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TRITON-TX51 68mm x 26mm SODIMMProduction Quality System on Module with i.MX51 ARM Cortex-A8

TRITON-TX51 is a 68mm x 26mm SODIMM format system-on-module with Freescale's powerful i.MX515 multimedia processor featuring 800MHz ARM Cortex-A8 core with Neon VFP unit, graphics system with OpenGL ES 2.0, on-chip Ethernet, and dedicated video codecs, as well as a wide range of connectivity. TRITON-TX51 has Windows CE 6.0 and Linux 3.0 Board Support Packages which ship with the StarterKit-5 development system. A Windows Embedded Compact 7 Board Support Package is also available.

Alongside the i.MX51, the TRITON-TX51 features 128MB of high performance low-power mobile DDR and 128MB NAND Flash, as well as power management, real-time clock and Ethernet and USB PHY provision. The module takes a single 3.0 to 5.5v supply and provides up to 1A output current 1.8V and 3.3V power outputs for use on the baseboard.

The TRITON-TX51 is suited to a wide range of demanding tasks, including video and DSP processing - thanks to the Neon Vector Floating Point unit and dedicated video codecs providing D1 encode and 720p decode for MPEG-4/H264. Graphics applications are accelerated by the dedicated GPU, which offers OpenGL ES 2.0 support which enables specialist UI environments such as Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash Lite to be used with excellent results. Security, medical and industrial projects will find many uses for these capabilities.

Reducing your time to market
For development purposes, the TRITON TX51 module plugs into a StarterKit-5 baseboard, and powers up running Windows CE 6.0 or Linux 3.0. 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), for either Linux or Windows CE which 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.

The widest range of Interfaces
The TRITON TX51 module provides an extensive range of interfaces - most of which are based on the iMX51's built in hardware. As well as UARTs, Ethernet, SPI, SSP, I2C, I2S, AC'97, USB 2.0 OTG and Host, 24-bit LCD, TV out, and SD Card are provided.

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 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.MX51
ARM Cortex-A8
includes Neon SIMD VFP
Processor Clock Max (MHz)
NAND Flash (MB)
video, graphics
720p decode, D1 encode, Open GL ES 2.0
Floating Point
ARM Cortex-A8 Neon VFP
UART (RS232)
1x D-SUB 9 and 1x 10-pin header on baseboard
Ethernet 10/100 BaseT
PHY on module
I2C Interface
LCD Controller
24 bpp
Supplied LCD
optional 640 x 480 5.7" touch-screen
SSP (synchronous serial incl. AC97, I2S)
on headers
IrDA (InfraRed)
SD card/SDIO (4-bit)
2 SD Card receptacles on baseboard
1-Wire Interface
USB Host
"A" type socket
USB Client
"Micro AB" type socket
PWM Controller
20-pin header on baseboard
codec on baseboard
Touch Screen Interface
implemented on baseboard
via headers
Temperature Range

-20 to +70C /
-40 to +85C

extended temp. version max 600MHz. 256MB version is 0C to +70C
68 x 26mm
7 years guaranteed
Expected EOL 2019
Windows CE 6.0
2.6.31 and 3.0 BSPs available
Windows Embedded Compact 7

StarterKit-5 Development System

The StarterKit-5 provides a complete development environment based on TRITON-TX51, running Windows Embedded CE 6.0 or Linux 3.0 out-of-the-box. The whole system can be powered via the USB on-the-go port, or optionally via an external 5v supply (not provided). Power may also be provided via a Li-Ion/Polymer 3.0 - 4.2v battery.

The development system consists of a baseboard which provides connectors for all the module interfaces, and includes additional peripherals such as a UCB1400 audio codec & 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-TX51 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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