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Ultra Low Power TS-4100 i.MX 6UL SoM/SBC Enters Engineering Sampling

Published as a News Article on Feb 14, 2018 (Updated Feb 11, 2022)

TS-4100 System on Module powered by NXP i.MX6 UL Processor

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Fountain Hills, AZ Feb 15, 2018 – Technologic Systems announced their latest System-on-Module, the TS-4100, has entered in to their engineering sampling program (see below for details). The TS-4100 is the first Technologic Systems System-on-Module to feature the NXP i.MX 6 UltraLite processor, featuring a single Arm® Cortex®-A9 core, operating at speeds up to 695MHz. The NXP i.MX 6UL processors offer scalable performance and multimedia support, along with low power consumption. Technologic Systems allows you to take full advantage of the integrated power management module to optimize power sequencing throughout the board design to achieve 300 mW typical power usage, making this SoM perfect for embedded applications with strict power requirements. The TS-4100 is perfect for industrial embedded applications for medical, automotive, industrial automation, smart energy and many more applications.

Specifications for the TS-4100 System on Module include:

  • Processor – NXP i.MX 6UL (Arm® Cortex®-A9 core @ 695MHz)
  • Memory – 4GB MLC eMMC which can be configured to a more robust 2GB SLC eMMC
  • RAM – Up to 1GB
  • Storage – MicroSD slot supporting Ultra High Speed bus interface
  • Wireless – 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth BLE
  • Networking – 2x 10/100 Ethernet ports available on SoM interface
  • HMI I/O available on SoM interface:
    • Parallel LCD
    • I2S Audio
  • Other I/O available on SoM interface:
    • 2x USB OTG Ports
    • SPI Bus
    • I2C Bus
    • RS232 for Linux console
    • 2x RS232 Accelerometer/Gyroscope
  • Expansion:
    • 16x Header Pins (5X DIO, 1x SPI, 1X I2C)
    • 46x Digital I/O
    • 8x PWM Channel
    • FPGA includes integrated ZPU, a 32-bit CPU architecture for offloading real-time tasks
    • CPU can access ZPU memory allowing for reprogramming of the firmware on the fly as well as bi-directional communication.
  • Other features – Watchdog timer
  • 5V input Power – via USB or via Baseboard
  • Typical Power Consumption 0.30 W
  • Fanless Temperature Range -40 C to 85 C
  • Dimensions – 75mm x 55mm
  • Operating systems – Linux and Debian (Jessie)

SoM or SBC

The TS-4100 is Technologic Systems' first SoM module that can also be a standalone micro Single Board Computer. When powered from the on-board micro USB connector, the TS-4100 does not require a baseboard to operate. The system could be a processing node on a WiFi or Bluetooth network, or with the optional daughter card expansion connector it could interact with other devices directly.


The TS-4100 FPGA includes a ZPU core implementation. The ZPU allows for offloading CPU tasks as well as harder real-time on I/O interactions. The ZPU is an open-source, 32-bit, stack-based CPU architecture that offers a full GCC tool suite. Inside of the TS-4100 FPGA it is given 8 kbytes of BlockRAM and has full access to all FPGA I/O. Additionally, the CPU has shared access to the ZPU BlockRAM. This allows for a larger bi-directional communication channel between the ZPU and main CPU TS-4100, and can be used to reprogram the ZPU on the fly for dynamic applications.

Development Baseboard

The TS-4100 can be paired with the TS-8551 development baseboard for development. The TS-8551 brings out all of the TS-4100 connectivity options for engineers to use in developing their custom applications. Additionally the TS-8551 includes the example circuit for the TS-SILO technology, an optional feature which will provide up to 30 seconds of reserve power in the event of a power failure.

The TS-8551 features:

  • 2x RJ45 connectors for Ethernet
  • TS-SILO Super Capacitors
  • 1x RS-485 on DB9 Connector
  • 1x RS-232 on DB9 Connector
  • 1x CAN on DB9 Connector
  • 1x USB 2.0 Host Connector
  • 1x micro USB OTG Connector
  • Push buttons for reset and user programmable functions
  • Diagnostic LEDs
  • Battery backed Real Time Clock
  • Toggle switches for Power and USB Boot
  • 2KB FRAM

The TS-8551 can also be used as a reference design board for engineers creating an application specific custom design. Technologic Systems offers free schematic reviews for TS-4100 baseboard designs.

Further information

The TS-4100 starts at $157 in single units, with volume discounts reaching $119. The TS-8551-4100 Evaluation Kit is also available now and includes the TS-8551 development board along with all of the accessories needed to start development. More information may be found on Technologic Systems TS-4100 product page.

About Engineering Sample Program

The Technologic Systems Engineering Sampling program enables our customers to have early access to our latest innovations, accelerates their time to market, and provides a channel for our customers to request technical needs directly to our engineering team. Contact the sales team to request to join the program, or send in your order and the sales team will reach out to you and walk you thru the program requirements. The program typically lasts for 6 to 12 months before the product enters in to production. The product may require board spins or other engineering changes during sampling program before becoming a production unit, but Technologic Systems will contact you directly about these continuous development and software release activities and will help you thru any transitions.

About Technologic Systems Inc.

Technologic Systems has been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Our commitment to excellent products, low prices, and exceptional customer support has allowed our business to flourish in a very competitive marketplace. We offer a wide variety of single board computers, system-on-modules, touch panel PCs, PC/104 and other peripherals, and industrial controllers that satisfy most embedded project requirements. We also offer custom configurations and design services. We specialize in the Arm-based and X86 architectures, FPGA customization, and open-source software support, providing advanced custom solutions using hardware-software co-design strategies.

Technologic Systems, Inc.
16525 East Laser Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Tel: (480) 837-5200
Fax: (480) 837-5300
Email: support@embeddedTS.com
Website: www.embeddedTS.com