element14: Development platform for i.MX 6Quad - Built to Freescale SABRE Lite design

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element14 presents the newly launched SABRE Lite evaluation platform featuring the powerful i.MX6 Quad-Core multimedia application processor from Freescale Semiconductor. The Freescale’s I.MX 6Quad ARM Cortex-A9 application processor encompasses a quad-core platform running up to 1 GHz with 1 MB of L2 cache and 64-bit DDR3 or 2-ch., 32-bit LPDDR2 support. Integrated FlexCAN, MLB busses, PCI Express® and SATA-2 provide excellent connectivity, while integration of LVDS, MIPI display port, MIPI camera port and HDMI v1.4 makes it an ideal platform for leading-edge consumer, automotive and industrial multimedia applications.



The SABRE Lite Board is measuring only 3.25 inch by 3.25 inch, it is a very compact board but takes full features of the I.MX6Quad processor. The board has integrated 1GByte of 64-bit wide DD3 and 2MByte SPI Flash and brought out a number of interfaces for peripheral connecting, such as serial ports, USB, Ethernet, CAN, SATA, RGB, LVDS, HDMI, Audio, Camera, I2C, SD Card, JTAG and etc. The board is a ready-to-run platform with ported Linux 3.0.15 or Android 4.0.4.



The i.MX6 series unleashes a scalable multicore platform that includes single-, dual- and quadcore families based on the ARM Cortex™-A9 architecture for next-generation consumer, industrial and automotive applications. By combining the power-efficient processing capabilities of the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture with leading edge 3D and 2D graphics, as well as high-definition video, the i.MX6 series provides a new level of multimedia performance to enable an unbounded next-generation user experience.



The i.MX6 series also brings world-class integration with high-performance multimedia processing, making it the ideal platform for future multimedia-centric applications such as tablets, smart books and human-machine interface (HMI). With integrated options including LVDS, HDMI v1.4, MIPI DSI display port and MIPI CSI-2 camera port, as well as the ability to support up to four screens simultaneously, the i.MX6 series provides the flexibility to develop tailored, market-specific solutions with faster time to market.




Key Applications: Netbooks (web tablets), Nettops (Internet desktop devices), High-end mobile Internet devices (MID), High-end PDAs, High-end portable media players (PMP) with HD video capability, Gaming consoles, Portable navigation devices (PNDs), Industrial control, Test and measurement (T&M), Single board computers (SBCs), Tablets, eReaders, Smartbooks, Automotive infotainment, HMI, Portable medical, IPTV, IP phones and Home energy management systems.

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Development Tools



Software Development Tools:


Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription
BSPTimeSysLinuxLinkFreescale i.MX6

LinuxLink for Freescale i.MX 6 Series Processors is a powerful Linux solution that you can customize to take advantage of all i.MX6 processor features.Find all related information at http://www.timesys.com/embedded-linux/resources/dev-center/element14-sabrelite

BSPFreescaleAndroidFreescale i.MX6

Freescale fully supports the Android™ operating system through board support packages the i.MX range of application processors and featured tools such as SABRE Lite development platform. Click here to download Android SD card image.

IDEARMDS-5ARM Cortex™-A  / Cortex™-R / ARM9™ / ARM11™

The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) tool enable developers to get the best from their ARM technology-based systems. Whether implementing an ARM processor-based SoC or writing software for an Application Specific Standard Product (ASSP), ARM tools enable you to deliver the best solution with the highest performance and lowest power. 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

User ManualUser Manual for element14 development platform SABRE Lite for Freescale i.MX 6Quad
Quick Start GuideQuick Start Guide for element14 development platform SABRE Lite for Freescale i.MX 6Quad
Quick Start Guideelement14: Quick Start Guide of Freescale Sabre Lite Linux system NEW!
Product briefProduct brief for Timesys Linux BSP on element14 SABRE Lite
DatasheetFreescale: Datasheet for i.MX 6Dual/6Quad Automotive and  Infotainment Applications Processors NEW!
DatasheetFreescale: Datasheet for i.MX 6Dual/6Quad  Applications Processors  for Consumer Products NEW!
DatasheetFreescale: Datasheet for i.MX 6Dual/6Quad  Applications Processors  for Industrial Products NEW!
Fact SheetFreescale: FactSheet Freescale i.MX 6 Series of Applications Processors


Design Elements
SchematicsSchematics for the element14 development platform SABRE Lite for Freescale i.MX 6Quad


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Kit Features




The SABRE Lite Board is based on the i.MX6 quad-core processor from Freescale integrating all the functionalities of this multimedia application processor with the following features:


  • Processor
    • ARM Cortex A9 MPCore™ 4xCPU Processor at 1GHz
    • Multi-stream-capable HD video engine delivering H.264 1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode, and 3-D video playback in HD
    • Triple Play Graphics System consisting of a Quad-shader 3D unit capable of 200MT/s, and a separate 2-D and separate OpenVG Vertex acceleration engines for superior 3D, 2D, and user interface acceleration
  • Memory
    • 1GByte of 64-bit wide DDR3 @ 532MHz
  • Media Interfaces
    • Analog headphone/microphone, 3.5mm audio jack
    • LVDS interface
    • HDMI interface
    • Parallel RGB interface
    • Camera interface (Support CCD or CMOS camera)
    • MIPI lanes at 1 Gbps
  • Data Transfer Interfaces
    • Serial Ports
      • UART1, 3RS232 Logic
      • UART2, 3RS232 Logic
    • USB Ports:
      • 1 x USB2.0 OTG, micro USB,
      • 2Type A, high-speed, 480Mbps
      • x USB2.0 HOST, connector, high-speed, 480Mbps
    • TF card interface
    • SD card interface
    • SATA II interface, 3.0 Gbps
    • 10M/100M/Gb Ethernet Interface (RJ45 jack)
    • 1 channel I2C interface
    • 1 channel PCIE X1 interface
    • CAN bus
  • Input Interfaces
    • Android keyboard interface
    • 10-pin JTAG interface
    • 2 bit DIP switch for boot mode selection
    • Boot configuration interface
  • Others
    • 1 Power LED
    • 1 DC Jack
    • 1 Reset button
  • Mechanical Parameters
    • Working Temperature: 0°C - 70°C
    • Humidity Range: 20% - 90%
    • Dimensions: 82.55mm x 82.55mm
    • Input Voltage: +5V


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Kit Contents



  • SABRE Lite board
  • Micro-B to standard-A cable
  • 5 Vdc @ 4 A power supply
  • SD Card - The kit will include an SD Card with the TimeSys image preloaded on it.
  • Custom serial cable
  • Crossover ethernet cable
  • Quick-Start Guide


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