Last month TQ introduced some of its products at the Embedded World 2019 event in Nuremberg. TQ’s highlights ranged from the latest processor technologies with QorIQ Layerscape, i.MX8 and AM57xx to SMARC as the link between ARM and x86 and solutions for IIoT and Smart Manufacturing.
TQ presented a new concept for a mini module based on the LS1028A from NXP. The TQMLS1028AL module, based on a 64-bit dual-cortex A72, features a four-port TSN (time-sensitive networking) switch integrated into the CPU. In addition, this module offers two additional Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and GPU-supported graphics that can drive displays with up to 4K. With a small size of 55 x 44 mm, TQ has developed a module for the highest real-time requirements. In addition, up to two PCIe and two USB 3.0 interfaces can be used for fast data communication. Depending on requirements, a wide range of intelligent HMI controllers up to energy-efficient routers, gateways and data loggers can be implemented.
TQ also exhibited its modules for the i.MX8 CPU series from NXP. A highlight this time is the TQMa8Mx module based on the i.MX8M, which is available with three different Cortex A53 CPU variants. As usual, all interfaces are made available to the user. On a size of only 55 x 36 mm the user can choose between several graphic interfaces with display support up to 4K, all audio functions as well as USB 3.0 and PCIe. Among other things, this module offers access to two digital camera interfaces (MIPI-CSI / four lanes) for direct connection of camera chips and an integrated cortex M4 controller to support the main CPU for implementing security functions. This new TQ module is the optimal platform to develop systems with a focus on audio and video applications.
Embedded module TQMa8Mx
COMPLETE SYSTEMS & IIoT
With the MBox-Advanced, TQ offers a very compact and reliable embedded PC that shows its strengths especially in the field of Smart Manufacturing. With its four TSN-capable Gigabit Ethernet ports and two USB 3.0 ports, it is particularly suitable as a communication node in the factory floor combined with machine vision applications for optical inspection and robotics. Equipped with the powerful Intel Atom Quad-Core Processor E3950 (Apollo Lake-I), additional tasks such as high-resolution visualization, operation and local data logging can be covered simultaneously. Additional interfaces such as a 4K UHD-capable DisplayPort output, USB 2.0 and RS-232 are available for this purpose. In a live demo, the MBox-Advanced demonstrated its capabilities in the interaction between machine vision, robotics, automation technology and typical IoT use cases such as predictive maintenance.
With further demos from the IoT, Industry 4.0 and AI sectors, TQ showed examples of the wide range of applications for its modular embedded platforms, which are available both as pure hardware kits and as finished box PC/gateway versions. The complete performance spectrum is covered, starting with the extremely economical ARM i.MX6 UltraLite and the communication-friendly QorIQ Layerscape through to the latest Intel Core processors from TQ.
With the TQMT1022, the TQ range of available module variants of the TQMT10xx series is growing. The dual-core CPU reduces power consumption even further compared to the TQMT1040 and TQMT1042 modules already available. As with the modules already available, dual SATA interfaces for direct data storage as well as high-speed communication through up to five Gigabit Ethernet and four PCle 2.0 interfaces enable the application to be scaled to exact requirements in the simplest possible way.
The technology company TQ-Group offers the complete range of E²MS services from development, through production and service right up to product life cycle management. The services cover assemblies, equipment and systems including hardware, software and mechanics. Customers can obtain all services from TQ on a modular basis as individual services and also as a complete package according to their individual requirements. Standard products such as Embedded CPU modules (Computer-on-Modules), drive and automation solutions complete the range of services.
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