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Very Low Power Atmel based System-on-Module

Lifecycle: Fully Developed | Released: June 2010

System on Module based on the Arm9™ based Atmel AT91SAM9G20 running at 400MHz with 256MB XNAND on-board flash drive

  • Custom Fit to Your Application via Customizable Off-Load Engine
  • Risk Reducing, Time to Market Minimizing, Modular Design
  • Rugged, Industrial Environment Ready with Fanless -40°C to +85°C Range
  • Perfectly Suited for Low Power Applications
$178 (Qty. 100) $243 (Qty. 1)
No minimum order quantity on standard products.

The TS-4200 is a low profile, credit card sized TS-SOCKET Macrocontroller module which features a 400MHz Arm9™-based Atmel SOC and a 3K tile low power Actel A3P125 FPGA. With 64MB or 128MB RAM and a bootable 256MB on-board flash drive with our new XNAND technology, the TS-4200 is a powerful and extremely reliable embedded solution. External devices can connect to the TS-4200 via Ethernet, USB host, USB device, I2C, SPI, UARTs, or GPIO. Additionally, an external 16-bit address/data bus can be implemented through the use of 21 DIO pins. The two 100 pin downward-facing general-purpose headers make it easy to interface the TS-4200 with a standard TS-SOCKET baseboard or a baseboard of your own design.

The TS-4200 can run at a full 400MHz while consuming under half a Watt. The following features help meet this goal:

  • Efficient switching regulators
  • Low power Atmel CPU containing individual peripheral clocks that can be disabled when not required
  • Low power Actel FPGA clocked by the CPU only when needed
  • Low power 1.8V mobile RAM
  • Ethernet and SD card that can be disabled to save power

  • Hardware features include:

    • Ethernet MAC and PHY
    • 2 USB host (12 Mbps) and 1 USB device (12Mbps)
    • Up to 6 UARTs (1 Auto-485 capable)
    • MicroSD card connector (or external full size SD)
    • 256MB XNAND storage
    • SPI
    • I2C
    • I2S
    • 4 ADC inputs
    • RTC*
    • 8KB NV SRAM*
    • Up to 78 DIO/GPIO**
    • Temperature Sensor***
    • Watchdog timer
    • Random number generator

    TS-SOCKET Description

    TS-SOCKET is an embedded computer standard designed and controlled by embeddedTS. It defines both a form factor and a connection pin-out and is based on two 100-pin low-profile connectors, allowing secure connection between a TS macrocontroller (CPU board) and a baseboard. Please refer to the TS-SOCKET Standard and Embedded Macrocontrollers resource for more information.

    TS-4200 Power Consumption

    Under normal operation with TS-8200 baseboard and RS-232 driver, the TS-4200 consumes about 375mW (75mA @ 5V) of power.

    XNAND Technology

    embeddedTS XNAND technology is an ultra reliable and industrial grade user-space device driver that uses Reed-Solomon codes, extra checksums, and a RAID-based technique to allow any Linux filesystem to be used with confidence on SLC NAND flash. Our TS-BOOTROM can also boot from XNAND for an ultra-reliable bootup. Please refer to the XNAND whitepaper for more information.

    *External coin cell battery required.

    ** Depends on features used (I2C, I2S, SPI, UARTs, etc). If all features are used, 39 GPIO are still available. Note: DIO pins marked with PC4-10 and PC13-14 on schematic are 1.8V logic level whereas all others are 3.3V logic level.

    ***1/16 of degree Celsius resolution (and 1 degree absolute accuracy).


    The TS-4200 SBC boots to Linux from either a microSD card or on-board XNAND drive. The 256MB on-board XNAND drive is enough to store a bootable kernel image, initial ramdisk image, and a minimal version of emDebian "Squeeze (Grip)" Linux. Storage memory can be expanded through the microSD card socket. A bootable microSD card must contain a Linux kernel image, an initial ramdisk image and a valid Linux root filesystem. The fast Linux bootup solution was optimized for speed and includes kernel, initrd, and filesystem (Busybox) tweaks. Since this board boots to an initrd (initial ramdisk) with a read-only mounted filesystem, it is possible to have something other than a shell prompt running after bootup by editing the /linuxrc shell script on the initrd. Additional TS-4200 software features include:

    • Boots Linux out-of-the-box in less than 3 seconds (to a shell prompt).
    • MicroSD card pre-installed with minimal Debian "Squeeze" Linux distribution.
    • Un-brickable design ensures 100% recoverability from microSD card in case of on-board XNAND drive erasure.
    • Startup Linux mini-root scripts allow flexible root and backup filesystem selection (microSD, XNAND, NFS, USB flash), as well as software field upgrade support.

    Linux OS and Debian Support

    embeddedTS's TS-4200 Systems on Modules (SoM) are compatible with a wide range of Operating Systems (OS's). The Linux choice is highly recommended and our products are totally integrated with the open-source vision. The board ships with Linux Kernel running out-of-the-box. There is no proprietary source code in the kernel since all the hardware specific functionalities are handled by user-space utilities (such as sdctl, nandctl, xuartctl, etc.). The Linux kernel includes driver support for on-board hardware, enabling quick time to market of end-users applications. Examples and source codes are also available for downloading.

    The compact initial ramdisk filesystem is based on Busybox and uClibc and is improved for performance and flexibility. Specific Linux scripts and utilities that handle the TS-4200 functions are included. In addition, the full Debian binaries and services are available from the initial ramdisk after mounting the microSD card.

