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    • Development platform for i.MX 6Quad - Built to NXP SABRE Lite design
    • Development platform for i.MX 6Quad - Built to NXP SABRE Lite design
    • Development platform for i.MX 6Quad - Built to NXP SABRE Lite design

    Overview

    element14 presents the newly launched SABRE Lite evaluation platform featuring the powerful i.MX6 Quad-Core multimedia application processor from NXP Semiconductor. The NXP’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.

    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
      • 2MB SPI FLASH
    • 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

    Ships With

    • 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

    FAQs

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    What are the video decoding capabilities of the board?
    • 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
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    What are the Display interface specs?
    Total raw pixel rate of all interfaces is up to 450Mpixels/sec, 24 bpp. Up to four interfaces may be active in parallel.
    • One Parallel 24-bit display port, up to 225 Mpixes/sec (for example, WUXGA at 60 Hz or dual HD1080 and WXGA at 60 Hz)
    • LVDS serial ports:One port up to 165 Mpixels/sec or two ports up to 85 MP/sec (for example, WUXGA at 60 Hz) each
    • HDMI 1.4 port
    • MIPI/DSI, two lanes at 1 Gbps
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    What is stored on the MicroSD Card BSP Image?

    The supplied microSD card contains a demo from Timesys that demonstrates various capabilities of the board in terms of graphics processing, image/video rendering, 3D capabilities among others. The LINUX BSP from element14 contains support for the below. There is also an Android BSP available for download from element14

    Serial Series driver

    RTC Hardware clock driver

    Network 10/100/Gb IEEE1588 Ethernet

    Flash SPI flash driver

    Display Three display ports (RGB, LVDS, and HDMI 1.4a)

    MMC/SD Dual SD 3.0/SDXC card slots

    SATA Serial ATA 2.5 (SATA) at 3Gbps

    USB 3 High speed USB ports (2xHost, 1xOTG)

    Audio Analog (headphone/mic) and Digital (HDMI)

    Camera Two camera ports (1xParallel, 1x MIPI CSI-2) audio

    PCIe PCIe port (1 lane)

    CAN 1xCAN2 port

    Keypad GPIO keyboard driver

    LED User LEDs driver

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    Can I build my own image from the BSP?
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    What are my boot options?
    The SABRE Lite board can be booted in 2 ways, this is controlled by 2 onboard DIP switches .

    See page 37 of document below http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/1830763.pdf

    The preset boot mode is via SPI-NOR, the second method is via a Serial download mode where the onboard memory can be programmed using the MFG Tool which you can under the "LINUX TOOL" link in the following page http://www.element14.com/community/docs/DOC-65093?ICID=designcenter-sabre-space

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