Sampling now, Technologic Systems’ TS-7180 single-board computer (SBC) is said to be suitable for any industrial application, particularly industrial control automation and remote monitoring management applications such as unmanned control room, industrial automation, automatic asset management, and asset tracking. The SBC features the NXP i.MX 6 UltraLite, a high performance, ultra efficient processor featuring Freescale’s implementation of a single ARM Cortex-A7 core. The processor offers scalable performance and multimedia support, along with low power consumption.
The TS-7180 comes standard with 512 MB of RAM, with configurations in the family that go up to 1 GB of RAM. For on board data storage there is 4-GB eMMC MLC flash that is configurable as 2-GB pSLC mode for additional system integrity. A microSD socket is available for additional storage, or removable media requirements.
For added system integrity, the board comes standard with Cypress 16-kb of FRAM (FM25L16B). Unlike serial EEPROMs, the FM25L16B performs write operations at bus speed, meaning no write delays are incurred.
Other SBC features include TS-SILO, which will provide up to 30 seconds of reserve power in the event of a power failure. This precious extra time gives the board time to gracefully power down and ensures file system integrity in the onboard, seven digital I/O ports that can sink up to 500 mA, or withstand up to 30V at the input, four ADC channels, pulse width modulation (PWM), and three independent 16-bit wide quadrature counters, via the FPGA, and are accessed through I2C. The quadrature and edge-counter inputs provide access to a tachometer.
The TS-7180 has a host of standard industrial interfaces to ensure it will fit into any industrial application. Almost all available interfaces are brought out through 40 industrial grade screw terminals, including four removable terminal blocks for UARTs, CAN, ADC, and other general purpose I/O.