TXUL Series: For lowest-power industrial applications
NXP’s new energy-efficient processor features a single ARM Cortex-A7 core delivering speeds of up to 792 MHz with low-power operation and industrial temperature ranges. The TXUL Series integrates 256 or 512MB DDR3 RAM and 128MB NAND Falsh or 4GB eMMC. On the latest low-cost module the connectivity options have been extended to include a camera interface and 8 UARTs.
- The single ARM Cortex-A7 core can provide a more cost-effective and more power efficient solution
- Processor delivers hardware-enabled security features that enable secure e-commerce, digital rights management (DRM), information encryption, On-The-Fly DRAM encryption, secure boot and secure software downloads
- Processor supports connections to a variety of interfaces: two high-speed USB on-the-go with PHY, multiple expansion card ports (high-speed MMC/SDIO host and other), two 12-bit ADC modules with up to 10 total input channels, two CAN ports and a variety of other popular interfaces (such as UART, I2C, and I2S serial audio)
- By combining the power-efficient processing capabilities of the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture with bleedingedge 3D and 2D graphics, as well as high-definition video, the i.MX 6 provides a new level of multimedia performance to enable an unbounded next-generation user experience.
Ka-Ro Secure Boot Services
Addressing security, plagiarism and manipulation issues on embedded devices, Ka-Ro now offers two secure boot services for all TXCOMs based on NXP’s i.MX 6 and i.MX53 processors. Customers can order either dedicated secure boot-enabled TXCOMs directly from Ka-Ro which come programmed with their secure key. Alternatively Ka-Ro’s support team assists developers individually and enables them to implement this secure foundation to create trusted devices which will only boot and connect with digitally signed authentic code.
Embedded computing power is very much in demand in a growing number of multimedia-centric devices. The Ka-Ro TX6 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.
- Medical technology
- Industrial control
- Digital signage
Expanding the i.MX 6 series, the i.MX 6UltraLite is a high performance, ultraefficient processor family featuring an advanced implementation of a single ARM® Cortex®-A7 core, which operates at speeds up to 528 MHz.
For more information regarding i.MX 6UltraLite processors, see the NXP product page:
- 10/100Mbps Ethernet ports x2
- High Speed USB 2.0 ports x2
- LCD 24 bit TTL
- Pixel-processing pipeline (PXP) to support 2D image processing
- Parallel CMOS Sensor
- UART x3 (up to 8x)
- I2S serial audio
- Advanced security: Crypto Engine (AES/TDES/SHA), Secure Boot
- 3.3V I/O
- SPI (Master/Slave)
- CAN x2 (FlexCAN)
- 12-bit ADC
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.
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.