Forlinx has a brand new “OK1028A-C” networking board primarily based on a “FET1028A-C” module that runs Linux on a twin -A72 NXP LS1028A. The SBC options 5x GbE ports with TSN plus an LVDS hyperlink for HMI.
Final 12 months, Forlinx launched the headless OK1043A-C and OK1046A networking SBCs, which run Linux on NXP’s quad-core, Cortex-A53 LS1043A and quad -A72 LS1046A SoCs, respectively. Now, the Chinese language firm has posted particulars on a equally sandwich type OK1028A-C SBC with a FET1028A-C module loaded with a 1.5GHz, dual-core, Cortex-A72 LS1028A. The SBC provides an LVDS interface to allow HMI (Human-Machine Interface) purposes. The boards are supported with Ubuntu 18.04 with Qt 5.9.9.
FET1028A-C (left) and OK1028A-C
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The FET1028A-C module that drives the OK1028A-C SBC helps as much as 5x 2.5GbE ports, in addition to SerDes expertise, however the SBC is proscribed to 5x 1GbE ports. That is in comparison with as much as 6x or 7x 1GbE ports on the OK1043A-C and OK1046A, respectively. These earlier boards additionally function a 10GbE port and the OK1046A provides a 10GbE SFP+ or SFP-GE cage.
In contrast to the sooner boards, the OK1028A-C presents each a show interface and TSN (Time-Delicate Networking). TSN, which is usually used as a less expensive, simpler different to proprietary fieldbus applied sciences, offers Ethernet time synchronization for assured latency and High quality of Service (QoS). The expertise is baked into the Layerscape LS1028A within the type of a 4-port TSN change. TSN was not too long ago launched on the commercial variants amongst Intel’s current Elkhart Lake Atom x-6000 and 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors.
NXP’s dual-core, 1.5Ghz LS1028A, which has a single-core LS1018 sibling, is the one Layerscape SoC with a 3D GPU. There are additionally headless LS1027A and LS1017A variants with no GPU. Different merchandise primarily based on the LS1028A embody MicroSys’ miriac MPX-LS1028A module and miriac SBC-LS1028A-TSN SBC, Kontron’s SMARC-sAL28 module, and TQ-Embedded’s TQMLS1028A module, MBLS1028A-IND SBC, and LBoxLS1028A field PC.
The 65 x 42mm FET1028A-C module ships with 2GB DDR4 and 8GB eMMC and options DP 1.Three and eDP 1.Four interfaces as much as 4Kp60. Different I/O contains as much as 2x USB 3.0, 2x CAN FD, 4x UART, 6x I2C, 6x I2S, 2x SPI, and SD 3.0. The module has a -40 to 85℃ working vary.
FET1028A-C with conceptual diagram exhibiting Ethernet with TSN
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The FET1028A-C offers a 4-port TSN change with 2.5GbE assist in addition to assist for a fifth 2.5GbE port and a GbE port. 5 of those native GbE ports will be configured by SerDes with SATA III and 2x as much as 8GT/s PCIe 3.Zero in varied combos with SGMII and QSGMII Ethernet.
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The OK1028A-C builds on the FET1028A-C’s capabilities with 5x GbE ports with TSN, in addition to a microSD slot, USB 3.Zero host port, 2x CAN-FD ports, SATA III with SATA energy, and a UART debug DB9 port. The LVDS interface is accompanied by a PWM backlight management and a headphone jack and speaker. The CNXSoft put up that alerted us to the OK1028A-C mentions an non-obligatory, 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 show, however we didn’t see it.
OK1028A-C element views
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The OK1028A-C offers a mini-PCIe slot that helps an non-obligatory 5G module and an M.2 B-key slot helps an non-obligatory 4G module, each with the assistance of a SIM card slot. There may be additionally an M.2 E-key module with PCIe Gen2 that helps an non-obligatory, dual-band WiFi module.
Further interfaces embody JTAG, SPI, 3.3V UART, and 2x I2C. The board offers a 12V jack with energy and reset switches, 2x programmable LEDs, and an RTC with battery.
The FET1028A-C module and OK1028A-C SBC seem like accessible at an undisclosed value. Extra info could also be discovered on the Forlinx FET1028A-C and OK1028A-C product pages.