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Smallest Freescale i.MX27 processor DIMM module debuts

Posted: 27 Nov 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:System on Module; NAND Flash memory; SODIMM connector 


Strategic Test has announced what it claims as the world's smallest Freescale i.MX27 processor-based System on Module (SOM). The TX27, measures just 67.6-by-26-by-4.2mm and contains an 400MHz i.MX27 processor coupled with 64MB mobile DDR-SDRAM (expandable to 128MByte), 128MB NAND Flash memory, a wide operating temperature range of -20°C to +85°C and a 200 pin SODIMM connector.

First shipments are slated to start in January 2008. Simultaneously, Strategic Test will start deliveries of the Development Kit-5 that is based on the TX27 module and will be supplied with both Linux 2.6 and Microsoft Windows CE 6.0.

The i.MX 27 is derived from the popular i.MX21 processor and based on the ARM926EJ-S core. The i.MX27 adds a H.264 hardware codec for D1 high resolution video processing, an Ethernet 10/100 MAC, security, plug-and-play connectivity, and more power management features.

Other notable features in TX27 includes USB 2.0 host and device and LCD controller supporting resolutions to 1024 x 1024 pixels with camera interface. It also features three 4-wire UART's ,two SSI/AC97/I2S,16-bit compact flash and memory interface,two 4-wire SDIO. It offers keypad 5x5 support, CSPI and universal 1.8V interfaces.

The TX27 module accepts an input voltage from various sources including 1-cell Li-Ion/Polymer (3.0V to 4.2V), 5.0V USB supply or AC wall adapter and 3.3V.

Up to 1A of output current on either the 1.8V or 3.3V power supply outputs of the TX27 module can be used to power the carrier board. This means that in many applications the customer designed product can be powered from the above without needing to add a power supply to their carrier board design.

One other significant advantage for many customers is that they are able to obtain the i.MX27 design documentation from Freescale without needing to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, as is the case with the Marvell PXA320 processor.

Prices for the TX27 and Development Kit-5 will be announced in December.

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