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Low Cost Plastic Enclosure Computer

Starting at $119 (Qty. 100)


  • 250MHz ARM9 CPU
  • 64MB DDR-RAM
  • 256MB SLC XNAND Drive
  • 1 MicroSD Card Slot
  • Customizable 5K LUT OpenCore FPGA

The TS-7553 is a Single Board Computer based on a 250MHz ARM9 CPU from Cavium Networks. The TS-7553 offers features such as High-Speed USB host and device, 256MB XNAND drive, microSD card, Power over Ethernet (PoE) option, XBee option, and 5K LUT customizable on-board OpenCore FPGA.


The TS-7553 features a 250MHz Cavium ARM9 CPU and a 5000 LUT Lattice FPGA. With 64MB RAM and a bootable 256MB on-board flash drive with our new XNAND technology, the TS-7553 is a powerful and extremely reliable embedded solution. External devices can connect to the TS-7553 via Ethernet, XBee radio socket (point to point, unlike the Zigbee which supports mesh networks), USB host, USB device, or I2C ports, as well as DIO, UARTs, CAN Bus, DMX, and SPI which are implemented in the standard FPGA load.

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-7553 FPGA configuration for an elegant and affordable solution.

The standard TS-7553 configuration implements the following features:

  • 4 XUARTs* (2-RS232, 1-RS485, and 1 TTL level to Xbee socket)
  • 1 CAN Bus
  • SPI Support
  • I2C Support
  • DMX Support
  • Watchdog Timer
  • Up to 11 DIO Lines
  • Battery Backed RTC
  • XBee Radio Socket
  • Temperature Sensor
  • Designed to fit in an optional low-cost plastic enclosure
  • Multipurpose Reset/Script Button

TS-7553 Power Consumption

The TS-7553 requires about 3.2 Watts of power (642mA @ 4.98V) for normal operation and will require more if connecting USB devices, a larger microSD card, XBee radio. For this reason, it is recommended to power the device at 5-12V input via barrel connector or 2 pin terminal connector.

Differences between TS-7553 and TS-7552

The TS-7553 was released April 2010 and is a smaller form factor and cost reduced version of the TS-7552 without the extra USB ports. It was designed to be mated with an inexpensive plastic enclosure and serve as a standalone general purpose embedded server.

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.

* 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.


The TS-7553 SBC boots to Linux 2.6.24 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 Debian "Lenny" Linux. Storage memory can be expanded through the microSD card socket. A bootable microSD card must contain a Linux kernel image, a 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-7553 software features include:

  • Boots Linux 2.6.24 out-of-the-box in less than 3 seconds (to a shell prompt).
  • MicroSD card pre-installed with minimal Debian "Lenny" Linux distribution.
  • Un-brickable design ensures 100% recoverability from MicroSD card in case of onboard XNAND drive erasure.
  • Startup Linux mini-root scripts allow flexible root and backup filesystem selection (microSD, NFS, USB flash) as well as software field upgrade support.

Linux OS and Debian Support

Technologic Systems' TS-7553 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 2.6.24 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 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-7553 functions are included. In addition, the full Debian binaries and services are available from the initial ramdisk after mounting the microSD card.

The TS-7553 SBCs are configured to load Debian "Lenny" Linux from the on-board XNAND drive or microSD card during boot up time. The on-board XNAND drive 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.

