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Please see the NimbeLink documentation for the specific module in use for more detailed information on establishing connection with a cellular network via the modem.
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=== Debian Application Development ===
=== Debian Application Development ===

Revision as of 10:43, 11 October 2019

Note: This manual is incomplete at this time and is subject to change without warning while the TS-7100 is in Engineering Sampling phase.

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1 Overview

The TS-7100 is a small embedded platform with an NXP i.MX6UL 696 MHz CPU with 512 MB DDR3 RAM. It is a low profile, DIN rail mountable, LCD and touch screen application with connectivity and industrial I/O. The TS-7100 can be ordered with soldered down WiFi with built in Bluetooth, our TS-SILO super capacitor technology for safe shutdown upon power loss, and non-volatile FRAM for 2 KiB of storage. There is also support for two USB host ports, support for a 16-bit 240x360 LCD with resistive touch, and eMMC flash.

2 Getting Started

A Linux PC is recommended for development, and will be assumed for this documentation. For users in Windows or OSX we recommend virtualizing a Linux PC. Most of our platforms run Debian and if there is no personal distribution preference this is what we recommend for ease of use.


Suggested Linux Distributions

It may be possible to develop using a Windows or OSX system, but this is not supported. Development will include accessing drives formatted for Linux and often Linux based tools.

2.1 Connect USB Console

The TS-7100 includes a USB device port, this uses a 8051 based microcontroller to create a serial device on a host PC. The serial console is provided through this port at 115200 baud, 8n1, with no flow control. The USB serial device is a CP210x Virtual COM Port. Most operating systems have built-in support for this device. If not however, drivers are available for the device here.

Console from Linux

There are many serial terminal applications for Linux, three common used applications are 'picocom', 'screen', and 'minicom'. These examples demonstrate all three applications and assume that the serial device is "/dev/ttyUSB0" which is common for USB adapters. Be sure to replace the serial device string with that of the device on your workstation.

'picocom' is a very small and simple client.

picocom -b 115200 /dev/ttyUSB0

'screen' is a terminal multiplexer which happens to have serial support.

screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200

Or a very commonly used client is 'minicom' which is quite powerful but requires some setup:

minicom -s
  • Navigate to 'serial port setup'
  • Type "a" and change location of serial device to '/dev/ttyUSB0' then hit "enter"
  • If needed, modify the settings to match this and hit "esc" when done:
     E - Bps/Par/Bits          : 115200 8N1
     F - Hardware Flow Control : No
     G - Software Flow Control : No
  • Navigate to 'Save setup as dfl', hit "enter", and then "esc"

Console from Windows

Putty is a small simple client available for download here. Open up Device Manager to determine your console port. See the putty configuration image for more details.

Device Manager Putty Configuration

2.2 Powering Up

WARNING: Be sure to take appropriate Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) precautions. Disconnect the power source before moving, cabling, or performing any set up procedures. Inappropriate handling may cause damage to the board.

Power input to the TS-7100 is supplied via the power input connector, refer to that section for information on voltage ranges for this device.

Once power is applied to the whole device, there will be output on the debug console port. The following section of the manual provides information on getting the serial console connected.

U-Boot 2016.03-00408-gd450758c91 (Oct 10 2019 - 11:59:08 -0700)

CPU:   Freescale i.MX6UL rev1.2 at 396 MHz
Reset cause: POR
I2C:   ready
DRAM:  512 MiB
Net:   FEC0 [PRIME]
Warning: FEC0 (eth0) using random MAC address - 72:12:64:ca:3e:4a

Press Ctrl+C to abort autoboot in 1 second(s)
starting USB...
USB0:   Port not available.
USB1:   USB EHCI 1.00
scanning bus 1 for devices... 1 USB Device(s) found
       scanning usb for storage devices... 0 Storage Device(s) found
No storage devices, perhaps not 'usb start'ed..?
Booting from the eMMC ...
** File not found /boot/boot.ub **
31526 bytes read in 103 ms (298.8 KiB/s)
5253608 bytes read in 354 ms (14.2 MiB/s)
NO CHRG jumper is set, not waiting

Kernel image @ 0x80800000 [ 0x000000 - 0x500220 ]
## Flattened Device Tree blob at 83000000
   Booting using the fdt blob at 0x83000000
   Using Device Tree in place at 83000000, end 8300a909

Starting kernel ...
Note: The "*** Warning - bad CRC, using default environment" message can be safely ignored when the unit is first booted. This means that no environment variables have been saved to disk, and U-Boot is falling back to the default. If "env save" is run, this will save the environment to disk, and this message will go away unless there is a further issue.

The default U-Boot boot process will check for USB updates before attempting to boot from on-board eMMC. Details about the bootup process, features, and other U-Boot information can be found in the U-Boot sections.

2.3 First Linux Boot

When booting with the default settings, a shipped board will boot to the eMMC. The eMMC by default are pre-programmed with our default Debian 9 Stretch image. After Linux boots it will ask the user to log in with a username and password. This uses "root" as the username with no password. This can be changed after logging in with the command 'passwd' to set an account password. Note that this login will only work over the serial console. Debian SSH defaults to not only disallowing password-less logins, but root logins altogether are denied.

From the Linux prompt, the hardware can be tested out or application development can be begun.

3 U-Boot

TS-7100 U-Boot Sections

4 Debian Stretch(9)

For development, it is recommended to work directly in Debian on the SD card. Debian provides many more packages and a much more familiar environment for users already versed in Debian. Through Debian it is possible to configure the network, use the 'apt-get' suite to manage packages, and perform other configuration tasks. Out of the box the Debian distribution does not have any default username/password set. The account "root" is set up with no password configured. It is possible to log in via the serial console without a password but many services such as ssh will require a password set or will not allow root login at all. It is advised to set a root password and create a user account when the unit is first booted.

