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TS-7550

Our Smallest Computer at the Lowest System Cost

Starting at $104 (Qty. 100)

Highlights

  • 250MHz ARM9 CPU
  • 64MB DDR-RAM
  • 256MB SLC XNAND Drive
  • Customizable 5K LUT OpenCore FPGA
  • USB2 480Mbit/s Host(2) / Device(1)

The TS-7550 is an ultra-compact embedded computer module based on a 250MHz ARM9 CPU from Cavium Networks. In comparison to the TS-7400, it is less expensive, about half the size, and over 50% faster. The TS-7550 offers additional features such as High-Speed USB host and device, 256MB XNAND flash and 5K LUT programmable on-board FPGA. The 44-pin header allows an external board to interface with the TS-7550 via DIO lines or FPGA cores.

Hardware

The TS-7550 features a 250MHz Cavium ARM9 CPU and a 5000 LUT Lattice FPGA. With 64MB RAM and a bootable 256MB on-board flash with our new XNAND technology, the TS-7550 is a powerful and extremely reliable embedded solution. External devices can connect to the TS-7550 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-7550 with a baseboard of your own design. Using just under 400mA at 5V, a TS-7550 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-7550 FPGA configuration for an elegant and affordable solution.

The TS-7550 development kit includes the TS-ENC750 enclosure with the TS-752 baseboard. The TS-752 baseboard demonstrates the power of the TS-7550, implementing Relays, RS-232, RS-485, Power over Ethernet, and signal protection for DIO.

The standard TS-7550 FPGA configuration implements the following features:

  • up to 8 UARTs (XUARTs*)
  • SPI
  • Watchdog timer
  • up to 33 DIO lines

Differences between TS-7500 and TS-7550

The TS-7500 and TS-7550 are very similar products. The TS-7500 has a microSD card whereas the TS-7550 does not. The TS-7550 instead includes 256MB of NAND flash with our XNAND technology for ultra-reliability.

XNAND Technology

Technologic Systems XNAND technology is a 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 or MLC NAND flash. Our TS-BOOTROM can also boot from XNAND for an ultra-reliable bootup. Please refer to the XNAND whitepaper for more information.


* 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.

Software

The TS-7550 SBC boots to Linux 2.6 from on-board flash using the proprietary TS-BOOTROM bootup firmware residing in ROM memory. 4MB of the on-board flash is used to store a bootable kernel image and an initial ramdisk image. A bootable NAND flash 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-7550 software features include:

  • Boots Linux 2.6 out-of-the-box in less than 3 seconds (to a shell prompt).
  • Un-brickable design ensures 100% recoverability from external flash of TS-752 in case of on-board flash erasure.
  • Startup Linux mini-root scripts allow flexible root and backup filesystem selection (NFS, USB flash) as well as software field upgrade support.

Linux OS Support

Technologic Systems' TS-7550 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-7550 functions are included.

CAN Bus Support in User Space

The TS-7550 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-7550 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.

Detailed Feature List

  • 250MHz ARM9 CPU
  • 64MB DDR-RAM
  • 256MB SLC XNAND Drive
  • Customizable 5K LUT OpenCore FPGA
  • USB2 480Mbit/s Host(2) / Device(1)
  • 1 10/100 Ethernet
  • 8 TTL UART, 1 CAN bus
  • 33 DIO, SPI and I2C interfaces
  • Watchdog Timer
  • Optional BB-RTC, WiFi
  • Power-over-Ethernet Ready
  • Small size (67mm x 75mm)
  • Low power (400mA @ 5V)
  • Fanless Operation from -20°C to 70°C
  • AppKit includes base-board+enclosure
  • Supports tsinit self-customization
CPU
CPU Arch ARM
CPU Vendor Cavium
CPU Part Number CNS2132
CPU Speed 250 MHz
RAM
RAM 64 MB
Onboard Storage
NAND Flash Storage 256 MB
Data Acquisition & Control
Digital Input/Output 33x
Interfaces
10/100 Ethernet 1x
USB Host 2x
USB Device 1x
Serial/COM Port 8x
SPI Bus 1x
I2C Bus 1x
CAN Bus 1x
Onboard Devices
Programmable FPGA 5k LUT
Battery-Backed Real Time Clock 1x
Watchdog Timer 1x
Temperature Sensor 1x
Operation Temperature
Fanless Temp Range 0 °C to 70 °C
Operating Supply Voltage
Operating Supply Voltage 5 VDC
Solutions
Linux Fastboot w/ TS-Bootrom™ 3.93 s
Linux Kernel v2.6.24
Debian Linux Distribution Yes
Busybox Small Distribution Yes
XNAND™ Storage Yes
Mechanical
Length 74mm
Width 66mm

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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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-7550-64-256XF $149 $119 $119 $114 $104 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-7550-64-256XF TS-7550 250MHz ARM9 SBC w/ 64MB RAM and 256MB XNAND Drive $149 $149
On-board Options
Part # Description Price Qty Total
OP-BBRTC2 Battery Backed Real Time Clock (separate battery) $10 $0
Board-Specific Peripherals
Part # Description Price Qty Total
TS-752 TS-752 Base Board Only (No Enclosure) $92 $0
Development Kits
Part # Description Price Qty Total
KIT-7550 The TS-7550 development kit is suggested for any new TS-7550 development and includes:
  • (TS-ENC750) Enclosure and TS-752 main board
  • (75USB-FLASH-2GB) 2GB USB Flash Drive with Debian Linux
  • (PS-5VDC-REG-8PG) Regulated DC Power Supply
  • (CB-USB-AMBM) USB A to B Device Cable
  • (CB7-05) Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end
The TS-7550 SBC is not included in the kit (Click to order a TS-7550). More info
$200 $0
KIT-7550-DIN The TS-7550 development kit is suggested for any new TS-7550 development and includes:
  • (TS-ENC750) DIN Mountable Enclosure and TS-752 main board
  • (75USB-FLASH-2GB) 2GB USB Flash Drive with Debian Linux
  • (PS-5VDC-REG-8PG) Regulated DC Power Supply
  • (CB-USB-AMBM) USB A to B Device Cable
  • (CB7-05) Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end
The TS-7550 SBC is not included in the kit (Click to order a TS-7550). More info
$212 $0
Flash Media
Part # Description Price Qty Total
75USB-FLASH-2GB 2GB USB Flash Drive with full ARM tool chain and Debian installed (included in the KIT-7550) $28 $0
Accessories and Extras
Part # Description Price Qty Total
CN-PC104-40PIN-F 40-Pin PC/104 Female Connector (QTY Pricing Available) More info $4 $0
CB-USB-AMBM USB Cable w/ connectors USB-A Male to USB-B Male (also used as power supply cable) $8 $0
CB7-05 Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end $9 $0
Power Supplies
Part # Description Price Qty Total
PS-5VDC-REG-8PG International regulated 5VDC wall mounted power supply with 8 pin green connector (incompatible with TS-7550, only compatible with TS-752 baseboard) (included in the KIT-7550) $22 $0
Enclosures
Part # Description Price Qty Total
TS-ENC750 Aluminum Enclosure with TS-752 main board and Power-over-Ethernet for TS-7500, TS-7550, TS-7600, TS-7700 $129 $0
DIN Enclosures
Part # Description Price Qty Total
TS-ENC750-DIN DIN Mountable Aluminum Enclosure with TS-752 main board and Power-over-Ethernet More info $141 $0

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