Freescale i.MX53xASABRE Platform Reference Design

/a>Dashboard” title=”Dashboard”>Dashboard” title=”Dashboard”>Dashboard, Navigation, Information Processing System, Industrial and Human Machine Interface (HMI). This article introduces the i.MX53xA processor Key Features, Block Diagram, and Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Design (SABRE) Platform Key Features, Block Diagram, Circuit Diagram, Bill of Materials, and PCB Layout.

The MCIMX53xA (i.MX53xA) automotive infotainment processor is Freescale semiconductor‘s latest addition to a growing family of multimedia-focused products offering high performance processing with a high degree of functional integration aimed at the growing automotive infotainment, telematics, HMI, and Display-based cluster markets. This device includes 3D and 2D graphics processors, 1080i/p video processing, and dual display, and provides a variety of interfaces.

The i.MX53xA processor features Freescale’s advanced implementation of the ARM™ core, which operates at clock speeds as high as 800 MHz and interfaces with DDR2/LVDDR2-800, LPDDR2-800, or DDR3-800 DRAM memories. This device is well suited for graphics rendering for HMI, navigation, high performance speech processing with large databases, video processing and display, audio playback, and many other applications.

The flexibility of the i.MX53xA architecture allows for its use in a wide variety of applications. As the heart of the application chipset, the i.MX53xA processor provides all the interfaces for connecting peripherals, such as WLAN, Bluetooth™, GPS, hard drive, camera sensors, and dual displays.

i.MX53xA processor main features:

Features of the i.MX53xA processor include the following:

• Multilevel memory system—The multilevel memory system of the i.MX53xA is based on the L1 instruction and data caches, L2 cache, internal and external memory. The i.MX53xA supports many types of external memory devices, including DDR2, low voltage DDR2 , LPDDR2, DDR3, NOR Flash, PSRAM, cellular RAM, NAND Flash (MLC and SLC), OneNAND™, and managed NAND including eMMC up to rev 4.4.

• Smart speed technology—The i.MX53xA device has power management throughout the IC that enables the rich suite of multimedia features and peripherals to consume minimum power in both active and various low power modes. Smart speed technology enables the designer to deliver a feature- rich product requiring levels of power far lower than industry expectations.

• Multimedia powerhouse—The multimedia performance of the i.MX53xA processor ARM core is boosted by a multilevel cache system, Neon (including advanced SIMD, 32-bit single-precision floating point support) and vector floating point coprocessors. The system is further enhanced by a multi-standard hardware video codec, autonomous image processing unit (IPU), and a programmable smart DMA (SDMA) controller.

• Powerful graphics acceleration— The i.MX53xA processors provide two independent, integrated graphics processing units: an OpenGL® ES 2.0 3D graphics accelerator (33 Mtri/s, 200 Mpix/s, and 800 Mpix/s z-plane performance) and an OpenVG™ 1.1 2D graphics accelerator (200 Mpix/s).

• Interface flexibility—The i.MX53xA processor supports connection to a variety of interfaces, including LCD controller for two displays and CMOS sensor interface, high-speed USB on-the-go with PHY, plus three high-speed USB hosts, multiple expansion card ports (high-speed MMC/SDIO host and others), 10/100 Ethernet controller, and a variety of other popular interfaces (PATA, UART, I2C, and I2S serial audio, among others).

• Automotive environment support—Includes interfaces such as two CAN ports, an MLB port, an ESAI audio interface, and an asynchronous sample rate converter for multichannel/multisource audio.

• Advanced security—The i.MX53xA processors deliver hardware-enabled security features that enable secure e-commerce, digital rights management (DRM), information encryption, secure boot, and secure software downloads. For detailed information about the i.MX53xA security features contact a Freescale representative.