Note: Setting up a password for root is only feasible on the uSD image.

It is also possible to cross compile applications. Using a Debian host system will allow for installing a cross compiler to build applications. The advantage of using a Debian host system comes from compiling against libraries. Debian cross platform support allows one to install the necessary development libraries on the host, building the application on the host, and simply installing the runtime libraries on the target device. The library versions will be the same and completely compatible with each other. See the respective Debian cross compiling section for more information.

4.1 Getting Started

The stock image uses a Debian Stretch distribution and Linux kernel version 4.9. The latest image can be downloaded below.

This image can then be written to the on-board eMMC flash in order to be booted on the TS-7100.

4.2 Debian Networking

Note: The first physical port on the TS-4100, socket T1, is given the name "eth1", while the second port, socket T2, is "eth0".

By default, Debian Stretch does not configure any interfaces to be brought up or configured.

Debian can automatically set up the networking based on the contents of "/etc/network/interfaces.d/" files. For example, to enable DHCP for "eth0" by default on startup:

echo "auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp" > /etc/network/interfaces.d/eth0

To set up a static IP:

echo "auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
    gateway" > /etc/network/interfaces.d/eth0
echo "nameserver" > /etc/resolv.conf

To make this take effect immediately for either option:

service networking restart

To configure other interfaces, replace "eth0" with the other network device name. Some interfaces may use predictable interface names. For example, the traditional name for an ethernet port might be "eth1", but some devices may use "enp1s0" for PCIe, or "enx00D069C0FFEE" (the MAC address appended) for USB ethernet interfaces. Run 'ifconfig -a' or 'ip a' to get a complete list of interfaces, including the ones that are not configured.

4.2.1 Debian Wi-Fi Client

Wireless interfaces are also managed with configuration files in "/etc/network/interfaces.d/". For example, to connect as a client to a WPA network with DHCP. Note some or all of this software may already be installed on the target SBC.

Install wpa_supplicant:

apt-get update && apt-get install wpasupplicant -y


wpa_passphrase youressid yourpassword

This command will output information similar to:


Use the hashed PSK in the specific network interfaces file for added security:

echo "auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
    wpa-ssid youressid
    wpa-psk 151790fab3bf3a1751a269618491b54984e192aa19319fc667397d45ec8dee5b" > /etc/network/interfaces.d/wlan0

To have this take effect immediately:

service networking restart

For more information on configuring Wi-Fi, see Debian's guide here.

4.2.2 Debian Wi-Fi Access Point

This section will discuss setting up the WiFi device as an access point that is bridged to an ethernet port. That is, clients can connect to the AP and will be connected to the ethernet network through this network bridge. The ethernet network must provide a DHCP server; this will be passed through the bridge to WiFi client devices as they connect.

It is also possible to run a DHCP client on the platform itself. In this case the hostapd.conf file needs to be set up without bridging and a DHCP server needs to be configured. Refer to Debian's documentation for more details on DHCP server configuration.

The 'hostapd' utility is used to manage the access point of the device. This is usually installed by default, but can be installed with:

apt-get update && apt-get install hostapd -y

Note: The install process may start an unconfigured 'hostapd' process. This process must be killed before moving forward.

Modify the file "/etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf" to have the following lines:

wpa_pairwise=TKIP CCMP
Note: Refer to the kernel's hostapd documentation for more wireless configuration options.

The access point can be started and tested by hand:

hostapd /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf

Systemd auto-start with bridge to eth0

It is possible to configure the auto-start of 'hostapd' through systemd. The configuration outlined below will set up a bridge with "eth0", meaning the Wi-Fi connection is directly connected to the ethernet network. The ethernet network is required to have a DHCP server present and active on it to assign Wi-Fi clients an IP address. This setup will allow Wi-Fi clients access to the same network as the ethernet port, and the bridge interface will allow the platform itself to access the network.

Set up hostapd

First, create the file "/etc/systemd/system/hostapd_user.service" with the following contents:

Description=Hostapd IEEE 802.11 AP

ExecStart=/usr/sbin/hostapd /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf -P /run/hostapd.pid -B


Then enable this in systemd:

systemctl enable hostapd_user.service
systemctl enable systemd-networkd

Set up bridging

Create the following files with the listed contents.









4.2.3 Cellular Data Network NimbeLink Skywire modem

The CN16 XBee Socket is able to support NimbeLink Skywire Embedded modems. Information on setting up and configuring the power and USB interface for Skywire modules can be found here. Please note that there are various models of the Skywire modules that all support different interfaces. These include cdc_ether, cdc_ncm, USB serial, and a simple TTL UART. Both the USB ethernet and NCM interfaces present a network device to the system, while the USB serial and UART interfaces require PPP to manage the connection.

Please see the NimbeLink documentation for the specific module in use for more detailed information on establishing connection with a cellular network via the modem.

4.3 Debian Application Development

4.3.1 Debian Stretch Cross Compiling

Debian Stretch provides cross compilers from the Debian apt repository archive for Debian Stretch. An install on a workstation can build for the same release on other architectures. A Linux desktop or laptop PC, virtual machine, or chroot will need to be used for this. Debian Stretch for a workstation can be downloaded from here.

From a Debian workstation (not the target), run these commands to set up the cross compiler:

# Run "lsb_release -a" and verify Debian 9.X is returned.  These instructions are not
# expected to work on any other version or distribution.
su root
# Not needed for the immediate apt-get install, but used
# so we can install package:armhf for cross compiling
dpkg --add-architecture armhf
apt-get update
apt-get install curl build-essential crossbuild-essential-armhf -y

This will install a toolchain that can be used with the prefix "arm-linux-gnueabihf-". The standard GCC tools will start with that name, eg "arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc".

