TQ Embedded (aka TQ) has just announced the availability of the TQMa117xL system-on-chip module based on NXP i.MX RT1170 crossover processor family, and as well as MBa117xL single board computer (SBC) based on the 31×31 mm module.
TQMa117xL’s small size has been achieved thanks to a 277-pad LGA design, with the module still integrating LP-SDRAM, Quad-SPI NOR flash and EPROM, a PMIC, as well as an optional security chip.
- Crossover processor (one or the other)
- NXP i.MX RT1171 with Cortex-M7 @ up to 1 GHz (Consumer) or 800 MHz (industrial), 1 GbE (AVB)
- NXP i.MX RT1172 with Cortex-M7 @ 800 MHz/ 1 GHz, graphics accelerators and camera/display interfaces, 1GbE (AVB)
- NXP i.MX RT1173 with Cortex-M7 @ 800 MHz (industrial only), Cortex-M4 @ 400 MHz, 1GbE (AVB), graphics accelerators and camera/display interfaces, tamper inteface
- NXP i.MX RT1175 with Cortex-M7 @ 800 MHz / 1 GHz, Cortex-M4 @ 400 MHz, 1GbE (AVB)
- NXP i.MX RT1176 with Cortex-M7 @ 800 MHz / 1 GHz, Cortex-M4 @ 400 MHz, graphics accelerators and camera/display interfaces, 2 GbE interfaces (one TSN, one AVB)
- System Memory – Up to 64MB LP-SDRAM
- Storage – Up to 256MB Quad SPI NOR flash, optional up to 64 Kbit EEPROM
- 277-pin LGA (Lang Grid Array) with
- Storage – Up to 2x SDIO / eMMC 5.0
- Display I/F – 1x MIPI DSI (2 Lanes), Parallel LCD up to WXGA (1280×800) @ 60 fp
- Camera I/F – 1x MIPI CSI (2 Lanes)
- Audio – Up to 4x SAI, up to 8-ch DMIC, up to 1x SPDIF
- Networking – Up to 2x Gbit-Ethernet (1x TSN/1x AVB)
- USB – Up to 2x USB 2.0
- Serial – Up to 3x CAN FD; up to 12x UART
- Low-speed I/Os – Up to 6x I2C, up to 6x SPI, up to 2x QSPI, up to 2x FlexIO
- Security – Optional NXP EdgeLock SE050 secure element
- Misc – RTC, temperature sensor
- Supply Voltage – 5 V
- Power Consumption – 1W typ.
- Dimensions – 31 x 31 mm
- Temperature Range – Standard: -25°C…+85°C; extended: -40°C…+85°C
The company provides support for FreeRTOS, and other operating systems can be made available/worked on upon request. TQ says the module is an ideal platform for applications such as small gateways, room control systems, decentralized intelligence in automation, time recording systems, or voice-controlled elevator control systems.
The board above looks more like an application board than your typical Cortex-M MCU development kit, but that’s warranted with all the features and interfaces provided by the Cortex-M7/M4 crossover processor.
MBa117xL Key features:
- Compatible with TQMa117xL i.MX RT1170 SoM
- Storage – MicroSD card slot
- Display I/F – MIPI DSI or LVDS via DSI to LVDS bridge
- Camera I/F – 1x MIPI CSI
- 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports, including one with optional PoE support
- Wifi module connected to SDHC2
- Cellular option (NB-IoT to 4G LTE) with SIM card slot
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
- Serial – RS485, UART, 2x isolated CAN Bus
- Expansion – GPIOs with 24V in/out, up to 8x ADC via SPI analog front-end
- Debugging – JTAG, Freelink interface, micro USB UART console
- Power Supply – 16 to 30V DC input
- Dimensions – 160 x 100 mm
MBa117xL carrier board is used as part of a starter kit with TQMa1176L-AA module, but TQ Embedded explains it can also be used as an already qualified industrial board, notably for smart HMI solutions in building automation, control systems, and real-time acquisition of sensor data in automation.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.