NEW PRODUCTS ■ HARDWARE ■ SOFTWARE ■ GADGETS ■ TOOLS
22 January 2018
UBUNTU CORE ADDED TO
i.MX6 BASED SBC
Technologic Systems, Inc., has announced that it will be partnering with Canonical to make Ubuntu Core
available for their newest single-board computer (SBC): the
TS-7970. The TS-7970 is a high-performance SBC based
on the NXP i.MX6 CPU which implements the ARM®
Cortex A9 architecture clocked at 1 GHz.
The TS-7970 is ideally suited for deployment into a
wide range of robust industrial applications and is a high-end general-purpose SBC ideal for smart devices, auto
entertainment systems, medical systems, enterprise class
intelligent control, plant automation, or any high-end
Ubuntu Core is ideal for this environment because of
its rich networking and protocol support. In addition,
Ubuntu Core offers a secure, reliable, and remotely
upgradeable platform to easily update and maintain Io T
(Internet of Things) devices, making for a more secure and
The TS-7970 is offered in 800 MHz i.MX6 Solo with
1x Cortex-A9 core and 1 GB RAM, or a 1 GHz i.MX6
Quad 4x Cortex-A9 core with 2 GB RAM. The Solo can
operate at a range of - 40°C to 85°C, while the Quad
version is limited to - 20°C to 70°C. It is important to note
that only the Quad model supports mSATA over the mini-PCIe slot.
At 122 x 112 mm, there is a lot of function in a small
footprint. The TS-7970 includes a Lattice FPGA (
field-programmable gate array); in this case, a Lattice
MachXO2. The TS-7970 connects the i.MX6 to the FPGA
with a crossbar that allows users to select the mode of the
FPGA controlled I/O pins. The modes include UARTs,
digital I/O, interrupt requests, and “passing through high
speed I/O from the CPU,” according to Technologic
The FPGA also adds an additional UART controller.
Other features include CAN, ADC, 2x DIO, and 32x
GPIO, among other I/O. An RTC and wide-range power
supply are also available, as well as an optional enclosure.
All Technologic Systems products ship with substantial
documentation and other developer-friendly support. A
Board Support Package (BSP) featuring a Linux 4.1 kernel,
source code, and support for various Linux distros is
included. Customers have access to online guides,
schematics, source code, toolchains, and binaries. All
purchases are backed with software and hardware
support, a standard one year warranty, and a 10+ year
Saelig Co., Inc., has introduced the Siglent SDS1104X-E (100 MHz) and Siglent SDS1204X-E (200 MHz) four-channel oscilloscopes that are built on the same platform
as the very popular SDS1202X-E but with many
improvements — including two 1 GSa/s ADCs (
analog-to-digital converters) and two 14Mpt memory modules.
Waveform capture rates are up to 100,000 wfms/s in
normal mode and 400,000 wfms/s in sequence mode.
The SDS1000X-E scopes feature a large 7” 256 level color
display with intensity grading and color temperature
features to show signal event occurrence statistics.
The new four-channel SDS1000X-E series employs a
new generation of SPO (Super-Phosphor Oscilloscope)
technology that provides excellent signal fidelity and
performance since a hardware co-processor delivers
measurements quickly and accurately without slowing
acquisition or front-panel response.
Additionally, the low noise design allows
measurements of very small signals since the scopes
support 500uV/div to 10V/div voltage settings, with most
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