    The TS-4200 TS-SOCKET macrocontrollers are configured to load Debian "Squeeze" Linux from the on-board XNAND drive or microSD card during boot up time. The on-board XNAND flash uses a minimal emDebian "Squeeze (Grip)" Linux distribution that has been compacted to fit in the 256MB space and leave about 124MB free for the user and includes utilities such as apt-get for installing and removing programs. The microSD card uses a full featured Debian "Squeeze" Linux distribution which includes a complete GNU C/C++ embedded development environment. In addition, Apache Web Server, FTP, SSH, Telnet, and Samba network services are available with C/PHP/Perl for embedded CGI development.

    Please contact embeddedTS for further information regarding Operating System and software support for this product.

    Detailed Feature List

    • TS-SOCKET Standard (requires Baseboard for development)
    • 400MHz Arm9 core
    • 64MB DDR-RAM (128MB Optional)
    • 256MB SLC XNAND Drive
    • 1 MicroSD Card Slot
    • 1.2K LUT Actel Low-power FPGA
    • 2 USB Host, 1 USB Device Ports
    • 10/100 Ethernet Port (Magnetics Req.)
    • Up to 6 UARTs (1 Auto-485 capable)
    • 1 SPI, 1 I2C, 1 I2S, 4 ADC
    • Up to 78 GPIO/DIO
    • Watchdog Timer
    • Real Time Clock and Temp. Sensor
    • Fanless Operation from -40 °C to 85 °C
    • Credit Card Sized (55mm x 75mm)
    • Very Low Power (75mA at 5V)
    • Unbrickable, Boots from SD or Flash
    • Boots Linux 2.6 in less than 3 seconds
    • DevKit includes base board
    • Supports tsinit self-customization
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    embeddedTS provides complete documentation for our mature products, including manuals, schematics, mechanical drawings, etc. The most recent documentation files are always made available through our website. If you don't find the documentation you are looking for, contact support for more information. Also, please make sure to visit our Embedded Systems Support webpage, and our official documentation.

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    Architecture Arm
    Part Number AT91SAM9G20
    Vendor Atmel
    CPU Speed 400 MHz
    CPU Cores (Max) 1x
    Core Specs
    Base Memory Capacity 64 MB
    Maximum Memory Capacity 128 MB
    Watchdog Timer 1x
    Base Flash Capacity 256 MB
    Flash Type NAND
    microSD Card Socket 1x
    Real Time Clock 1x
    Temperature Sensor 1x
    General I/O
    General-Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) Pins 78x
    Analog to Digital Ports (ADC) 4x
    Serial Interfaces
    RS-485 Ports 1x
    TTL-Level UART Ports 7x
    SPI Ports 1x
    I2C Ports 1x
    I2S Audio Ports 1x
    Peripheral Interfaces
    USB Host Ports 2x
    USB Device Ports 1x
    10/100 Ethernet Ports 1x
    Operating Supply Voltage 5 VDC
    Maximum Power Consumption 0.50 W
    Fanless Temperature Range -40 °C to 85 °C
    Width 55.0 mm
    Length 74.9 mm
    Linux Kernel Version 2.6
    Debian Linux Squeeze (6.0)
    XNAND Storage Yes
    Busybox Small Distribution Yes
    Product Configurations 1 10 50 100
    TS-4200-64-256XF $243 $197 $191 $178
    TS-4200-128-256XF $282 $237 $231 $218
    Product Configuration
    Part Description Price
    TS-4200-64-256XF TS-4200 Atmel Arm9-based SBC with 64MB RAM and 256MB XNAND drive Pricing
    TS-4200-128-256XF TS-4200 Atmel Arm9-based SBC with 128MB RAM and 256MB XNAND drive Pricing
    Flash Media
    Part Description Price
    MSD-4GB-USB-4200 TS-4200 bootable 4GB microSD card pre-loaded with Debian, includes USB reader $48
    MSD-4GB-BLANK SanDisk microSD card, Size 4GB $15
    MSD-4GB-4200 TS-4200 bootable 4GB microSD card pre-loaded with Debian $15
    Accessories and Extras
    Part Description Price
    CN-TSSOCKET-M-100 Qty One Hundred (100) Male 100-Pin High Density Connectors for Custom Baseboard Design $322
    CN-TSSOCKET-M-10 Qty Ten (10) Male 100-Pin High Density Connectors for Custom Baseboard Design $50

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    Modular products built using the TS-4200.

    TS-8100-4200 Thumbnail
    Low Power PC/104 TS-SOCKET Embedded Computer
    • Utilizes the TS-SOCKET standard with secure connections
    • Complete, ready-to-deploy solution with baseboard and module
    • Modular design fights obsoletion and eases repair

    $318 (Qty. 100) $409 (Qty. 1)

    TS-8160-4200 Thumbnail
    Low Power PC/104 TS-SOCKET Embedded Computer
    • Reliable Data and Filesystem Integrity with XNAND Technology
    • Future Ready, Modular Single Board Computer
    • Upgrade Path for TS-7200 and TS-7300 Series

    $316 (Qty. 100) $407 (Qty. 1)

    TS-8200-4200 Thumbnail
    Low Power TS-SOCKET Computer in Plastic Enclosure
    • Utilizes the TS-SOCKET standard with secure connections
    • Complete, ready-to-deploy solution with baseboard and module
    • Modular design fights obsoletion and eases repair

    $257 (Qty. 100) $338 (Qty. 1)