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Computer-on-Modules are a core competence of Ka-Ro electronics

The TX embedded module integrates all the core components of a common PC and is mounted onto an application specific carrier board. TX modules have a standardized form factor of 67,6mm x 26mm, have specified pinouts and provide the functional requirements for an embedded application. These functions include, but are not limited to, graphics, network and multiple USB ports. A single ruggedized SO-DIMM connector provides the carrier board interface to carry all the I/O signals to and from the TX module. This SO-DIMM connector is a well known and proven high speed signal interface connector that is commonly used for memory cards in notebooks.

Carrier board designers can utilize as little or as many of the I/O interfaces as deemed necessary. The carrier board can therefore provide all the interface connectors required to attach the system to the application specific peripherals. This versatility allows the designer to create a dense and optimized package, which results in a more reliable product while simplifying system integration. Most importantly, TX applications are scalable, which means once a product has been developed, the product range can be diversified by using TX modules with a different performance class. Simply unplug one module and replace it with another, no redesign is necessary.

TX Modules

  • TXSD-410E Quad Cortex-A53

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410E 1.2GHz
  • 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz WLAN / BT 4.0
  • 1GB LPDDR3 SDRAM 32-bit
  • 4GB eMMC
  • 26mm SO-DIMM
  • TX6ULL Cortex-A7

  • NXP i.MX 6ULL 792MHz
  • 512MB DDR3 SDRAM 16-bit
  • 4GB eMMC
  • 26mm SO-DIMM
  • Industrial Grade
  • TX6UL Cortex-A7

  • NXP i.MX 6UltraLite 528MHz
  • 256MB DDR3 SDRAM 16-bit
  • 128MB SLC NAND Flash or 4GB eMMC
  • 26mm SO-DIMM
  • Industrial Grade
  • TX6QP Quad Cortex-A9

  • NXP i.MX 6QuadPlus, 800MHz
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 64-bit
  • 4GB high realiable eMMC
  • 31mm SO-DIMM
  • Industrial Grade
  • TX6Q Quad Cortex-A9

  • NXP i.MX 6Quad, 1GHz
  • 1GB DDR3 SDRAM 64-bit
  • 128MB NAND Flash or 8GB eMMC
  • 31mm SO-DIMM
  • Extended Consumer Grade
  • TX6DL Dual Cortex-A9

  • NXP i.MX 6DualLite, 800MHz
  • 1GB DDR3 SDRAM 64-bit
  • 128MB NAND Flash or 4GB eMMC
  • 31mm SO-DIMM
  • Industrial Grade
  • TX6S Single Cortex-A9

  • NXP i.MX 6Solo, 800MHz
  • 512MB/256MB DDR3 SDRAM 32/16-bit
  • 128MB SLC NAND Flash or 4GB eMMC
  • 31mm SO-DIMM
  • Industrial Grade
  • TX48 Cortex-A8

  • Texas Instruments AM3354, 720MHz
  • 256MB DDR3 SDRAM 16-bit
  • 128MB NAND Flash
  • 26mm SO-DIMM
  • Industrial Grade
  • TX28 ARM9

  • NXP i.MX 28, 454MHz
  • 128/256 MB DDR2 SDRAM 16-bit
  • 128MB NAND Flash
  • 26mm SO-DIMM
  • Industrial Grade

What are Computer-on-Modules?

In today’s world, we are surrounded by tiny computers embedded in hundreds of thousands of different devices and appliances, which require extensive computing power and very diverse, PC-like functionality. This is where Computer-on-Modules play a major role.

Not much more than a decade ago, Computer-on-Modules emerged as an alternative to costly, proprietary industrial computers aiming to bring the industrial world on par with the speed of developments taking place in the PC market space. At first, this type of application was more or less solely to be found in industrial areas. Nowadays, these tiny computers dedicated to carrying out specific tasks are with us in every imaginable scenario. They can be found in our cars, our smart phones and smart TVs, in coffee and cash machines, in digital signage kiosks, in healthcare devices basically anywhere where a miniature versatile computing genius with low power requirements is required.

At Ka-Ro we have developed a complete family of CoMs to cover a multitude of different applications. Integrating CPU power from NXP, Texas Instruments and Marvell, at Ka-Ro, we have managed to establish a significant market position worldwide with our high-quality, small footprint, low power, Made in Germany CoMs. And with our extremely competitive prices and long-term availability warranty, we have defied the concept that this electronic product genre inevitably has to be sourced in Asia or Eastern Europe.

Whether a customer simply requires an off-the-shelf CoM, wants to work with our standardized development kit or needs Ka-Ro to carry out individual developments, Ka-Ro is equipped to serve all these requirements. What’s more, with our state-of-the-art EMS manufacturing, Ka-Ro can deliver a really comprehensive range of services. Thanks to its international distribution network, Ka-Ro ships to customers all over the world, who rely on German precision and reliability.

Ka-Ro CoM scalability

Often, devices are required in different performance and price classes. This is where Ka-Ro’s TX standard comes into its own. With one single hardware design embedded engineers can produce a range of pin- and software-compatible products. Ka-Ro introduced the TX CoM standard over six years ago. Until today, the Ka-Ro Starter Kit V has served as the unchanged development environment for all Ka-Ro TX modules underlining Ka-Ro’s long-term product and family strategy. All the TX modules can be used on the Starter Kit V which enables great scalability and flexibility.

Reduce to the max – the Ka-Ro product philosophy

The philosophy behind Ka-Ro’s TX CoM family is to reduce a CoM down to the absolute minimum of components. In doing so, application designers and engineers using Ka-Ro CoMs can achieve maximum flexibility. Ka-Ro TX CoM modules solely feature the processor plus memory and the power supply. Any additional functions can be added to the base board.

