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Ka-Ro TX53

Ka-Ro TX53: Industrial Cortex-A8

One of the smallest CoM in the world, the Ka-Ro TX53 is based on NXP’s i.MX53 processor. Mounted on the base board, the module only takes up just under 26 cm² (36 mm x 71 mm including the socket) and facilitates a maximum construction height of just 4.5 mm.

Ka-Ro TX53: Target markets

Embedded computing power is very much in demand in a growing number of multimedia-centric devices. The Ka-Ro TX53 is ideally suited for target markets requiring high-end devices for powerful images and impressive video streaming creating connected devices in the following vertical markets.

  • Automation
  • Medical technology
  • Industrial control
  • Digital signage
  • Transportation

Processor features

The i.MX53 family of processors represents NXP's next generation of advanced multimedia and power-efficient implementation of the ARM Cortex™-A8 core. With core processing speeds up to 1.2 GHz, the i.MX535 is optimized for both performance and power to meet the demands of high-end, advanced applications requiring mobility and a long battery life. 1080p HD video decode and 720p video encode, two dedicated graphics cores, multiple display and connectivity options, and high level of integration make the i.MX535 a choice platform for smart mobile devices.

For more information regarding i.MX53 processors, see the NXP product page:

NXP i.MX535

i.MX535 Block Diagram

Module Connectivity

  • 10/100Mbps Ethernet
  • USB 2.0 ports x2
  • LCD 24 bit TTL
  • Parallel CMOS Sensor x2
  • UART x3
  • I2S serial audio x2
  • External Memory Interface
  • SATA (LVDS version only)
  • SDIO x2
  • I2C
  • SPI
  • PWM
  • Keypad
  • CAN x2
  • 3.3V I/O

Variants

P/N:TX53-8030TX53-8130TX53-1331
Processori.MX537i.MX535
Max. Clock800 MHz1.2 GHz
SDRAM512 MB1 GB
Flash

128MB SLC NAND

Display-IF24 Bit TTLDual LVDS
SATA-Yes
Size31mm
GradeIndustrialConsumer
Temp.:-40°C..85°C-20°C..70°C

Ordering Information

Part numberPart name

TX53-8030

TX53/800/512S/128F/I
TX53-8130TX53/800/512S/128F/LVDS/I
TX53-1331TX53/1200/1024S/128F/LVDS

Ka-Ro CoM scalability

Often, devices are required in different performance and price classes. This is where Ka-Ro’s TX standard comes into its own. With one single hardware design embedded engineers can produce a range of pin- and software-compatible products. Ka-Ro introduced the TX CoM standard over six years ago. Until today, the Ka-Ro Starter Kit V has served as the unchanged development environment for all Ka-Ro TX modules underlining Ka-Ro’s long-term product and family strategy. All the TX modules can be used on the Starter Kit V which enables great scalability and flexibility.

Reduce to the max – the Ka-Ro product philosophy

The philosophy behind Ka-Ro’s TX CoM family is to reduce a CoM down to the absolute minimum of components. In doing so, application designers and engineers using Ka-Ro CoMs can achieve maximum flexibility. Ka-Ro TX CoM modules solely feature the processor plus memory and the power supply. Any additional functions can be added to the base board.

Longevity

This focus on CoMs with a minimum number of components is on the one hand the key to very competitive pricing, on the other hand it enables Ka-Ro to ensure long-term availability. While processor manufacturers like NXP offer a long-term availability of 10 to 15 years, this must also apply to any further components integrated onto a module or these must be available via second sourcing and without any necessary software alterations. If these components are integrated on a module, as is the case with many other manufacturers, this long-term availability is endangered, or – from right from the start – not possible to guarantee.

TX53 Configuration
Processor

NXP

i.MX535

i.MX537

Cores1
Clock

1200 MHz

800 MHz

RAM

    1 GiB

512 MiB

Flash

128 MiB

Grade

Consumer

Industrial

Temperature

-20 °C to 70 °C

-40 °C to 85 °C

Dimensions

(LxWxD)

68 mm (2.7")

31 mm (1.2")

4 mm (0.2")

Datasheet

 

 

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