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Ka-Ro extends TX family with Atmel SAMA5D4 processor-based Computer-on-Module

Ka-Ro TXA5 ideal for industrial and low-power applications

Aachen, 26th May2015 - Ka-Ro electronics today announces the TXA5 Computer-on-Module, extending Ka-Ro’s TX family of CoMs to include a new ARM Cortex A5-based CoM for cost-sensitive industrial applications as well as devices requiring low-power or battery operation.

The new Ka-Ro CoM combines high performance with low power operation with an extended temperature operating range of -40°C / -25°C to 85°C. The TXA5 measures only 68 x 26 mm and offers all standard TX interfaces, including 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, two High Speed USB 2.0 ports, UARTs, I2C, SPI, I2S, LCD, SD and up to 120 general purpose I/O. 256 MB RAM and 128MB SLC NAND Flash or 4GB eMMC memory make the TXA5 a powerful newcomer to TX family and CoM market.

The Ka-Ro TXA5 has a guaranteed long-term availability of at least 10 years to protect the OEM development investment.

The Atmel SAMA5D42 Cortex A5 processor works at a clock speed of 528 MHz and has a standard 128 Kbyte L2 Cache. It features the ARMv7-A Thumb2 instruction set and the ARM TrustZone plus NEON Multimedia Architecture. The processor includes a range of integrated security features including an ‘on the fly’ encryption-decryption, tamper detection pins, secure storage of critical data, and secure boot, making it ideal for secure gateways or for IoT applications.

Atmel processors combine an optimal mix of features and functions with attractive pricing. By incorporating Atmel processors we are taking the products of a market-proven and trusted vendor on board and look forward to extending this cooperation in future,” says Michael Vyskocil, Head of Development at Ka-Ro electronics.

OEMs benefit from the compatibility and standard pinout of all Ka-Ro CoMs in the TX family. The TX Mainboard 7, the latest development kit, is used for all Ka-Ro TX modules, simplifying and streamlining design processes and enabling development of a future-proof product. The development kit includes software and hardware support and a design review. Ka-Ro provides a high-quality Linux BSP with sources ported to the TXA5 module’s specific interfaces and released to mainline Linux for easy adaptability to any Linux development environment.

The Ka-Ro TXA5 CoM and Development Kits are available now. The price for a single module is 65 euros. Quantity pricing is available on request from Ka-Ro distributors. More information is available at www.karo-electronics.com/TXA5

About Ka-Ro electronics

Ka-Ro electronics GmbH was founded in 1988 and produces the TX family of Computer on Modules with ARM® processors from Freescale, Texas Instruments and Atmel, including customized operating system support based on both Microsoft Windows® Embedded and Linux®.

Ka-Ro has expanded its original manufacturing service to become a full-service solution provider for the electronics industry. Ka-Ro offers development and engineering services for individual customer needs. Today, Ka-Ro employs the latest electronic manufacturing equipment which can be used for small, medium and large volume production.

Ka-Ro products and services are distributed through an international network of partners worldwide.


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