The i.MX53xA application processor is a follow-on to the i.MX51xA, with improved performance, power efficiency, and multimedia capabilities.

i.MX53xA target application:

Automotive

Instrument Cluster

Navigation

Telematics

Industrial

Human Machine Interface (HMI)
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Figure 1. i.MX53xA system block diagram

Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Design (SABRE) Platform

Freescale delivers the ultimate in performance and design flexibility with its Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering (SABRE) platform for Automotive Infotainment based on the i.MX53 family of automotive applications processors. A high-performance market-focused development system, the SABRE for Automotive Infotainment offers a solid foundation for any next generation infotainment platform design. The i.MX53 family of automotive applications processors represents Freescale’s next generation of advanced multimedia and power-efficient implementation of the ARM Cortex™-A8 core for the automotive market. With core processing speeds up to 1GHz as well as a high level of integration, this full-featured development platform enables customers to re-create today’s consumer user experiences in the car.

A range of highly flexible connectivity options makes the SABRE for Automotive Infotainment based on i.MX53 ideal for developing many different types of advanced infotainment applications. The platform is designed to support many off-the-shelf peripherals for automotive infotainment such as terrestrial and satellite radio tuners, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, cellular modem, iAP authentication modules, MOST and CAN vehicle networking, cameras and displays. The SABRE for Automotive Infotainment is also a modular platform, allowing customers to integrate the SABRE for Automotive Infotainment i.MX53 CPU card into their own systems to rapidly prototype solutions with a custom peripheral set.
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Figure 2. Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Design (SABRE) platform outline

This document is the Hardware Reference Manual for the i.MX53 Quick Start board based on the Freescale Semiconductor i.MX53 Applications Processor. This board is fully supported by Freescale Semiconductor. This Manual includes system setup and debugging, and provides detailed information on the overall design and usage of the i.MX53 Quick Start board from a Hardware Systems perspective.

The Quick Start Board is an i.MX535 platform designed to showcase many of the most commonly used features of the i.MX535 Applications Processor in a small, low cost package. The MCIMX53-START is an entry level development board and a near perfect subset of its larger sister board, the MCIMX53SMD, which is available as a full, near-form factor tablet. Developers can start working with code on the Quick Start board, and then port it over to the SMD Tablet if additional features are desired. This gives the developer the option of becoming familiar with the i.MX535 Applications Processor before investing a large amount or resources in more specific designs.

i.MX53 Quick Start Board Key Features:
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The i.MX53-Quick Start Board comes with the following items:
_ i.MX53-QUICK START Board
_ microSD Card preloaded with Ubuntu Demonstration Software
_ USB Cable (Standard-A to Micro-B connectors)
_ 5V/2.0A Power Supply
_ Quick Start Guide
_ Documentation DVD
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Figure 3. SABRE Platform Block Diagram
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Figure 4. SABRE platform circuit diagram (1)
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Figure 5. SABRE platform circuit diagram (2)
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Figure 6. SABRE Platform Circuit Diagram (3)
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Figure 7. SABRE platform circuit diagram (4)
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Figure 8. SABRE platform circuit diagram (5)
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Figure 9. SABRE platform circuit diagram (6)
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Figure 10. SABRE Platform Circuit Diagram (7)
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Figure 11. SABRE Platform Circuit Diagram (8)
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Figure 12. SABRE platform circuit diagram (9)
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Figure 13. SABRE Platform Circuit Diagram (10)
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Figure 14. SABRE platform circuit diagram (11)
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Figure 15. SABRE platform circuit diagram (12)
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Figure 16. SABRE platform circuit diagram (13)
SABRE Platform Bill of Materials:
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Figure 17. SABRE Platform Electrical PCB Layout (Top Layer)
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Figure 18. SABRE Platform PCB Layout (Bottom Layer)
For details, see:
http://cache.freescale.com/files/32bit/doc/data_sheet/IMX53AEC.pdf?pspll=1
and
http://cache.freescale.com/files/32bit/doc/user_guide/IMX53QSBRM.pdf
as well as
http://ftp1.digi.com/support/documentation/55001488_A_TS.pdf

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