i.MX53 Multimedia Applications Processors – Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor SMC
The i.MX53 family of processors represents Freescale's next generation of advanced multimedia and power-efficient implementation of the ARM Cortex™-A8 core. With core processing speeds up to 1 GHz, the i.MX53 is optimized for both performance and power to meet the demands of high-end, advanced applications. Integrated display controller, 1080p HD video decode and 720p video encode, enhanced graphics and connectivity features make the i.MX53 ideal for a wide range of applications in the consumer, automotive, medical and industrial markets.

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i.MX53 Quick Start Board - Freescale Semiconductor

i.MX53 Quick Start Board

MCIMX53-START - i.MX53 Quick Start Board

Freescale delivers a cost-effective, easy-to-use platform designed to simplify product evaluation and speed time to market with its new Quick Start development board series based on the i.MX family of multimedia applications processors.

The first in the series, the i.MX53 Quick Start board is a $149 open source development platform that comes with the i.MX53, a powerful 1 GHz applications processor based on ARM® CortexTM-A8 technology. The Quick Start board supports the features of the i.MX53 and includes support for a VGA display as well as optional add-on boards to support LCD, LVDS and HDMI displays. A range of peripheral and connectivity options enables development of broad-based applications in the embedded consumer, industrial and medical markets. Together, the i.MX53 Quick Start board and the provided Linux® Board Support Package (BSP) decreases time to market, provides a basic product design, and serves as a launching point for more complex designs. Build off the expertise of Freescale's technology partners with access to BSPs, UI and other development tools. Share ideas, get pointers and find support through the growing community of open source developers at www.imxcommunity.org

Features

Processor sub-system
  • i.MX53 1Ghz Cortex-A8 Processor
  • Power Management IC
  • 1 GB DDR3 Memory
Display
  • LVDS connector
  • VGA connector
  • Parallel LCD add-on card via Expansion connector
    • 4.3" 800x480 WVGA with 4-wire touch screen
  • HDMI add-on card via Expansion connector
    • 24 bit HDMI output port also contains SPDIF audio
Audio
  • SPDIF output via HDMI add-on card
  • Freescale SGTL5000 Audio Codec
  • Microphone jack
  • Headphone jack
Analog Sensors
  • 3-axis Freescale Accelerometer
Expansion Connector
  • Enables Parallel LCD or HDMI output
  • Camera CSI port signals
  • I2C, SSI, SPI signals
Connectivity
  • Full-size SD/MMC card slot
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 7-pin SATA data connector
  • 10/100BT Ethernet port
  • 2x High-Speed USB Host port
  • 1x Micro USB Device port
Debug
  • JTAG connector
  • DB-9 UART port
Miscellaneous
  • Power Supply 5V, 2A
    • Included in the kit along with worldwide adapters
  • 3" x 3" 8-layer PCB
OS Support
  • Linux from Freescale
    • 4GB micro SD card with image included in the kit
  • Android from Adeneo
  • Windows Embedded Compact 7 from Adeneo
Tool Support
  • Debug/IDE tool chains from SEGGER Microcontroller, CodeSourcery, Macgraigor, IAR Systems, ARM, Lauterbach
  • Inflexion UI for i.MX processors by Mentor Embedded
  • VMware player to bring up the Linux image on a Windows PC