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TRITON, Direct InisghtTRITON -TX27 Versatile ARM9 module

Production-quality system-on-module based on 400MHz ARM9 Freescale i.MX27

iMX27 SBC module boardTRITON-TX27 is a very low power SBC module, supporting both Windows CE 6.0 and Linux 2.6, implemented on a board with form-factor smaller than a credit card (68mm x 26mm), and ready to be incorporated into your low or medium volume product manufacture or prototype. TRITON-TX27 modules are based on an ARM9 Freescale i.MX27 processor using ultra low-power SDRAM and Flash memory. For development purposes, a StarterKit-5 development system is required, which provides a production quality Windows CE 6.0 or Linux 2.6 BSP, installed and running out of the box.

Freescale's i.MX27 is based on a 400MHz ARM9 core, and includes a comprehensive set of peripherals and interfaces. A multi-standard video codec allows the TRITON-TX27 to be used in a wide range of image and video capture and display applications without loading the ARM core with the task of encoding and decoding MPEG-4/H263 or H264 video at resolutions up to D1.

Reducing your time to market
For development purposes, the TRITON-TX27 module plugs into a StarterKit-5 baseboard, and powers up running Windows CE 6.0 or Linux 2.6. The StarterKit allows you to begin application development immediately on a platform which is actually a superset of your final production hardware and software. A simple custom baseboard derived from the StarterKit design is then created to suit your application. The production quality Board Support Package (BSP) which is supplied as part of the package is rebuilt accordingly, the module is plugged in, and the production platform is complete. The custom baseboard can be designed by you, or by our services group, but by keeping the high-speed multilayer electronics on the module, this task is made relatively inexpensive and quick.

Longevity and Pin-Compatibility
Guaranteed lifetime is a key reason to choose TRITON family products, some of which have already been shipping for over 10 years. For our i.MX based products longevity guarantees are underwritten my Freescale, who offer 10 to 15 year minimum lifetimes for the i.MX ARM-based range. We expect to shadow the Freescale lifetimes and additionally offer our customers a contractual 7-year longevity guarantee for TRITON-TX-modules. Further security is provided by the pin-compatible nature of the range, which means that suitable baseboard designs can take all the modules from this family, including those based on i.MX25, i.MX27, i.MX28, i.MX51 and i.MX53, and allows older modules to be replaced by the latest designs, with new features, better price-performance, and renewed longevity.

The widest range of Interfaces
The TRITON-TX27 module provides an extensive range of interfaces - most of which are based on the i.MX27's built in hardware. As well as RS-232, Ethernet, SPI, SSP, I2C, I2S, AC'97, USB 2.0 OTG and Host, LCD, and SD Card are provided. On top of these interfaces, we offer support for popular communication interfaces such as 802.11b/g wireless, and Bluetooth.

The table below shows the resources available from the complete development system, and whether those resources are provided in hardware by the microcontroller, or by additional circuitry on the module or development baseboard:

Freescale i.MX27
Processor Clock Max (MHz)
64 /128
NAND Flash (MB)
D1/VGA video encode/decode
Floating Point
UART (RS232)
up to 6 UARTs, 2x RS232 on baseboard
Ethernet 10/100 BaseT
PHY on module
I2C Interface
LCD Controller
Supplied LCD
optional touch screen
SSP (synchronous serial incl. AC97, I2S)
IrDA (InfraRed)
SD card/SDIO (4-bit)
1-Wire Interface
USB Host
PHY on module
USB Client
PHY on module
PWM Controller
on baseboard
Touch Screen Interface
on baseboard
Camera interface
8-bit (driver not supplied)
DS1339 on module
3.0 - 5.5v
or via USB
Temperature Range
-20 to +85C
68 x 26mm
Windows CE 6.0

StarterKit-5 Development System
The StarterKit-5 provides a complete development environment based on TRITON-TX27, running Linux 2.6 or Windows Embedded CE 6.0 out-of-the-box. The whole system is USB-powered, so requires no external PSU (except when used with optional touch-screen).

The development system consists of a baseboard which provides connectors for all the module interfaces, and includes additional peripherals such as an SGTL5000 audio codec, TSC2007 touchscreen controller and video DAC. A range of resistive and capacitive touch screens are available for optional supply with StarterKit-5.

For production purposes, you will require a custom baseboard, and we are happy to offer baseboard design and manufacture as a service.

You can download a TRITON-TX27 datasheet. Development system pricing information is available from our online shop.

Further Information and Pricing
Contact our experienced team with your detailed questions - we'll be happy to help. For pricing, please use the Price Request form below.

Ordering Information
Simply order the StarterKit-5 for TRITON-TX27 development system via our online shop, and it should be with you in a couple of days. We look forward to providing you with knowledgeable, professional support to create your product. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us by calling Direct Insight on +44 1295 768800 9am to 5.30pm UK time, emailing info at, or by using the "Ask a Question" form below.

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