The toolchain can now compile a simple hello world application. Create hello-world.c on the Debian workstation:

#include <stdio.h>
int main(){
    printf("Hello World\n");

To compile this:

arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc hello-world.c -o hello-world
file hello-world

This will return that the binary created is for ARM. Copy this to the target platform to run it there.

Debian Stretch supports multiarch which can install packages designed for other architectures. On workstations this is how 32-bit and 64-bit support is provided. This can also be used to install armhf packages on an x86 based workstation.

This cross compile environment can link to a shared library from the Debian root. The package would be installed in Debian on the workstation to provide headers and libraries. This is included in most "-dev" packages. When run on the arm target it will also need a copy of the library installed, but it does not need the -dev package.

apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev:armhf

# Download the simple.c example from curl:
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/bagder/curl/master/docs/examples/simple.c
# After installing the supporting library, curl will link as compiling on the unit.
arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc simple.c -o simple -lcurl

Copy the binary to the target platform and run on the target. This can be accomplished with network protocols like NFS, SCP, FTP, etc.

If any created binaries do not rely on hardware support like GPIO or CAN, they can be run using 'qemu'.

# using the hello world example from before:
# Returns Exec format error
apt-get install qemu-user-static

4.4 Debian Installing New Software

Debian provides the apt-get system which allows management of pre-built applications. The apt tools require a network connection to the internet in order to automatically download and install new software. The update command will download a list of the current versions of pre-built packages.

apt-get update

A common example is installing Java runtime support for a system. Find the package name first with search, and then install it.

root@ts:~# apt-cache search openjdk
default-jdk - Standard Java or Java compatible Development Kit
default-jdk-doc - Standard Java or Java compatible Development Kit (documentation)
default-jdk-headless - Standard Java or Java compatible Development Kit (headless)
default-jre - Standard Java or Java compatible Runtime
default-jre-headless - Standard Java or Java compatible Runtime (headless)
jtreg - Regression Test Harness for the OpenJDK platform
libreoffice - office productivity suite (metapackage)
openjdk-8-dbg - Java runtime based on OpenJDK (debugging symbols)
openjdk-8-demo - Java runtime based on OpenJDK (demos and examples)
openjdk-8-doc - OpenJDK Development Kit (JDK) documentation
openjdk-8-jdk - OpenJDK Development Kit (JDK)
openjdk-8-jdk-headless - OpenJDK Development Kit (JDK) (headless)
openjdk-8-jre - OpenJDK Java runtime, using Hotspot JIT
openjdk-8-jre-headless - OpenJDK Java runtime, using Hotspot JIT (headless)
openjdk-8-jre-zero - Alternative JVM for OpenJDK, using Zero/Shark
openjdk-8-source - OpenJDK Development Kit (JDK) source files
uwsgi-app-integration-plugins - plugins for integration of uWSGI and application
uwsgi-plugin-jvm-openjdk-8 - Java plugin for uWSGI (OpenJDK 8)
uwsgi-plugin-jwsgi-openjdk-8 - JWSGI plugin for uWSGI (OpenJDK 8)
uwsgi-plugin-ring-openjdk-8 - Closure/Ring plugin for uWSGI (OpenJDK 8)
uwsgi-plugin-servlet-openjdk-8 - JWSGI plugin for uWSGI (OpenJDK 8)
java-package - Utility for creating Java Debian packages

In this case, the wanted package will likely be the "openjdk-8-jre" package. Names of packages can be found on Debian's wiki pages or the packages site.

With the package name apt-get install can be used to install the prebuilt packages.

apt-get install openjdk-8-jre
# More than one package can be installed at a time.
apt-get install openjdk-8-jre nano vim mplayer

For more information on using apt-get refer to Debian's documentation here.

4.5 Debian Setting up SSH

To install the SSH server, install the package with apt-get:

apt-get install openssh-server

Debian Stretch by default disallows logins directly from the user "root". Additionally, SSH will not allow remote connections without a password or valid SSH key pair. This means in order to SSH to the device, a user account must first be created, and a password set:

useradd --create-home --shell /bin/bash newuser
passwd newuser

After this setup it is now possible to connect to the device as user "newuser" from a remote PC supporting SSH. On Linux/OS X this is the "ssh" command, or from Windows using a client such as PuTTY.

4.6 Debian Starting Automatically

A systemd service can be created to start up headless applications. Create a file in /etc/systemd/system/yourapp.service

Description=Run an application on startup



If networking is a dependency add "After=network.target" in the Unit section. Once you have this file in place add it to startup with:

# Start the app on startup, but will not start it now
systemctl enable yourapp.service

# Start the app now, but doesn't change auto startup
systemctl start yourapp.service
Note: See the systemd documentation for in depth documentation on services.

5 Buildroot Configuration

Note: Incomplete at this time

The full-featured stock image may be too cumbersome for some applications. Applications that require faster bootup time or a smaller root filesystem will benefit greatly from using a lighter distribution like Buildroot. To assist customers heading down this path we have forked a stable snapshot of Buildroot (specifically 2018.02) and have added on top of it everything that is required for operation with one of our products. In order to provide consistency, the Buildroot image we provide and the default configuration are fairly large; but it includes a number of tools that are present on our stock image so that transitioning from one to the other is much easier. The Buildroot configuration could be customized to provide a much smaller footprint with a faster bootup time. Our current buildroot averages about 10 seconds of bootup time (much of this is spent on networking). Reducing the configuration can bring this time down to 5 seconds from power on to login prompt.

5.1 Installing Buildroot

We offer a pre-made filesystem tarball that is based on our default Buildroot configuration. It can downloaded here: ftp://ftp.embeddedarm.com/ts-arm-sbc/ts-7100-linux/distributions/ts7100-Buildroot-2018.02-latest.tar.xz

Using that tarball, it's possible to create a bootable microSD card and a bootable eMMC for the TS-7100.

