Industrial ARM Cortex-A8 module enables touch and gesture GUI

September 05, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
The new TRITON-TX48 module allows designs based on TI’s Beaglebone platform to be taken rapidly and cost-effectively to manufacture.

Based on the TI Sitara AM335x, the TRITON-TX48 brings the performance of ARM Cortex-A8, and OpenGL ES graphics acceleration to cost-conscious industrial applications. The module ships with production-ready BSPs (Board Support Packages) for Linux and Windows Embedded Compact 7.
With 720MHz ARM Cortex-A8 core, and SGX530 graphics accelerator, the AM3354 powering the standard version of the TRITON-TX48 is equal to the requirements of systems providing a touch and gesture based GUI. The TRITON-TX48 can drive a resistive or capacitive touch-screen display up to 1366 x 768 in resolution, and a broad range of interfaces include USB 2.0 Host and On-the-go, SD Card, I2C, Audio, multiple UARTs, and SPI. These interfaces can in turn connect a broad range of services out-of-the box, including WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and GPRS. The module, which is pin-compatible with the rest of the extensive TRITON-TX family, also offers dual Ethernet, including support for gigabit data rates.
The TRITON-TX48 measures just 26mm x 68mm, and features full industrial spec. including -40C to +85C temperature range.
For development purposes, the TRITON-TX48 is supplied with the StarterKit-5 development system, which allows development of compatible target environments across the TRITON-TX range. The StarterKit-5 ships with an optional range of compatible touch screens of both capacitive and resistive types, with resolutions from 320x240 to 800x480. Full schematics of the development system baseboard are provided so that in production this can easily adapted to provide a custom system with the addition of the module.
The TRITON-TX48 begins shipping this month. Pricing depends on configuration and volume, and different processors within the AM335x family will be supported.
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