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Low Cost Embedded System-on-Module

Lifecycle: Fully Developed | Released: October 2013

454MHz NXP i.MX283 Arm9™ processor with up to 256MB of DDR2 RAM. The TS-4600 features 10/100 Ethernet, high speed USB hosts, and 2 MicroSD sockets.

  • 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
$146 (Qty. 100) $198 (Qty. 1)
No minimum order quantity on standard products.

The TS-4600 provides a migration path from the TS-4500 offering a performance increase, and additional RAM for more flexibility. The TS-4600 is based on the NXP i.MX28 running at 454MHz with either 128MB or 256MB of DDR2 RAM. The TS-4600 features 10/100 Ethernet, high speed USB hosts, and 2 MicroSD sockets. The battery backed real time clock is temperature compensated to 0.5ppm accuracy.

The TS-4600 also includes a software programmable Lattice XP2 5K LUT FPGA which by default implements several of our controllers such as XUARTs, and SPI controller, and more. The customizable FPGA allows logic which can be tailored for your project in verilog, or using our FPGA customization services. This allows simple additions of features such as pulse counters, quadrature, pwm, uarts, custom PID loops, and much more.

The TS-4600 SoM boots a Linux 2.6.35 kernel out of the box from one or both MicroSD cards, as well as an initial ramdisk for a very fast boot and a Debian Wheezy distribution for extremely flexible software. The Linux choice is highly recommended and our products are totally integrated with the open-source vision. There is no proprietary source code in the kernel since all the hardware specific functionalities are handled by user-space utilities (such as spictl, sdctl, xuartctl, etc.). The Linux kernel includes driver support for on-board hardware, enabling quick time to market of end-users applications.

The Debian Wheezy (7.0) environment provides a powerful, stable, and familiar software stack. Debian Wheezy provides over 28,000 software packages precompiled for the ARMEL architecture. This includes many common interpreters such as Python, Mono (C#), Ruby, PHP, TCL, Perl, Java, and Bash. Debian also includes the GNU Compiler Collection which allows compiling C/C++ directly on the board.

The software image includes an initial ram filesystem which boots immediately after the kernel is loaded and can execute custom userspace code within seconds after power is applied. The initial ramdisk features a minimalistic busybox build for a fast boot, but it is also capable of executing binaries in Debian

Software features include:

  • Linux 2.6.35
  • Full Debian Wheezy (7.0) distribution
  • Opencore FPGA reloadable in software
  • Flexible programming language support
  • Source code examples available

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

Detailed Feature List

  • Freescale i.MX283 with 454MHz Arm9 core
  • 128 or 256MB DDR2 RAM
  • 2 MicroSD Card Sockets
  • MicroSD and MicroSDHC support
  • SD speeds up to 2MB/s Write, 15MB/s Read
  • Robust DoubleStore™ Flash Storage
  • User-Programmable 5K LUT FPGA
  • 5V Input
  • Low Power Consumption (around 1.6W base power)
  • Guaranteed availability through 2025
  • 2x 10/100 Ethernet Port
  • LCD support (up to XGA)
  • 2x USB 2.0 Host
  • 107x 3.3V DIO
  • 4x 12-bit ADC
  • SPI, I2C, CAN
  • 8 TTL XUARTs
  • Battery Backed RTC
  • 128 bytes of NVRAM
  • Runs Debian Wheezy (7.0)
  • Runs Linux 2.6.35
  • Fanless Operation from -40 °C to 85 °C
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Architecture Arm
Part Number i.MX283
Vendor NXP
CPU Speed 454 MHz
CPU Cores (Max) 1x
Core Specs
Base Memory Capacity 128 MB
Maximum Memory Capacity 256 MB
Watchdog Timer 1x
Real Time Clock 1x
Temperature Sensor 1x
microSD Card Socket 2x
General I/O
General-Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) Pins 107x
Serial Interfaces
TTL-Level UART Ports 8x
SPI Ports 1x
I2C Ports 1x
Peripheral Interfaces
USB Host Ports 2x
Industrial Protocols
CAN Ports 1x
10/100 Ethernet Ports 2x
Operating Supply Voltage 5 VDC
Maximum Power Consumption 1.60 W
Fanless Temperature Range -40 °C to 85 °C
Width 55.0 mm
Length 74.9 mm
User Programmable FPGA Yes
Linux Kernel Version 2.6
Debian Linux Wheezy (7.0)
RAID-Like DoubleStore™ Storage Yes
Busybox Small Distribution Yes
Product Configurations 1 10 50 100
TS-4600-256-CAN-E $215 $188 $176 $163
TS-4600-128-CAN-I $198 $173 $161 $146
Product Configuration
Part Description Price
TS-4600-256-CAN-E TS-4600 454MHz i.MX28 SoM with 256MB DDR2 RAM and extended temp. grade (-20C to 70C) (SD card required to boot, sold separately) Pricing
TS-4600-128-CAN-I TS-4600 454MHz i.MX28 SoM with 128MB DDR2 RAM with CAN, industrial temp. grade (-40C to 85C) (SD card required to boot, sold separately) Pricing
Flash Media
Part Description Price
MSD-4GB-BLANK SanDisk microSD card, Size 4GB $15
MSD-4GB-7600 Bootable 4GB microSD card with Arm tool chain, Debian Linux filesystem, and further binaries/utilities (compatible with TS-7600, TS-4600) $15
MSD-4GB-USB-7600 Bootable 4GB microSD card with Arm tool chain, Debian Linux filesystem, and further binaries/utilities, including a USB adapter (compatible with TS-7600, TS-4600) $48
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
Development Kits
Part Description Price
KIT-8550-4600 Development kit including suggested parts for new development (includes TS-8550 baseboard). Includes packaged parts:
  • TS-8550: TS-SOCKET development baseboard (system-on-module not included)
  • MSD-4GB-USB-7600: Bootable 4GB microSD card with Arm tool chain, Debian Linux filesystem, and further binaries/utilities, including a USB adapter (compatible with TS-7600, TS-4600)
  • PS-5VDC-REG-2P1: Regulated 5 VDC, 2.5 A wall mounted power supply with 2 pin black screw terminal connector (100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, A-type Plug)
  • CB-USB-A-MICRO-GOLD: 7" USB 2.0 Type-A to Micro-B cable
  • CB-USB-A-FEMALE-MICRO: 7" USB 2.0 Type-A Receptacle (Female) to Micro-B cable
  • CB7-05: Null modem cable with a DB9F at each end

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