The default configuration was designed to be as close to our stock Debian distribution. This includes our ts7100-utils like tsmicroctl, our TS-SILO monitor daemon, drivers and firmware for the WiFi and Bluetooth module.

5.2 Building Buildroot

The Buildroot image can be built from source if needed. This process will create a cross compiler, use that to build all target applications including the kernel, and then create a filesystem tarball of a bootable image. The following instructions can be used to build Buildroot.

Clone the repository:

git clone https://github.com/embeddedarm/buildroot-2018.02
cd buildroot-2018.02/

Configure the build:

make ts7100_defconfig

At this point, the default configuration can be modified if desired:

make menuconfig

And finally, start the build process:


The buildroot process can take a large amount of time to build, depending on available system resources. Note that if any changes occur in the config file, it is recommended to clean the build tree and start the process over. Additionally, ccache is enabled by default in the default configuration. This will speed up a re-build of Buildroot after a clean. However it will take up additional hard drive space, and if any changes are made to the cross compiler configuration the ccache directory must be removed first. See the Buildroot manual for more information about ccache and Buildroot.

Once it is finished building, Buildroot will output a filesystem tarball to "output/images/rootfs.tar.xz". This file can be used with Installing Buildroot in lieu of the tarball provided on our FTP site.

5.3 Configuring the Network

Buildroot implements the 'ip', 'ifconfig', and 'route' commands to manipulate the settings of interfaces. The first ethernet interface is set up to come up automatically with our default configuration. The interfaces can also be manually set up:

# Bring up the CPU network interface
ifconfig eth0 up

# Set an ip address (assumes subnet mask)
ifconfig eth0

# Set a specific subnet
ifconfig eth0 netmask

# Configure your route.  This is the server that provides your internet connection.
route add default gw

# Edit /etc/resolv.conf for your DNS server
echo "nameserver" > /etc/resolv.conf

Most commonly, networks will offer DHCP which can be set up with one command:

# To setup the default CPU ethernet port
udhcpc -i eth0
# You can configure all ethernet ports for a DHCP response with

To have network settings take effect on startup in Buildroot, edit /etc/network/interfaces:

# interface file auto-generated by buildroot

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
  pre-up /etc/network/nfs_check
  wait-delay 15
Note: The default network startup may timeout on some networks. This can be resolved by adding either of the following under the "iface eth0 inet dhcp" section: "udhcpc_opts -t 0" to infinitely retry, or "udhcpc_opts -t 5" to fail after five attempts.

See the man page for interfaces(5) for further information on the syntax of the file.

For more information on network configuration in general, Debian provides a great resource here that can be readily applied to Buildroot in most cases.

5.4 Installing New Software

By default, Buildroot does not include a package manager. This means installing software directly on the platform can be cumbersome and is not the intended path. It is possible to modify the Buildroot configuration to include additional packages. See the Building Buildroot section for information on adding new packages.

If a desired package is not available in Buildroot, there are a number of options available when moving forward. It is possible to add packages to the build process, though this does require some knowledge of Buildroot internals. Another option is to use the cross compiler that is output by buildroot in order to compile packages on a host system and then copy them over to the target. It is also possible to install a toolchain directly on the device, and compile applications natively. The last option is the least recommended as it greatly increases the final image size and adds unnecessary complexity.

5.5 Setting up SSH

The default configuration has Dropbear set up. Dropbear is a lightweight SSH server.

Make sure the device is configured on the network and set a password for the remote user. SSH will not allow remote connections without a password set. The default configuration does not set a password for the root user, nor are any other users configured.

passwd root

After this setup it is now possible to connect from a remote PC supporting SSH. On Linux/OS X this is the "ssh" command, or from Windows using a client such as putty.

5.6 Starting Automatically

From Buildroot the most straightforward way to add an application to startup is to create a startup script. This is an example simple startup script that will toggle the red led on during startup, and off during shutdown. In this case the file is named customstartup, but you can replace this with any application name as well.

Edit the file /etc/init.d/S99customstartup to contain the following. Be sure to set the script as executable!

#! /bin/sh
# /etc/init.d/customstartup

case "$1" in
    echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/red-led/brightness
    ## If you are launching a daemon or other long running processes
    ## this should be started with
    # nohup /usr/local/bin/yourdaemon &
    # if you have anything that needs to run on shutdown
    echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/red-led/brightness
    echo "Usage: customstartup start|stop" >&2
    exit 3
exit 0
Note: The $PATH variable is not set up by default in init scripts so this will either need to be done manually or the full path to your application must be included.

To manually start and stop the script:

/etc/init.d/S99customstartup start
/etc/init.d/S99customstartup stop

6 Backup / Restore

6.1 Creating A Production Image

It is usually desired to create a golden image to use for unit production after development is complete. This process can vary greatly from application to application but there are a few steps that are going to be most often wanted. These include cleaning up temporary files, removing files that should be unique and re-generated on the first boot (SSH keys, machine-id files, etc.), setting up the hostname, and so on. We have created a script that will automate most of this process and provides hooks for additional scripts to be called as well. The script is simply passed the device node of the development disk or an existing .dd file. From this, it will create a new .dd file based on the partition scheme with all modifications made to the new image. The image source is left completely untouched and is read only. The script also assumes that the last partition on the disk is the bootable linux partition. If this is not the case or there are multiple partitions that are used in the end application, the script will need to be modified in order to accommodate this fact.

Note: The script uses output from various commands. The output format of linux utilities can vary greatly from distribution to distribution, or even within versions of the distribution. It is strongly recommended to verify the final processed image contains everything necessary for the application and that all processes completed without issue.

The simplest use of the script is:

./prep_customer_image /dev/sdX <output base name>

Note that "/dev/sdX" will need to be changed accordingly. Be sure to pass the whole disk and not just a partition.

