Tower Board System - A Modular Development Platform

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  • This is an introduction to the Freescale Tower Board System ( A Modular Development Platform ).
  • Welcome to the training module on the Tower Board System. This training module introduces Freescale’s modular, reconfigurable development platform – Tower Board system.
  • The Freescale Tower System is a modular development platform for 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers that enables advanced development through rapid prototyping. As you can see from the diagram, the Tower Board system is made up of two elevator boards on the sides, an MCU/MPU module and up to three peripheral modules. The MCU/MPU modules can work stand alone or within the Tower Board system. This MCU/MPU module features a new open source BDM (background debug module) for easy programming and debugging via a miniB USB cable. Peripheral modules, adding anything from Wi-Fi to a myriad of memory options are available now or in development. The “Functional” elevator provides power regulation while the “Dummy” elevator offers future expansion for more serial interfaces and more complex MPU interfaces.
  • The MCU/MPU module can work as part of the Tower System or stand-alone as a low-cost entry level tool. The MCU/MCU module also focuses sensor or other useful demonstration circuitry on differentiating part features, such as accelerometers. The MCU/MPU modules can be powered via a USB connector. It includes basic interfaces, such as buttons, DIP switches, LEDs, and potentiometers.
  • Peripheral modules have also been developed for serial connectors, memory options, graphical LCDs and others. The Serial Module provides USB, Ethernet, CAN and RS323/485 connectivity solutions. The memory module supports different memory types, including serial Flash, MRAM, SD Card, CompactFlash, and reprogrammable CPLD. The graphical LCD module has a touch screen, SPI interface, memory bus interface, audio buzzer, and bidirectional joystick. These modules and elevator boards combine to make a constantly evolving development system that will serve additional controllers, processors and peripherals.
  • Elevator boards are designed for reduced cost, multiple power sources, and flexibility, such as expansion connectors for attaching an LCD module. The elevator boards use a high performance and low cost PCIe connector. A defined set of digital and analog signals, as well as power, are supplied to all connectors. There are multiple power options with built in isolation. The outward facing side provides access to all signals for probing as well as two expansion connectors for outward facing cards such as an LCD module.
  • The Tower Board system can be purchased as a complete kit including the MCU/MPU device module, serial module and elevator boards, or as individual modules. Therefore, as you expand your Tower system you need only purchase the new MCU/MPU Module or Peripheral Modules appropriate to your application. This allows designer to take full advantage of re-use of your prior investment.
  • In summary, the Tower Board system offers a low cost modular development platform for design engineers. The modular approach offers the building blocks for entry level to advanced development. The system also offers standardized, open source hardware for re-use of existing circuits and rapid prototyping of custom hardware. The interchangeable expansion cards enable and promote re-use of hardware and software across multiple architectures.
  • Thank you for taking the time to view this presentation on “ Tower Board System” . If you would like to learn more or go on to purchase some of these devices, you may either click on the part list link, or simply call our sales hotline. For more technical information you may either visit the Freescale site, or if you would prefer to speak to someone live, please call our hotline number, or even use our ‘live chat’ online facility.
  • Tower Board System - A Modular Development Platform

