is an ultra-compact embedded computer module based on a 250MHz ARM9 CPU from Cavium Networks.

  • Ultra-compact embedded computer module
  • User programmable FPGA
  • External base board interface header
  • Development kit includes base board and enclosure
$99 (Qty. 100) $149 (Qty. 1)
No minimum order quantity on standard products.

The TS-7500 features a 250MHz Cavium ARM9 CPU and a 5000 LUT Lattice FPGA. With 64MB RAM, a bootable 4MB on-board flash, and a microSD card slot, the TS-7500 is a powerful and flexible embedded solution. External devices can connect to the TS-7500 via Ethernet, USB host, USB device, or I2C ports as well as DIO, UARTs, and SPI which are implemented in the standard FPGA load. The 44 pin downward-facing general-purpose header makes it easy to interface the TS-7500 with a baseboard of your own design. Using just under 400mA at 5V, a TS-7500 driven product can be fully powered by a USB device cable.

Does your application require custom real-time logic such as non-standard bus interfaces, PWM outputs, quadrature decoding, pulse timing, or digital counters? Technologic Systems can integrate that functionality into a custom TS-7500 FPGA configuration for an elegant and affordable solution.

The TS-7500 development kit includes the TS-ENC750 enclosure with the TS-752 baseboard. The TS-752 baseboard demonstrates the power of the TS-7500, implementing Relays, RS-232, RS-485, Power over Ethernet, and signal protection for DIO.

The standard TS-7500 FPGA configuration implements the following features:

  • MicroSD card access
  • Up to 8 UARTs (XUARTs*)
  • SPI
  • Watchdog timer
  • Up to 33 DIO lines
  • 1 CAN Bus Option (available as an FPGA bitstream)

* Technologic Systems XUART core is an extended UART core supporting 7, 8, 9, or 10 bits per character, Tx and Rx FIFOs 256+ characters deep, and accurate measurement of idle and busy times. These ports support advanced protocols such as DMX/RDM. There is also one serial port in the CPU for a total of 9 serial ports.

The TS-7500 SBC boots to Linux 2.6 from either an SD card or on-board flash using the proprietary TS-BOOTROM bootup firmware residing in ROM memory. The 4MB on-board flash is enough to store a bootable kernel image and a initial ramdisk image. Storage memory can be expanded through the SD card socket. A bootable SD 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 ram disk) 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-7500 software features include:

  • Boots Linux 2.6 out-of-the-box in less than 3 seconds (to a shell prompt).
  • SD card pre-installed with standard Debian Linux distribution (Lenny Arm).
  • Un-brickable design ensures 100% recoverability from SD card in case of on-board flash erasure.
  • Startup Linux mini-root scripts allow flexible root and backup filesystem selection (SD, NFS, USB flash) as well as software field upgrade support.

Linux OS and Debian Support

Technologic Systems TS-7500 ARM Single Board Computers (SBC) 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 boards ship with Linux 2.6 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. The Linux kernel includes driver support for on-board hardware, enabling quick time to market for 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-7500 functions are included. In addition, the full Debian binaries and services are available from the initial ramdisk after mounting the SD card.

The TS-7500 SBCs are configured to load the Debian Linux OS from the SD card during bootup time. The full featured Debian Linux (version Lenny Arm) distribution includes a complete GNU C/C++ embedded development environment installed. In addition, Apache Web Server, FTP, SSH, Telnet and Samba network services are available with C/PHP/Perl for embedded CGI development.

CAN Bus Support in User Space

The TS-7500 utilizes an SJA1000C-compatible FPGA core out of the box complete with documentation and sample code. The sample code provides a simple utility to send/receive CAN packets and perform useful and common functions with the CAN bus from userspace. Additionally, this sample code includes network CAN service and can be automatically started on TS-7500 bootup which makes the writing of CAN enabled applications even simpler and furthermore allows for the possibility of development in languages other than C (Java, Python, etc..) and on systems other than the local Linux SBC (Linux/x86, Windows, etc..)