The "<output base name>" is used as the base for all files output. For example, if "TechnologicSystems-latest" was used, then the compressed tarball output would be named "TechnologicSystems-latest.tar.bz2" (or it may end with ".tar.xz" depending on the compression used by the script). If no base name is provided, then the current date is used.

Additionally, there are two hooks available in the 'prep_customer_image' script, "prep" and "post". The top of the file has two variables, `PREP_SCRIPTS=""` and `POST_SCRIPTS=""`. Adding in a space separated list of script names to those variables will cause them to be called in order. For example, setting `PREP_SCRIPTS="add_application change_hostname"` will cause the 'prep_customer_image' script to run through its initial steps, then call './add_application', then call './change_hostname', and then will continue with the rest of the script steps.

Every script for "prep" and "post" is called with a single argument, the name of the image file. This specifically will be "<output base name>.dd". At the time of calling the prep scripts, the folder "./mount_point/" will have the last partition of the image file mounted as read/write. It is not wise to modify the image file directly since it is already mounted. All of the post scripts are called after the last partition of the image file is unmounted. This can be useful for creating additional file outputs, extracting specific partition images, etc., from the image itself. We have used these hooks in the past to remove special files and create additional images for our DoubleStore based devices.

It is also possible to run this script directly on the device when booted. This can be used to take an image of eMMC for example, when booted from the SD card. We always recommend doing initial development on SD, creating an image from that on a host PC, and then transferring it to the eMMC. This process makes development and image creation faster. If using the 'prep_customer_image' script from a booted device, be sure there is enough free space as the script creates a disk image of the target disk and then copies that in to a tarball, compressing everything as the final step.

The "prep_customer_image" script can be found in the TS-7100 utilities github.

6.2 eMMC

{{Note|Incomplete at this time}

6.2.1 U-Boot UMS (USB mass storage)

U-Boot on the TS-4100 supports the "ums" command to allow the eMMC device (or SD card, or USB device) to be accessible directly on a host PC via USB mass storage. This method is generally slower than direct access from Linux when booted from SD on TS-4100itself, but it allows for direct updating of the flash media from a host device.

Note: When using this method, do not write the last sector of the disk. This will cause the U-Boot UMS command to return as it thinks the whole disk has now been written and the disk imaging process has completed. The instructions below take this in to account by setting up the partition table to never include the last sector of the disk and the tools used have been selected to ensure that the last sector is not written at any time during the partition table setup.

It is recommended to use a host PC with a native linux install. It has been observed that some VMs fail to correctly pass-through the USB device created in U-Boot for UMS.

In order to use this method, enter the U-Boot shell while connected to the TS-4100 via the USB serial interface. Insert the proper USB cable between the host PC and the USB OTG port, and enter the U-Boot command:

ums 0 mmc 1

Note that the instructions use a bash variable to define the device node; this allows the commands to be copy/pasted as-is to a terminal or in a script. Ensure that the correct device node is passed! The node "/dev/sdX" is used in the example below, update that line to use the correct whole-device node.

# Update this variable to match the specific device node as it appears on your PC!
export UMS_DEV="/dev/sdX"

# Verify nothing else has the partition mounted
sudo umount "${UMS_DEV}"1

# Remove, and re-set the partition table, ensuring there is a single partition that ends just before the last sector of disk
sudo dd if=/dev/zero bs=512 count=1 of="${UMS_DEV}"
sudo echo 'label: dos' | sfdisk "${UMS_DEV}"
sudo parted -s -a optimal "${UMS_DEV}" mkpart primary ext3 0% 99%
sudo mkfs.ext3 -F "${UMS_DEV}"1

# Mount, unpack filesystem tarball, and flush all cached data
sudo mkdir /mnt/emmc
sudo mount "${UMS_DEV}"1 /mnt/emmc
wget http://ftp.embeddedarm.com/ftp/ts-socket-macrocontrollers/ts-4100-linux/distributions/debian/ts4100-armhf-stretch-latest.tar.xz
sudo tar -xJf debian/ts4100-armhf-stretch-latest.tar.xz -C /mnt/emmc
sudo umount /mnt/emmc
Note: The ext4 filesystem can be used instead of ext3, but it may require additional options. U-Boot does not support the 64bit addressing added as the default behavior in recent revisions of mkfs.ext4. If using e2fsprogs 1.43 or newer, the options "-O ^64bit,^metadata_csum" must be used with ext4 for proper compatibility. Older versions of e2fsprogs do not need these options passed nor are they needed for ext3.

Once written, the files on disk can be verified to ensure they are the same as the source files in the archive. To do so, run the following commands (Note that this expects to have the bash variable still set up from above):

sudo mount "${UMS_DEV}"1 /mnt/emmc
cd /mnt/emmc/
sudo md5sum --quiet -c md5sums.txt
cd -
sudo umount /mnt/emmc

The md5sum command will report what differences there are, if any, and return if it passed or failed.

At this point, the device is unmounted and is sync'ed. The TS-4100 can safely be powered off. Be sure to disconnect the USB cable as well to ensure the system is fully powered off.

6.2.2 Booted from USB/NFS

These instructions assume the TS-4100 is booted from SD card all the way to Linux. They also assume that the eMMC is unmodified, with a single partition. If the partition table has been modified, a utility such as 'gparted' or 'fdisk' may be needed to remove the existing partition table and recreate it with a single partition. Note that the partition table must be "MBR" or "msdos", the "GPT" partition table format is not supported by U-Boot.

