Freescale: MCIMX53SMD SABRE Platform for Tablets based on i.MX53

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Kit Overview


The Freescale delivers the ultimate in performance and design flexibility with its Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering (SABRE) platform (MCIMX53SMDMCIMX53SMD) for tablets based on the i.MX53 family of multimedia applications processors.The latest in a series of premiere market-focused reference designs, the SABRE platform for tablets showcases the well-integrated and highperforming i.MX53 series of multimedia applications processors based on ARM® Cortex™-A8 with speeds up to 1.2 GHz.


Designed with a tablet look and feel, the SABRE platform (MCIMX53SMDMCIMX53SMD) for tablets can be used to evaluate the i.MX53 for use in any mobile device requiring low power and an amazing user experience. With the i.MX53 on-chip offerings, system-level power and performance optimizations and form-factor readiness, the SABRE platform for tablets enables customers to rapidly innovate new consumer products. The SABRE platform for tablets also provides a foundation for enabling new product designs in vertical markets such as industrial, medical and home automation.


The Broad operating system support includes Android™, Linux® and Windows® Embedded, providing a springboard for product differentiation. Freescale’s highly optimized Board Support Packages (BSPs), codecs and middleware maximizes the capabilities of the i.MX53 feature set, while minimizing the overall system power consumption to give longer play time. Development system is powered from provided +15V power supply.


The MCIMX53SMDMCIMX53SMD SABRE platform for tablets allows you to hold in your hands and evaluate the full multimedia performance capabilities of the i.MX53 family, including 1080p video decode, full duplex video in HD (720p), fast web browsing, realistic gaming applications.


Key Applications: Education, Industrial, Medical and Home Automation.

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RTOSFreescaleMQXColdFire / HC08 / HC12 / ARM / S08 / RS08 / PowerPC

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RTOSMicriumuC/OS IIIColdFire / HC08 / HC12 / ARM / S08 / RS08 / PowerPC

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Technical Documents

Learning Center
User GuideFreescale: User Guide for i.MX53 System Development
User GuideFreescale: User Guide for MCIMX53SMD Board Hardware
User GuideFreescale: User Guide for i.MX Linux Multimedia Framework
User GuideFreescale: User Guide for i.MX53 SDK Windows Embedded Compact 7 Multimedia Framework
User GuideFreescale: User Guide for i.MX53 SABRE TABLET Linux
User GuideFreescale: User Guide for i.MX53 SMD Windows Embedded Compact 7
Product BriefFreescale: Applications Processors Fact Sheet For i.MX535 and i.MX538 Family(rev-1)
Product BriefFreescale: IMX5CNFS- Fact Sheet for i.MX535 and i.MX538 Applications Processors
Product BriefFreescale: Quick Start Development Board For i.MX53 family
Product BriefFreescale: Product Brief for SABRE Platform for Tablets Based on i.MX53
Product BriefFreescale: Product Brief for Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering (SABRE)
Reference ManualFreescale: Hardware Reference Manual for i.MX53 family
Reference ManualFreescale: Hardware Reference Manual for MCIMX53-LVDS Development Board
Reference ManualFreescale: Reference Manual for i.MX53 SMD Windows Embedded Compact 7
Revision NoteFreescale: Revision Note for i.MX53 SMD Windows Embedded Compact 7
Application Note

Freescale: Application Specification for gplay

Application NoteFreescale: Application Note for i.MX53 SDK Windows Embedded Compact 7 Multimedia Framework
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Kit Features

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  • Freescale i.MX53 1 GHz ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor
  • 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM up to 400 MHz (800 MHz DDR) memory
  • 4 GB eMMC flash
  • Power Management IC


  • 10.1” 1024 x 768 LVDS display with integrated P-cap sensing
  • HDMI connector
  • LVDS connector (for optional second display)

User Interface

  • 10.1” capacitive multi-touch display
  • Capacitive buttons: home, menu, back, search
  • Other buttons: power, reset, volume up/down

Power Management

  • Dialog DA9053
  • 11.1V 3-cell Li+, 40.2-WHr battery and charger
  • 15V, 3A power supply


  • Omnivision OV5642 5 MP sensor

Wireless Connectivity

  • USI ARS63 module using Atheros AR6003 Wi-Fi® + AR3001 BT
  • LOCOSYS AH16 GPS module using Atheros AR1520A GPS receiver
  • Freescale MC1323X 2.4 GHz IEEE® 802.15.4/ZigBee®


  • Freescale SGTL5000SGTL5000 audio codec
  • SPDIF via HDMI
  • 2 x 1W at 8 O speakers
  • Headphone/microphone jack


  • Freescale MMA8451QMMA8451Q 3-axis accelerometer
  • Freescale MAG3110MAG3110 magnetic sensor

Interface Connectivity

  • Full-size SD/MMC card slot
  • 22-pin SATA data connector
  • Two high-speed USB 2.0 host ports
  • Micro high-speed USB 2.0 OTG port

Debug Board (separate PCB)

  • 10/100BT Ethernet port
  • DB-9 UART port
  • 20-pin JTAG connector

Expansion Connector

  • Expansion port has parallel LCD interface, I2C, resistive touch and LCD backlight rails


  • Sandisk 8GB SSD
  • 3-cell Li-ion Battery and Charger (currently on backorder, available Q4 2011)
  • Power Supply 15V, 3A
  • Form-factor enclosure


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Kit Contents


The Freescale's MCIMX53SMDMCIMX53SMD SABRE Platform for Tablets System Contents:

  • i.MX53 processor-based tablet with enclosure and battery
  • 15-volt power supply
  • Mini HDMI cable
  • Quick start guide
  • DVD with VMware player, getting started video, demos and other documents



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