Freescale: i.MX53 based MCIMX53-START Quick Start Development Kit

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Kit Overview


Freescale delivers a cost-effective, easy-to-use platform designed to simplify product evaluation and speed time to market with its new Quick Start development board series based on the i.MX family of multimedia applications processors.


The first in the series, the i.MX53 based MCIMX53-STARTMCIMX53-START Quick Start board is a open source development platform. Integrated with an ARM® Cortex™-A8 1 GHz processor, the Quick Start board includes a display controller, hardware-accelerated graphics, 1080p video decode and 720p encode as well as numerous connectivity options ideally suited for applications such as human machine interface in embedded consumer, industrial and medical markets.


Designed as a feature-rich development platform, the i.MX53 Quick Start board includes hardware design files and a board support package (BSP) containing drivers optimized for multimedia operations. This decreases time to market, provides a basic product design, and serves as a launching point for more complex designs. Additionally, the ecosystem for the board is comprised of partners who provide a variety of cost-effective debugging tools and complete development suites optimized for the Quick Start development platform.


Advanced power management features used throughout the i.MX53 processor enable a rich suite of multimedia features and peripherals while maintaining minimum system power consumption in both active and low-power modes As the need for advanced security for mobile and hand-held devices continues to increase, the i.MX535 and i.MX538 processors deliver hardware enabled security features that support secure e-commerce, digital rights management (DRM), information encryption, secure boot and secure software download.


Ordering Information:


MCIMX53-STARTMCIMX53-STARTFreescale i.MX53 Based Quick Start Development kit
MCIMX-LVDS1MCIMX-LVDS110.1” 1024x768 (XGA) with capacitive touch LCD Display Add-on Card
MCIMXHDMICARDMCIMXHDMICARDHDMI add–on card via Expansion connector - 24 bit HDMI output port also contains SPDIF audio


Key Applications: Embedded, Consumer, Industrial and Medical Markets.

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Development Tools


Software Development Tools:


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IDEFreescaleCodeWarriorAll Freescale MCU's

Freescale's software and development solutions take you beyond the silicon, helping to bring your embedded applications to life.  Learn More



Hardware Development Tools:


Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription
Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsARMDSTRM-KT-0181ADSTRM-KT-0181AARM7 / ARM9 / ARM11 / Cortex-A / Cortex-R / Cortex-MDSTREAM Debug and Trace Unit
Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsSeggerJ-LinkJ-LinkARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / Cortex-A / ARM7™ / ARM9™JTAG/SWD Emulator with USB interface
ProgrammerSeggerFlasher ARMFlasher ARMARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / Cortex-A / ARM7™ / ARM9™Flash Programmer for ARM and Cortex cores



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Technical Documents

Learning Center


Product BriefFreescale: Applications Processors Fact Sheet For i.MX535 and i.MX538 Family(rev-1)
Product BriefFreescale: Quick Start Development Board For i.MX53 family
Reference Manual

Freescale: Hardware Reference Manual for i.MX53 family

User GuideFreescale: User Guide for MCIMX53-START Development Kit


Design Elements


Application LibraryFreescale: IMX53_QSB_OBDS  : On-Board Diagnostic Suit for the i.MX53 Quick   Start Board
Application Library

Freescale: DDR Stress tester kit for the i.MX51/ i.MX53 Family

LayoutFreescale: i.MX53 QuickStart Board Layout and Gerber files for HDMI Board
LayoutFreescale: i.MX53 Quick Start Board Layout file
Design FileFreescale: i.MX53 QuickStart Board Design File for HDMI Board
Design FileFreescale: i.MX53 Quick Start Board Design File
BOMFreescale: i.MX53 QuickStart Board BOM List file for HDMI Board

Freescale: i.MX53 Quick Start Board BOM List file

SchematicFreescale: i.MX53 Quick Start Board Schematics
Code SnippetFreescale: IOMUX_TOOL : Interactive Mux Tool for   i.MX23/i.MX25/i.MX28/i.MX35/i.MX50/i.MX51 /i.MX53 Families


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Kit Features

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  • i.MX53 1Ghz Cortex–A8 Processor
  • Power Management IC
  • 1 GB DDR3 Memory
  • LVDS connector
  • VGA connector
  • Parallel LCD add–on card via Expansion connector       
    • 10.1” 1024x768 (XGA) with capacitive touch (MCIMX-LVDS1MCIMX-LVDS1)
  • HDMI add–on card via Expansion connector         
    • MCIMXHDMICARD MCIMXHDMICARD - 24 bit HDMI output port also contains SPDIF audio
  • SPDIF output via HDMI add–on card
  • Freescale SGTL5000SGTL5000 Audio Codec
  • Microphone jack
  • Headphone jack
  • 3–axis Freescale Accelerometer
  • Enables Parallel LCD or HDMI output
  • Camera CSI port signals
  • I2C, SSI, SPI signals
  • Full–size SD/MMC card slot
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 7–pin SATA data connector
  • 10/100BT Ethernet port
  • 2x High–Speed USB Host port
  • 1x Micro USB Device port
  • JTAG connector
  • DB–9 UART port
  • Linux from Freescale
  • 4GB micro SD card with image included in the kit
  • Android from Adeneo
  • Windows Embedded Compact 7 from Adeneo
  • Debug/IDE tool chains from SEGGER Microcontroller, ARM, Lauterbach
  • Inflexion UI for i.MX processors by Mentor Embedded
  • VMware player to bring up the Linux image on a Windows PC



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Kit Contents


  • i.MX53 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor
  • 4 GB microSD card with Linux image
  • 5V power supply with worldwide adapters
  • Micro USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • DVD with VMware player, getting started video, demos and other documents


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