Longevity

This focus on CoMs with a minimum number of components is on the one hand the key to very competitive pricing, on the other hand it enables Ka-Ro to ensure long-term availability. While processor manufacturers like NXP offer a long-term availability of 10 to 15 years, this must also apply to any further components integrated onto a module or these must be available via second sourcing and without any necessary software alterations. If these components are integrated on a module, as is the case with many other manufacturers, this long-term availability is endangered, or – from right from the start – not possible to guarantee.

TXCOM Selection Guide - Processor

P/NSilicon
Vendor
SOCCore#ClockGradeL2-CacheI-Cache
D-Cache
Emb.
SRAM
NEONVector
FPU
TX6QPNXP

i.MX6

QuadPlus

Cortex-A94

800

MHz

Ind.1 MB

32 KB

32 KB

256

KB

-
TX6QNXP

i.MX6

Quad

Cortex-A94

1

GHz

Com.1 MB

32 KB

32 KB

256 KB-
TX6DLNXP

i.MX6

DualLite

Cortex-A92

800

MHz

Ind.512 KB

32 KB

32 KB

128 KB-
TX6SNXP

i.MX6

Solo

Cortex-A91

800

MHz

Ind.512 KB

32 KB

32 KB

128 KB-
TX6ULNXP

i.MX6

UltraLite

Cortex-A71

528

MHz

Ind.128 KB

32 KB

32 KB

128 KB-
TX48TIAM3354Cortex-A81

720

MHz

Ind.256 KB

32 KB

32 KB

128 KB
TX28NXPi.MX28ARM926EJ-S1

454

MHz

Ind.-

16 KB

32 KB

128 KB--

TXCOM Selection Guide - Multimedia

P/NGraphics
Acceleration
Video
Codec
Camera
Interface
LCD
Interface
Max. recommended
Resolution
TX6QP24bit2048x1536
TX6Q

24bit

2048x1536
TX6DL

24bit

LVDS

1920x1200
TX6S

24bit

LVDS

1600x1200
TX6UL--

24bit

1366x768
TX48--24bit 1600x1200
TX28---24bit 800x480

TXCOM Selection Guide - Memory

P/NRAM
Size
RAM
Type
RAM
width
ROM
Size
ROM
Type
TX6QP2 GBDDR3-106664 bit4 GBeMMC
TX6Q1 GB

DDR3-1066

64 bit128 MBSLC NAND
TX6DL1 GB

DDR3-800

64 bit128 MB
4 GB
SLC NAND
eMMC
TX6S256 MB
512 MB

DDR3-800

16 bit
32 bit
128 MB
4 GB
SLC NAND
eMMC
TX6UL256 MB

DDR3-800

16 bit128 MB
4 GB
SLC NAND
eMMC
TX48256 MBDDR3-80016 bit128 MBSLC NAND
TX2864 MB
128 MB
DDR2-40016 bit128 MBSLC NAND

TXCOM Selection Guide - Connectivity

P/NUSBEthernetUARTI2CSPISD/
MMC
Serial
Audio
CANSATAExternal
Memory Interface
TX6QP215222

16 bi / PCIe

TX6Q21522216 bit / PCIe
TX6DL215222-16 bit / PCIe
TX6S215222-16 bit / PCIe
TX6UL228212--
TX5321622216 bit
TX48216112--
TX28226122--

TXCOM Selection Guide - Operating System Support

P/NLinuxWindows
Embedded
CE 6.0 R3
Windows
Embedded
Compact 7
Windows
Embedded
Compact 2013
TX6QP---
TX6Q--
TX6DL-
TX6S-
TX6UL---
TX53--
TX48--
TX28-

TXCOM Selection Guide - Power Consumption

The table below shows some power consumption measurement results of TX Computer On Modules. Only one supply voltage is needed for the TX Computer On Modules which makes it easy to measure the overall power consumption. A dedicated setup is used with nothing connected to the module except for the power supply (VIN) and debug UART (RXD and TXD).

P/NLinux
Version
Supply
Voltage
U-Boot
[mW]
Linux
[mW]
Sleep
[mW]
TXSD-410E4.45V5501000N/A
TX6Q-80374.45V2400850180
TX6Q-10304.15V
3.3V
2125
2015
800
760
80
80
TX6U-80334.15V
3.3V
1925
1840
800
760
80
80
TX6S-80344.15V
3.3V
1425
1310
550
530
80
80

TXUL-5010

4.135V
3.3V

710

620

550

460

29

28

TXUL-5011

4.135V
3.3V

760

650

550

460

29

22

TXUL-8013

4.135V
3.3V

775

675

365

340

100

76

TX53-80303.165V
3.3V
1350
1200
750
650
N/A
TX48-70203.165V
3.3V
1150
1000

1175

1000

N/A
TX28-40313.165V
3.3V
925
900
600
590
N/A
TX28-41303.165V1200600N/A
TX25-40212.6.315V
3.3V
575
520
675
645
275
265

TXCOM Selection Guide - Dimensions

P/NTemp.
Range
WLT
TX6QP-40..105°C Tj31mm (1.2'')67.6mm (2.7")4mm (0.16")
TX6Q-20..105°C Tj31mm (1.2")

67.6mm (2.7")

4mm (0.16")
TX6DL-40..105°C Tj31mm (1.2")67.6mm (2.7")4mm (0.16")
TX6S-40..105°C Tj31mm (1.2")67.6mm (2.7")4mm (0.16")
TXUL-40..85°C26mm (1.0")67.6mm (2.7")4mm (0.16")
TX53-40..85°C31mm (1.2")

67.6mm (2.7")

4mm (0.16")
TX48-40..85°C26mm (1.0")67.6mm (2.7")4mm (0.16")
TX28-40..85°C26mm (1.0")

67.6mm (2.7")

4mm (0.16")
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