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TRITON, Direct InisghtTRITON - TX28, the high-performance ARM9 module with i.MX28


Production-quality system-on-module (SOM) based on 454MHz Freescale i.MX28

TRITON-TX28 is a low-cost high performance ARM9-based module based on Freescale's iMX28 microcontroller, 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. As well as a high performance 454MHz i.MX28 processor, the TRITON-TX28 modules features 128MB of high bandwidth DDR2-400 RAM, and 128MB NAND Flash, and comes complete with a StarterKit development baseboard, and production quality implementations of Windows CE 6.0, Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Linux 3.x.

 

The TRITON TX advantage:

TRITON-TX28 includes a comprehensive set of peripherals and interfaces. These include USB 2.0 Host and OTG, two 10/100 Ethernet ports which are IEEE1588 capable, SD Card, UARTs, LCD controller, keypad controller, I2C, I2S, AC'97, SPI, CAN and GPIO. In addition there are 8 analog inputs (5 are used for touch).

The industrial temperature grade TRITON-TX28 also provides the base for our lowest-priced module, the TRITON-TX28S, which is a commercial temperature grade version of the module, with 64MB RAM, single Ethernet controller, and other specification differences.

TX28, the high-performance ARM9 moduleMainline Linux, Comprehensive Windows CE 6.0
Linux support for TRITON-TX28 is provided by a mainline ARM-Linux BSP, which means that support is maintained at the latest embedded Linux version, which allows users to leverage support and application compatibility from the open-source community.

TRITON-TX28 also features a particularly comprehensive Windows CE 6.0 BSP which includes support for power-saving measures such as suspend/resume, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS), as well as the i.MX28's dual Ethernet capability.

Reducing your time to market
For development purposes, the TRITON TX28 module plugs into a StarterKit-5 baseboard, and powers up running Windows CE 6.0 or Linux 3.x. 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. Most of the TRITON-TX modules, including TRITON-TX6, feature a guaranteed 10-year lifetime. Furthermore, suitable baseboard designs such as the production-ready TRITON-TXFB can take all the modules from this family, including those based on i.MX25, i., i.MX28, AM3354, i.MX53, and i.MX6. Pin-compatibility means that older modules can be replaced by the latest designs, with new features, better price-performance, and renewed longevity.

The widest range of Interfaces
Thanks to the broad connectivity of the i.MX28 microcontroller, the TRITON TX28 module provides an extensive range of interfaces . As well as RS-232, Ethernet, SPI, SSP, I2C, I2S, AC'97, USB 2.0 OTG and Host, and SD Card are provided. TX28 also provides a dual CAN interface. The LCD controller supports resolutions up to 800 x 480.

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:

Resource
TRITON-TX28
Detail
Microcontroller
Freescale i.MX28

i.MX287 (i.MX283 version available)

CPU
ARM926EJ-S
ARM926EJ-S
Processor Clock Max (MHz)
454
SDRAM (MB)
128 / 256
DDR2-400
NAND Flash (MB)
128
UART (RS232)
3
up to 5 UARTs. 3.25Mb/s, 2x RS232 on baseboard
Ethernet 10/100 BaseT
2
2x MACs on micro, 1x PHY on module, IEEE1588 compliant
I2C Interface
1
LCD Controller
800x480
24bpp
Supplied LCD
640x480*
optional touch screen
SSP (synchronous serial incl. I2S)
2
SD card/SDIO (4-bit)
1
4-Wire
USB Host
2.0
PHY on micro
USB Client
USB OTG
2.0
PHY on micro
SPI
1
PWM Controller
1
Keypad
4x4
decoder on module
JTAG
1
Audio
2
DAC on baseboard
Touch Screen Interface
1
Uses 5 of 8 ADC channels on i.MX28
CAN
2
RTC
1
DS1339 on module
Supply
3.1 - 5.5v
or via USB
Temperature Range
-40 to +85C
Dimensions
68 x 26mm
Connectors
SODIMM200
Longevity (years)
10
Guaranteed availability to 2024
Windows CE 6.0
y
Windows Compact 7
y
Linux
y
3.x mainline

StarterKit-5 Development System
The StarterKit-5 provides a complete development environment based on TRITON-TX28, running Linux 3.x, Windows Embedded CE 6.0 or Windows Embedded Compact 7 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.

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-TX28 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 directinsight.co.uk, or by using the "Ask a Question" form below.

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