CAN Bus Support in User Space

The TS-7553 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-7553 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
  • 1 MicroSD Card Slot
  • Customizable 5K LUT OpenCore FPGA
  • 1 External USB Host Port, 480Mbit/s
  • 1 External USB Device Port, 480Mbit/s
  • 1 Internal USB Host Port, 480Mbit/s
  • 1 10/100 Ethernet, Optional PoE
  • Watchdog Timer
  • 2 RS-232, 1 RS-485, 1 CAN
  • DMX Support
  • Header with I2C, SPI, and 11 DIO
  • Battery Backed RTC and Temp. Sensor
  • Low Power (< 3.2Watts)
  • Fanless Operation from 0 °C to 70 °C
  • Boots Linux 2.6 in less than 3 Seconds
  • Uses 5-12V DC or USB for Power In
  • XBee Radio Socket
  • Optional Low Cost Plastic Enclosure
  • Optional DIN Mountable Enclosure
  • Multipurpose Reset/Script Button
  • Unbrickable, Boots from SD or Flash
  • Supports tsinit self-customization
CPU Vendor Cavium
CPU Part Number CNS2132
CPU Speed 250 MHz
Onboard Storage
NAND Flash Storage 256 MB
External Storage
microSD Socket 1x
Data Acquisition & Control
Digital Input/Output 11x
10/100 Ethernet 1x
USB Host 2x
USB Device 1x
Serial/COM Port 4x
RS-485 Port 1x
SPI Bus 1x
I2C Bus 1x
CAN Bus 1x
XBee Interface 1x
Onboard Devices
Programmable FPGA 5k LUT
Battery-Backed Real Time Clock 1x
Watchdog Timer 1x
Temperature Sensor 1x
Power-over-Ethernet 1x
Operation Temperature
Fanless Temp Range 0 °C to 70 °C
Operating Supply Voltage
Operating Supply Voltage 5 VDC to 12 VDC
Linux Fastboot w/ TS-Bootrom™ 3.93 s
Linux Kernel v2.6.24
Debian Linux Distribution Yes
Busybox Small Distribution Yes
XNAND™ Storage Yes
User Programmable FPGA Yes
Length 119mm
Width 94mm

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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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-7553-64-256XF TS-7553 250MHz ARM9 SBC w/ 64MB RAM and 256MB XNAND Drive $145 $145
Board-Specific Peripherals
Part # Description Price Qty Total
TS-9448-RC-DB9 Console Mini-Peripheral Board w/ 1 RC-DB9 cable $60 $0
TS-9449-USB Console Mini-Peripheral Board w/ 1 CB-USB-AMBM USB cable $60 $0
Development Kits
Part # Description Price Qty Total
KIT-7553 The TS-7553 development kit is suggested for any new TS-7553 development and includes:
  • (TS-9448) TS-9448 Console Board
  • (TS-ENC820) TS-ENC820 Plastic Enclosure
  • (MSD-4GB-USB-7500) 4GB microSD Card with Debian Linux and USB Adapter
  • (PS-5VDC-REG-1AMP-BC) Regulated DC Power Supply
  • (CB-USB-AMAF) USB A Male to A Female Cable
  • (CB-USB-AMBM) USB A to B Device Cable
  • (CB-DB9-Y) DB-9 Y Cable
  • (RC-DB9) 10-Pin header COM port adapter cable to DB-9
  • (CB7-05) Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end
The TS-7553 SBC is not included in the kit (Click to order a TS-7553). More info
$170 $0
KIT-7553-DIN The TS-7553 development kit is suggested for any new TS-7553 development and includes:
  • (TS-9448) TS-9448 Console Board
  • (TS-ENC820) TS-ENC820 DIN Mountable Plastic Enclosure
  • (MSD-4GB-USB-7500) 4GB microSD Card with Debian Linux and USB Adapter
  • (PS-5VDC-REG-1AMP-BC) Regulated DC Power Supply
  • (CB-USB-AMAF) USB A Male to A Female Cable
  • (CB-USB-AMBM) USB A to B Device Cable
  • (CB-DB9-Y) DB-9 Y Cable
  • (RC-DB9) 10-Pin header COM port adapter cable to DB-9
  • (CB7-05) Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end
The TS-7553 SBC is not included in the kit (Click to order a TS-7553). More info
$182 $0
Flash Media
Part # Description Price Qty Total
MSD-4GB-BLANK SanDisk microSD card, Size 4GB $12 $0
75USB-FLASH-2GB 2GB USB Flash Drive with full ARM tool chain and Debian installed $28 $0
MSD-4GB-USB-7500 TS-7500 bootable 4GB microSD card with USB reader interface including replication mechanism, ARM tool chain, Debian Linux filesystem, documentation and further binaries/utilities $38 $0
Accessories and Extras
Part # Description Price Qty Total
RC-DB9 10-pin header COM port adapter cable to DB-9 $4 $0
CB-USB-AMAF USB Cable w/ connectors USB-A Male to USB-A Female More info $8 $0
CB-USB-AMBM USB Cable w/ connectors USB-A Male to USB-B Male $8 $0
CB-DB9-Y DB-9 Y Cable More info $9 $0
CB7-05 Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end $9 $0
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Part # Description Price Qty Total
TS-ENC820 Plastic Enclosure More info $15 $0
DIN Enclosures
Part # Description Price Qty Total
TS-ENC820-DIN Plastic Enclosure with DIN Mount Hardware $27 $0

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