# Verify nothing else has the partition mounted
umount /dev/mmcblk1p1

mkfs.ext3 /dev/mmcblk1p1
mount /dev/mmcblk1p1 /mnt/emmc
wget http://ftp.embeddedarm.com/ftp/ts-socket-macrocontrollers/ts-4100-linux/distributions/debian/ts4100-armhf-stretch-latest.tar.xz
tar -xf ts4100-armhf-stretch-latest.tar.xz -C /mnt/emmc
umount /mnt/emmc
Note: The ext4 filesystem can be used instead of ext3, but it may require additional options. U-Boot does not support the 64bit addressing added as the default behavior in recent revisions of mkfs.ext4. If using e2fsprogs 1.43 or newer, the options "-O ^64bit,^metadata_csum" must be used with ext4 for proper compatibility. Older versions of e2fsprogs do not need these options passed nor are they needed for ext3.

Once written, the files on disk can be verified to ensure they are the same as the source files in the archive. To do so, run the following commands:

mount /dev/mmcblk1p1 /mnt/emmc
cd /mnt/emmc/
md5sum --quiet -c md5sums.txt
cd -
umount /mnt/emmc

The 'md5sum' command will report any differences between files and their checksums. Any differences are an indication of failure to write data or a damaged disk.

7 Compile the Kernel

Compiling the kernel requires an armhf toolchain. We recommend development under Debian Stretch which includes an armhf compiler in the repositories. See the Debian Stretch cross compilation section for instructions on installing a proper cross compiler.

git clone git clone https://github.com/embeddedarm/linux-4.9.y
cd linux-4.9.y

# These next commands set up some necessary environment variables
export ARCH=arm
export CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabihf-
export LOADADDR=0x80800000

# This sets up the default configuration that we ship with
make tsimx6ul_defconfig

## Make any changes in "make menuconfig" or driver modifications, then compile
make && make zImage && make modules

The following will install the kernel and modules to a temporary directory, and then pack them up in to a single tarball:

TEMPDIR=$(mktemp -d)
mkdir "${TEMPDIR}/boot/"
cp arch/arm/boot/zImage "${TEMPDIR}"/boot/zImage
cp arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6ul*ts*.dtb  "${TEMPDIR}"/boot/
INSTALL_MOD_PATH="${TEMPDIR}" make modules_install
make headers_install INSTALL_HDR_PATH="${TEMPDIR}"
tar czf linux-tsimx6ul-"$(date +"%Y%m%d")"-"$(git describe --abbrev=8 --dirty --always)".tar.gz -C "${TEMPDIR}" .
rm -rf "${TEMPDIR}"

This will output a tarball with the kernel version and short git hash, as well as the date the tarball was created. For example "linux-tsimx6ul-20190823-v4.9.171-60-g01e2117e.tar.gz"

This tarball can be directly unpacked to the root folder of a bootable media for the device. It is also possible to unpack it directly on a booted system, however we do not recommend doing so on an active deployed system without extensive testing.

# Unpack it to a mounted disk, this assumes the disk is mounted to "/mnt"
tar xf linux-tsimx6ul...tar.gz -C /mnt

# Unpack it to the root directory of a booted system
tar xf linux-tsimx6ul...tar.gz -C /

8 Production Mechanism

The TS-7100's U-Boot has the ability to locate and run a U-Boot script file named /tsinit.ub on the root of a USB drive. This process occurs when attempting to boot to the U-Boot shell. If this script exists, U-Boot will load and run it automatically. This is intended for the initial production of units and allows mass programming various media from a USB mass storage device.

The USB blasting image can be downloaded here. This includes a basic linux kernel and a small initramfs that will mount the USB drive at /mnt/usb/ and execute /mnt/usb/blast.sh.

The blast image and scripts require a minimum of 50 MB; this plus any disk images or tarballs used dictate the minimum disk size required. The USB drive must have at least 1 partition, with the first partition being formatted ext2/3 or fat32/vfat.

Note: The ext4 filesystem can be used instead of ext3, but it may require additional options. U-Boot does not support the 64bit addressing added as the default behavior in recent revisions of mkfs.ext4. If using e2fsprogs 1.43 or newer, the options "-O ^64bit,^metadata_csum" must be used with ext4 for proper compatibility. Older versions of e2fsprogs do not need these options passed nor are they needed for ext3.
# This assumes USB drive is /dev/sdc:
sudo mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdc1
sudo mkdir /mnt/usb/
sudo mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/usb/
sudo tar --numeric-owner -xf /path/to/tsimx6ul_usb_blaster-latest.tar.bz2 -C /mnt/usb/

At this point, disk images or tarballs would be copied to the /mnt/usb/ folder and named as noted below. The latest disk images we provide can be downloaded from our FTP site, see the backup and restore section for links to these files. Note that the script expects images and tarballs to have specific names. When using an ext* filesystem, symlinks can be used.

The formatted USB drive boots into a small buildroot initramfs environment with filesystem and partitioning tools installed. This can be used to format SD, eMMC, or other disks. The buildroot starts up and calls /blast.sh on the USB device. By default this script is set up to look for a number of of specific files on the USB disk and write to media on the host device. Upon completion of the script the green or red LEDs will blink to visually indicate a pass or fail of the script. This script can be used without modification to write images from USB with these filenames:

SD Card sdimage.tar.bz2 Tar of the filesystem. This will repartition the SD card to 1 ext4 partition and extract this tar to the filesystem. If present, a /md5sums.txt will be checked and every file can be verified on the filesystem. This md5sums file is optional and can be omitted, but it must not be blank if present.
sdimage.dd.bz2 Disk image of the card. This will be written to mmcblk0 directly. If present a sdimage.dd.md5 will cause the written data on the SD card to be read back and verified against this checksum.
eMMC emmcimage.tar.bz2 Tar of the filesystem. This will repartition the eMMC to 1 ext4 partition and extract this tar to the filesystem. If present, a /md5sums.txt will be checked and every file can be verified on the filesystem. This md5sums file is optional and can be omitted, but it must not be blank if present.
emmcimage.dd.bz2 Disk image of the card. This will be written to mmcblk1 directly. If present a emmcimage.dd.md5 will cause the written data on the eMMC to be read back and verified against this checksum.