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
Part Number CNS2132
Vendor Cavium
CPU Speed 250 MHz
Core Specs
Base Memory Capacity 64 MB
FPGA 5 k LUT
Watchdog Timer 1x
Other
Battery-Backed Real Time Clock 1x
Sensors
Temperature Sensor 1x
Storage
microSD Card Socket 1x
General I/O
General-Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) Pins 33x
Serial Interfaces
TTL-Level UART Ports 8x
SPI Ports 1x
I2C Ports 1x
Peripheral Interfaces
USB Host Ports 2x
USB Device Ports 1x
Industrial Protocols
CAN Ports 1x
Networking
10/100 Ethernet Ports 1x
Physical
Operating Supply Voltage 5 VDC
Maximum Power Consumption 2.00 W
Fanless Temperature Range 0 °C to 70 °C
Width 66.0 mm
Length 73.7 mm
Software
Linux Kernel Version 2.6.24
Debian Linux Yes
Busybox Small Distribution Yes
Linux Fastboot w/ TS-Bootrom™ 3.93 s
Quantities
Product Configurations 1 10 50 100
TS-7500-64-4F $149 $125 $115 $99
TS-7500-64-4F-RTC $159 $135 $125 $109
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TS-ENC750
In Enclosures

Aluminum Enclosure with TS-752 Baseboard and Power-over-Ethernet for TS-7500, TS-7550, TS-7600, TS-7700

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TS-752
In Board Specific Peripherals

TS-752 Baseboard Only (No Enclosure)


Product Configuration
Part Description Price
TS-7500-64-4F TS-7500 250MHz ARM9 SBC w/ 64MB RAM and 4MB Flash Pricing
TS-7500-64-4F-RTC TS-7500 250MHz ARM9 SBC with 64MB RAM, 4MB flash, and RTC Pricing
Board Specific Peripherals
Part Description Price
TS-752 TS-752 Baseboard Only (No Enclosure) $92
Flash Media
Part Description Price
MSD-4GB-BLANK SanDisk microSD card, Size 4GB $12
MSD-4GB-7500 TS-7500 bootable 4GB microSD card pre-loaded with Debian $12
MSD-4GB-USB-7500 TS-7500 bootable 4GB microSD card pre-loaded with Debian, includes USB reader $38
Accessories and Extras
Part Description Price
CB-JUMPER-10-M-M-6 Quantity 10 male-to-male 6-inch blue jumper wires for use with 0.1" headers $6
CN-PC104-40PIN-F 40-pin PC/104 female connector $4
CB7-05 Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end $9
CB-USB-AMBM USB Cable w/ connectors USB-A Male to USB-B Male $8
Power Supplies
Part Description Price
PS-5VDC-REG-8PG Regulated 5 VDC, 2.5 A wall mounted power supply with 8 pin green connector (100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, A-type Plug) $21
Enclosures
Part Description Price
TS-ENC750 Aluminum Enclosure with TS-752 Baseboard and Power-over-Ethernet for TS-7500, TS-7550, TS-7600, TS-7700 $129
Development Kits
Part Description Price
KIT-7500 Development kit including suggested parts and enclosure for new development Includes packaged parts:
  • TS-ENC750: Aluminum Enclosure with TS-752 Baseboard and Power-over-Ethernet for TS-7500, TS-7550, TS-7600, TS-7700
  • MSD-4GB-USB-7500: TS-7500 bootable 4GB microSD card pre-loaded with Debian, includes USB reader
  • PS-5VDC-REG-8PG: Regulated 5 VDC, 2.5 A wall mounted power supply with 8 pin green connector (100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, A-type Plug)
  • CB-USB-AMBM: USB Cable w/ connectors USB-A Male to USB-B Male
  • CB-DB9-Y: DB-9 Y Cable
  • CB7-05: Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end
$210

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