    1. 1. Tower Board System - A Modular Development Platform <ul><li>Source: Freescale </li></ul>
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To introduce Freescale’s modular, reconfigurable development platform – Tower Board system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tower board system overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different development boards in tower system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9 pages </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Tower System <ul><li>Functional Elevator: </li></ul><ul><li>Common serial and expansion bus signals </li></ul><ul><li>Two 2x80 connectors on backside for easy signal access and side-mounting board (e.g. LCD module) </li></ul><ul><li>Power regulation circuitry </li></ul><ul><li>Standardized signal assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Dummy Elevator: </li></ul><ul><li>Future expansion for more serial interfaces and more complex MPU interfaces (e.g. RGB LCD, audio, enhanced Timer, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Dummy” shown with only GND connectivity. Used for structural integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Board Connectors: </li></ul><ul><li>Four card-edge connectors </li></ul><ul><li>Uses PCI Express connectors (x16, 90mm/3.5” long, 164 pins) </li></ul><ul><li>MCU/MPU Module: </li></ul><ul><li>Tower controller board </li></ul><ul><li>Works stand-alone or in Tower system </li></ul><ul><li>Features new Open Source BDM (OSBDM) for easy programming and debugging via miniB USB cable </li></ul><ul><li>Size : The Tower is approx. 3.5” H x 3.5” W x 3.5” D when fully assembled </li></ul>Peripheral Module
    4. 4. <ul><li>Primary connector carries most common MCU peripheral interface signals (e.g. SPI, SCI/UART, I 2 C, MII, USB, interrupts, (Mini-) Flexbus, GPIO/control signals) </li></ul><ul><li>MCU/MPU modules are designed to work stand-alone as low-cost, entry level tools </li></ul><ul><li>Features basic user interfaces (e.g. push buttons, DIP switches, LEDs, potentiometer, etc.) Features sensor or other useful demonstration circuitry (e.g. accelerometer) </li></ul><ul><li>Debug interface via new OSBDM (on bottom side of board) </li></ul><ul><li>Power and Debug through single USB connector </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary connector defines more channels and additional peripheral interfaces such as LCD controllers, ETPU, and ULPI USB. </li></ul>MCU/MPU Module TWR-MCF51CN 90mm 59mm
    5. 5. Peripheral Modules First three peripheral modules already in design: Serial Module Memory Module Graphical LCD Module <ul><li>RMII/MII Ethernet </li></ul><ul><li>USB Device, Host, and OTG </li></ul><ul><li>CAN </li></ul><ul><li>RS232/485 </li></ul><ul><li>Serial Flash </li></ul><ul><li>MRAM </li></ul><ul><li>SD Card (for memory and SDIO peripherals) </li></ul><ul><li>CompactFlash </li></ul><ul><li>Reprogrammable CPLD </li></ul><ul><li>QVGA </li></ul><ul><li>Touch screen </li></ul><ul><li>SPI Interface </li></ul><ul><li>Memory/parallel bus interface </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Buzzer </li></ul><ul><li>Bidirectional Joystick </li></ul>
    6. 6. Elevator Boards <ul><li>Elevator Boards have high density, high performance, and low cost PCIe connectors </li></ul><ul><li>An Elevator board can connect up to four modules. </li></ul><ul><li>Defined set of digital and analog signals and power are supplied to all connectors. </li></ul><ul><li>There are multiple power options with built in isolation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5V from miniB USB connector, regulated to 3.3V </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3.3V regulated by an MCU/MPU module </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outward facing side provides: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>access to all signals for probing, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>two expansion connectors for outward facing cards (e.g. LCD module) </li></ul></ul>89mm 89mm
    7. 7. MCF51CN Development Modules and Kits Complete Kit CF V1 Ethernet Kit Part Number TWR-MCF51CN-KIT Contents of kit (reference part # below) <ul><li>TWR-MCF51CN </li></ul><ul><li>TWR-SER </li></ul><ul><li>TWR-ELEV </li></ul>Individual Modules CF V1 Ethernet Serial-Ethernet, USB, RS232/485, CAN Elevator Boards Part Number TWR-MCF51CN TWR-SER TWR-ELEV1 Contents of Case <ul><li>MCF51CN Module </li></ul><ul><li>1 USB cable </li></ul><ul><li>DVD </li></ul><ul><li>Lab sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Quick start guide </li></ul><ul><li>Serial module </li></ul><ul><li>1 Ethernet cable </li></ul><ul><li>1 USB cable </li></ul><ul><li>Two elevator boards </li></ul>
    8. 8. Tower System: Summary <ul><li>The Tower offers a low-cost demonstration and development hardware platform. </li></ul><ul><li>Modular hardware provides building blocks from entry-level to advanced development. </li></ul><ul><li>Standardized, open-source hardware enables reuse of existing circuits and rapid prototyping of custom hardware. </li></ul><ul><li>Interchangeable expansion cards enable and promote reuse of hardware and software across multiple architectures. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Additional Resource <ul><li>For ordering the tower system, please click the part list or </li></ul><ul><li>Call our sales hotline </li></ul><ul><li>For additional inquires contact our technical service hotline </li></ul><ul><li>For more product information go to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/overview.jsp?code=TOWER_HOME&fsrch=1 </li></ul></ul>

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