Most users should be able to use the above script without modification. Our buildroot sources are available from our github repo. To build the whole setup and create a USB drive, the following commands can be used. This will wipe any data on the specified partition and replace it with an ext2 formatted filesystem. This filesystem will have all of the necessary files written to it to create a bootable USB drive. Note that this must be the first partition of the disk.

# Assuming /dev/sdc1 is your usb drive's first partition
make tsimx6ul_defconfig && make && sudo ./make_usb_prog.sh /dev/sdc1 tsimx6ul

9 Features

9.1 Battery Backed RTC

The TS-7100 implements a M41T00S STMicro Battery Backed RTC using an external and replaceable coin cell battery. This RTC is connected to the CPU via I2C and is handled by the kernel and is presented as a standard RTC device in linux.

9.2 Bluetooth

The Wi-Fi option for the unit also includes a bluetooth 4.0 LE module. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can be active at the same time. However, in order for bluetooth to function the Wi-Fi device must first be brought up to load the necessary firmware. After the Wi-Fi is active, the Bluetooth module can be activated with the following commands:

# Ensure that the Wi-Fi device is active
ifconfig wlan0 up 
# Enable Bluetooth, and load the driver firmware
echo BT_POWER_UP > /dev/wilc_bt
echo BT_DOWNLOAD_FW > /dev/wilc_bt
echo BT_FW_CHIP_WAKEUP > /dev/wilc_bt

hciattach /dev/ttymxc2 any 115200 noflow
hciconfig hci0 up
hcitool cmd 0x3F 0x0053 00 10 0E 00 01
stty -F /dev/ttymxc2 921600 crtscts

The Bluetooth module is now set up, and is running at 921600 baud with full flow control. At this point, the device is fully set up and can be controlled with various components of bluez-tools. For example, to do a scan of nearby devices:

hcitool lescan

This will return a list of devices such as:

3C:A3:08:XX:XX:XX Device_Name

Bluez has support for many different profiles for HID, A2DP, and many more. Refer to the Bluez documentation for more information.

Please note that the Bluetooth module requires the modem control lines CTS and RTS as flow control.

The module supports some other commands as well:

# Allow the BT chip to enter sleep mode
echo BT_FW_CHIP_ALLOW_SLEEP > /dev/wilc_bt

# Power down the BT radio when not in use
echo BT_POWER_DOWN > /dev/wilc_bt

9.3 CAN

The i.MX6UL CPU has two FlexCAN ports that use the linux SocketCAN implementation. The ports can be set up and used with the following commands:

ip link set can0 up type can bitrate 1000000

The CAN transceivers are automatically controlled by the kernel. If either of the interfaces are brought up in linux then both transceivers will be enabled together. When both interfaces are brought down, then the transceivers will be disabled. By default when the kernel boots, the interfaces are down, and therefore the transceivers are disabled.

At this point the ports can be used with standard SocketCAN libraries. In Debian we provide the utilities 'cansend' and 'candump' to test the ports or as a simple packet send/receive tool. In order to test the two ports together, tie CAN_H of both CAN ports together, doing the same for the CAN_L pins. Then use the following commands:

candump can0 &
cansend can1 7Df#03010c
#This command will return
  can0  7DF  [3] 03010c

The above example packet is designed to work with the Ozen Elektronik myOByDic 1610 ECU simulator to read the RPM speed. In this case, the ECU simulator would return data from candump with:

 <0x7e8> [8] 04 41 0c 60 40 00 00 00 
 <0x7e9> [8] 04 41 0c 60 40 00 00 00 

In the output above, columns 6 and 7 are the current RPM value. This shows a simple way to prove out the communication before moving to another language.

The following example sends the same packet and parses the same response in C:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <pthread.h>
#include <net/if.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <net/if.h>
#include <sys/ioctl.h>
#include <assert.h>
#include <linux/can.h>
#include <linux/can/raw.h>

int main(void)
	int s;
	int nbytes;
	struct sockaddr_can addr;
	struct can_frame frame;
	struct ifreq ifr;
	struct iovec iov;
	struct msghdr msg;
	char ctrlmsg[CMSG_SPACE(sizeof(struct timeval)) + CMSG_SPACE(sizeof(__u32))];
	char *ifname = "can0";
	if((s = socket(PF_CAN, SOCK_RAW, CAN_RAW)) < 0) {
		perror("Error while opening socket");
		return -1;
	strcpy(ifr.ifr_name, ifname);
	ioctl(s, SIOCGIFINDEX, &ifr);
	addr.can_family  = AF_CAN;
	addr.can_ifindex = ifr.ifr_ifindex;
	if(bind(s, (struct sockaddr *)&addr, sizeof(addr)) < 0) {
		return -2;
 	/* For the ozen myOByDic 1610 this requests the RPM guage */
	frame.can_id  = 0x7df;
	frame.can_dlc = 3;
	frame.data[0] = 3;
	frame.data[1] = 1;
	frame.data[2] = 0x0c;
	nbytes = write(s, &frame, sizeof(struct can_frame));
	if(nbytes < 0) {
		return -3;

	iov.iov_base = &frame;
	msg.msg_name = &addr;
	msg.msg_iov = &iov;
	msg.msg_iovlen = 1;
	msg.msg_control = &ctrlmsg;
	iov.iov_len = sizeof(frame);
	msg.msg_namelen = sizeof(struct sockaddr_can);
	msg.msg_controllen = sizeof(ctrlmsg);  
	msg.msg_flags = 0;

	do {
		nbytes = recvmsg(s, &msg, 0);
		if (nbytes < 0) {
			return -4;

		if (nbytes < (int)sizeof(struct can_frame)) {
			fprintf(stderr, "read: incomplete CAN frame\n");
	} while(nbytes == 0);

	if(frame.data[0] == 0x4)
		printf("RPM at %d of 255\n", frame.data[3]);
	return 0;

See the Kernel's CAN documentation here. Other languages have bindings to access CAN such as Python using C-types, Java using JNI.

