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TS-7500

Our Smallest Computer at Our Best Price Point

Starting at $89 (Qty. 100)

Highlights

  • 250MHz ARM9 CPU
  • 64MB DDR-RAM
  • 4MB NOR Flash
  • Customizable 5K LUT OpenCore FPGA
  • 1 micro SDHC Card slot

The TS-7500 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-7500 offers additional features such as High-Speed USB host and device, micro-SD card socket, and 5K LUT programmable on-board FPGA. The 44-pin header allows an external board to interface with the TS-7500 via DIO lines, SPI, I2C, or FPGA cores.

Hardware

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.

Software

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.

Detailed Feature List

  • 250MHz ARM9 CPU
  • 64MB DDR-RAM
  • 4MB NOR Flash
  • Customizable 5K LUT OpenCore FPGA
  • 1 micro SDHC Card slot
  • USB2 480Mbit/s Host(2) / Device(1)
  • 1 10/100 Ethernet
  • 8 TTL UART
  • 33 DIO, SPI and I2C interfaces
  • Watchdog Timer
  • Optional BB-RTC, CAN bus, WiFi
  • Power-over-Ethernet Ready
  • Fanless Operation from -20°C to 70°C
  • Small size (67mm x 75mm)
  • Low power (400mA @ 5V)
  • Unbrickable, boots from SD or Flash
  • DevKit includes base-board+enclosure
  • Boots Linux 2.6 in less than 3 seconds
  • Supports tsinit self-customization
CPU
CPU Arch ARM
CPU Vendor Cavium
CPU Part Number CNS2132
CPU Speed 250 MHz
RAM
RAM 64 MB
External Storage
microSD Socket 1x
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
Power Consumption
Typical Power Consumption 2.00 W
Power Supply
Power Supply 5 VDC
Solutions
Linux Fastboot w/ TS-Bootrom™ 3.93 s
Linux Kernel v2.6.24
Debian Linux Distribution Yes
Busybox Small Distribution Yes
Mechanical
Length 73.7mm
Width 66.0mm

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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TS-7500 Pricing

Pricing refers to the base model, optional components not included.

Quantity 1 Price $139
Quantity 10 Price $115
Quantity 50 Price $105
Quantity 100 Price $89

What's Included

Please configure your product using the table below and then add it to your cart. Any quantity discounts will be applied by our staff after the order is placed. If you have any questions, please contact us for assistance.

Product Configuration
Part # Description Price Qty. 1 Qty
TS-7500-64-4F TS-7500 250MHz ARM9 SBC w/ 64MB RAM and 4MB Flash $139
On-board Options
Part # Description Price Qty. 1 Qty
OP-ROHS-NC Requires this board to be built 100% RoHS compliant $0
OP-BBRTC2 Battery Backed Real Time Clock (separate battery) $10
Board-Specific Peripherals
Part # Description Price Qty. 1 Qty
TS-752 TS-752 Base Board Only (No Enclosure) $92
Development Kits
Part # Description Price Qty. 1 Qty
KIT-7500 The TS-7500 development kit is suggested for any new TS-7500 development and includes:
  • (TS-ENC750) Enclosure and TS-752 main board
  • (MSD-2GB-USB-7500) 2GB microSD Card with Debian Linux and USB Adapter
  • (PS-5VDC-REG-8PG) Regulated DC Power Supply
  • (CB-USB-AMBM) USB A to B Device Cable
  • (CB-DB9-Y) DB-9 Y Cable
  • (CB7-05) Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end
The TS-7500 SBC is not included in the kit (Click to order a TS-7500). More info
$200
KIT-7500-DIN The TS-7500 development kit is suggested for any new TS-7500 development and includes:
  • (TS-ENC750-DIN) DIN Mountable Enclosure and TS-752 main board
  • (MSD-2GB-USB-7500) 2GB microSD Card with Debian Linux and USB Adapter
  • (PS-5VDC-REG-8PG) Regulated DC Power Supply
  • (CB-USB-AMBM) USB A to B Device Cable
  • (CB-DB9-Y) DB-9 Y Cable
  • (CB7-05) Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end
The TS-7500 SBC is not included in the kit (Click to order a TS-7500). More info
$212
Flash Media
Part # Description Price Qty. 1 Qty
MSD-2GB-7500 TS-7500 bootable 2GB microSD card including replication mechanism, ARM tool chain, Debian Linux filesystem, documentation and further binaries/utilities $12
MSD-2GB-Blank SanDisk microSD card, Size 2GB $12
MSD-2GB-USB-7500 TS-7500 bootable 2GB microSD card with USB reader interface including replication mechanism, ARM tool chain, Debian Linux filesystem, documentation and further binaries/utilities (included in the KIT-7500) $28
Accessories and Extras
Part # Description Price Qty. 1 Qty
CN-PC104-40PIN-F 40-Pin PC/104 Female Connector (QTY Pricing Available) More info $4
CB-USB-AMBM USB Cable w/ connectors USB-A Male to USB-B Male (also used as power supply cable) (included in the KIT-7500) $8
CB7-05 Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end (included in the KIT-7500) $9
Power Supplies
Part # Description Price Qty. 1 Qty
PS-5VDC-REG-8PG International regulated 5VDC wall mounted power supply with 8 pin green connector (incompatible with TS-7500, only compatible with TS-752 baseboard) (included in the KIT-7500) $22
Enclosures
Part # Description Price Qty. 1 Qty
TS-ENC750 Aluminum Enclosure with TS-752 main board and Power-over-Ethernet for TS-7500, TS-7550, TS-7600, TS-7700 (included in the KIT-7500) $129
TS-ENC750-DIN DIN Mountable Aluminum Enclosure with TS-752 main board and Power-over-Ethernet More info $141