TQ announces the TQMaX4XxL, an LGA (Land Grid Array) module that uses a combination design based on the Sitara AM243x microcontroller and the AM64xx processor from Texas Instruments (TI). This LGA module provides a flexible, space-saving pin-to-pin compatible solution for low- to high-end applications with real-time requirements of the factory of the future.
Designed with the two device families from TI, the Sitara AM243x MCUs and AM64xx processors, the TQMaX4XxL offers a scalable platform for industrial applications combined in one module design. Examples of industrial applications that can use this module include servo motor controllers (for robots), industrial gateways, as well as controllers with real-time applications, data collectors, and more. The Sitara MCUs and MPUs enable the TQMaX4XxL to support industrial Ethernet protocols such as EtherCAT and Profinet for implementing fieldbus and TSN applications. Both devices, MCU and MPU, offer built-in security features such as cryptographic accelerators (AES, 3DES, MD5, etc.) and the ability to support Secure Boot. In addition, the module offers a "Trusted Secure Element". Furthermore, both devices have additional features, diagnostics and collateral that help designers meet functional safety standards in their systems e.g. for critical communication via SPI, I2C or UART.
The AM243x and AM64xx both offer high- bandwidth networking capabilities, and the TQMaX4XxL module has up to four real-time capable Gbit Ethernet ports that enable high-speed communication. Since data communication between machines and their controllers is essential in modern manufacturing, the TQMaX4XxL module can be used for fieldbus endpoint applications, gateways and small edge servers in production, providing data for the cloud.
In addition, the module design offers further interfaces, including USB 2.0 (AM243x MCU) or USB 3.0 (AM64x MPU) as well as PCIe for connecting mass storage devices or possible radio standards. Industrial sensors can be connected via the two CAN FD interfaces.
TQMaX4XxL users benefit from maximum flexibility: TI's two variants are pin-to-pin compatible and can therefore be used in one design. This enables the module user to respond to customer requirements at short notice and make adjustments at a later date. In this way, device classes from MCU to MPU can be realized with one module design.
The mainboard MBaX4XxL (160x100mm) provides the most important interface functions of the TQMa243xL & TQMa64xxL modules. It is optimally designed to allow customers to start their software evaluation immediately. The following interfaces are available to the user: Two real-time capable Gigabit Ethernet interfaces for industrial communication via fieldbus systems or TSN, one Gigabit Ethernet for fast data communication, two CAN-FD (galvanically isolated) for connecting sensors, eight digital and eight analog IOs for controlling external peripherals, one SD card interface for flexibly testing software, 1x USB3.0/ USB2.0 OTG and one USB debug interface. In addition, the latest wireless communication can be tested via a WIFI and mobile radio option. Further signals, e.g. two additional PRU ports, RS485 etc. are available via additional pin headers. This single board computer, consisting of soldered LGA module and main board, can already be used as a ready qualified industrial board due to its many functions. Furthermore, it can be used as a basis for own designs starting with the gateway for the collection of production data up to real-time recording of sensor data in automation.
The TQMa243xL and TQMa64xxL modules and the matching starter kit samples will be available from Q1/2022 at the latest.
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