Texas Instruments AM6254 powered industrial SBC features dual GbE, CAN Bus, RS485, optional 4G/5G cellular networking

Texas Instruments Sitara AM623 and AM625 Arm Cortex-A53 AIoT processors were just introduced last month, but Forlinx has already introduced the OK6254-C SBC powered by the Sitara AM6254 quad-core processor with up to 2GB DDR4, and an 8GB eMMC flash.

The board features two Gigabit Ethernet ports, CAN FD and RS485 interfaces, plus plenty of I/O headers, support for up to three displays via LVDS and parallel RGB interfaces, as well as optional support for 4G/5G cellular connectivity that makes it suitable for all sorts of industrial applications.

 

Forlinx OK6254-C specifications:

  • FET625x-C SoM
    • SoC – Texas Instruments AM6254 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.4GHz with Cortex-M4F real-time core @ 400 MHz, Imagination AXE1-16M GPU @ 500MHz with OpenGL 3.x/2.0/1.1 + Extensions, and Vulkan 1.2 support; Single (AM6251) and dual-core (AM6252) modules are also available
    • System Memory – 1GB (default) or 2GB DDR4-1600
    • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash
    • 4x 80-pin board-to-board connectors used as carrier board interfaces
    • Supply Voltage – 5V DC
    • Dimensions – 60 x 38mm
    • Temperature Range – -40°C to 85°C
  • Carrier board
    • Storage – MicroSD card slot, 128Mbit QSPI flash, 2Kbit EEPROM
    • Display I/F
      • 16-bit RGB parallel interface tested with Forlinx 7-inch LCD module with either resistive or capacitive touch, and a resolution of 1024×600 @ 60fps
      • 2x dual-channel LVDS up to 1920×1200 resolution @ 60 Hz; Tested with 10.1-inch LVDS module with a resolution of 1280×800 @ 60fps
      • Up two three displays supported
    • Camera I/F – Camera serial interface tested with OV5645 module up to 2592×1944 resolution
    • Audio – 1x 3.5mm headphone & microphone jack
    • Networking
      • 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
      • On-board AW-CM358M module with dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac/ax WiFi 5 up to 433.3 Mbps and Bluetooth 5.0 up to 3 Mbps
      • Optional 4G/5G cellular modem (Quectel EM05 or RM500Q recommended) + on-carrier micro SIM slot
    • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 2.0 OTG port
    • Serial – RS485 and 2x CAN-FD Bus (up to 5 Mbps) interfaces via terminal blocks
    • Expansion
      • Multiple headers with 1x SPI, 2x I2C, 16x ADC input (GPMC)
      • M.2 Key B socket for 4G or 5G modem
    • Debugging – 3x debug UART via USB-C ports or header; 20-pin JTAG header
    • Misc – Power switch, 4x input keys and LEDs for A53 cores, 1x input key and 4x LEDs for M4F core, RTC
    • Power Supply – 12V DC
    • Dimensions – 190x130mm
    • Temperature Range – -40°C to 85°C

Forlinx provides a Linux 5.10.87 with Qt 5.14.2 for the board. The company demonstrated the board driving three displays at Embedded World 2022 as you can see from the video below.

The AM6254 SBC and corresponding module are said to be well suited to Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), industrial computers, edge computing, retail automation, Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS/OMS), Telematics Control Unit (TCU),  V2X/V2V applications, automotive instrument clusters, medical equipment, smart factories, and so on.

The company did not provide availability and pricing information. More details may be found on the product page.

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4 Replies to “Texas Instruments AM6254 powered industrial SBC features dual GbE, CAN Bus, RS485, optional 4G/5G cellular networking”

  1. I keep waiting for a SBC that, for IO, can compete with the Red Pitaya. While that has 2x ADC and 2x DAC (sampling at 120MHz) I’d settle for just ONE of each, to allow some high speed DSP functions.

    As it stands, ADC speeds etc. are limited by the GPMC header.

    1. The AM62x, like most TI Sitara processors, have an independent subsystem (the PRUs) designed to interface with things like high speed ADCs. IIRC someone did it even on a Beaglebone.

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