9.4 CPU

This device features the i.MX6UL 696MHz Cortex-A7 from NXP. For more information about the processor and its included peripherals, refer to the CPU manual.

9.5 DIO

Note: This section is incomplete at this time.

9.6 eMMC Interface

The i.MX6UL SD card controller supports the MMC specification, the TS-7100 includes a soldered down eMMC IC to provide on-board flash media.

Our default software image contains 2 partitions:

Device Contents
/dev/mmcblk0 eMMC block device
/dev/mmcblk0boot0 eMMC boot partition
/dev/mmcblk0boot1 eMMC boot partition
/dev/mmcblk0p1 Full Debian linux partition

This platform includes an eMMC device, a soldered down MMC flash device. Our off the shelf builds are 4GiB, but up to 64GiB are available for customized builds. The eMMC flash appears to Linux as an SD card at /dev/mmcblk1. Our default programming of the eMMC is the same as the SD card image for standard partitions, but includes additional boot partitions that are used by U-Boot and are not affected by the eMMC partition table.

The eMMC module has a similar concern by default to SD cards in that they should not be powered down during a write/erase cycle. However, this eMMC module includes support for setting a fuse for a "Write Reliability" mode, and a "psuedo SLC (pSLC)" mode. With both of these enabled all writes will be atomic to 512 B and each NAND cell will be treated as a single layer rather than a multi-layer cell. If a sector is being written during a power loss, a block is guaranteed to have either the old or new data. Even in cases where the wrong data is present on the next boot, fsck is often able to deal with the older data being present in a 512 B block. The downsides to setting these modes are that it will reduce the overall write speed and halve the available space on the eMMC to roughly 1.759 GiB. Please note that even with these settings, Technologic Systems strongly recommends designing the end application to eliminate any situations where a power-loss event can occur while any disk is mounted as read/write. The TS-SILO option for the TS-7100 can help to eliminate the dangerous situation.

The mmc-utils package is used to enable these modes. The command is pre-installed on the latest image. Additionally we have created a script to safely enable the write reliability and pSLC modes. Since the U-Boot binary and environment reside on the eMMC, care must be taken to save the current state of the boot partitions, enable the modes, restore the boot partitions, and re-enable proper booting options. This script can be used in combination with the production mechanism scripting to complete these steps as part of an end application production process.

WARNING: Enabling these modes causes all data on the disk to become invalid and must be rewritten. Do not attempt to run the 'mmc' commands from the script individually, all steps in the script must occur as they are or the unit may be unable to boot. If there are any failures of the script, care must be taken to resolve any issues while the unit is still booted or it may fail to boot in the future.
Note: Enabling these modes is a one-way operation, it is not possible to undo them once they are made. Because of this, setting these eMMC modes will invalidate Technologic Systems' return/replacement warranty on the unit. See the warranty section for more information on this.

The 'emmc_reliability' script can be found in the TS-7100 utilities github repository.

The script must be run when boot from any media other than eMMC, such as SD, NFS, or USB. No partition of the eMMC disk can be mounted when these commands are run. Doing so may result in corruption or inability for the unit to boot. Once the pSLC mode is enabled, all data on the disk will become invalid. This means the partition table will need to be re-created, the filesystems formatted, and all filesystem contents re-written to disk. This is why we recommend using this script in conjunction with the production mechanism scripting. The 'emmc_reliability' script can be run first, then the rest of the production script can create and format the partitions as well as write data to disk.

The script requires a single argument, the device node of the eMMC disk, and will output verbosely to stderr. Any specific errors will also be printed out on stderr.

Example usage:

./emmc_reliability /dev/mmcblk1

Upon successful run, the script will return 0. Any errors will return a positive code. See the script for detailed error code information.

9.7 Ethernet Ports

The NXP processor implements two 10/100 ethernet controllers with support built into the Linux kernel. Standard Linux utilities such as ifconfig/ip can be used to control this interface. See the Configuring the Network section for more details. For the specifics of this interface see the CPU manual.

9.8 FRAM

The unit supports an optional non-volatile Ferroelectric RAM (FRAM) device. The Fujitsu MB85RS16N is a 2kbyte device, in a configuration not unlike an SPI EEPROM. However, the nature of FRAM means it is non-volatile, incredibly fast to write, and is specified with 1 trillion read/write cycles per each byte and a 200 year data retention. The device is connected to Linux and presents itself as a flat file that can be read and written like any standard Linux file.

The EEPROM file can be found at /sys/bus/spi/devices/spi32766.0/eeprom

9.9 I2C

The i.MX6UL supports standard I2C at 100khz, or using fast mode for 400khz operation.

The kernel makes the I2C available at /dev/i2c-# as noted above. Linux i2c-tools (i2cdetect, i2cget, i2cset) can be used to interface with devices, or custom clients can be written.

9.10 LCD

9.10.1 Splash Screen

The LCD on this device is able to display a customizable splash screen immediately after power on. This is accomplished by the on-board FPGA reading data from an SPI NOR flash device, and writing it directly to the LCD in its SPI mode. This image is then left on the screen during the rest of the bootup process until the kernel takes over and drives the LCD in parallel RGB mode. The SPI NOR flash can be updated from userspace in Linux to write the new splash screen data.

Since the LCD is a 240x320 display, the final image needs to be formatted to fit this resolution and put in a binary format that the LCD can properly display. We have created a simple script to accomplish this. The script uses ImageMagick's 'convert' tool, as well as 'gcc'. The script will take an input file, translate it to fit the display, build a small tool from C sources, run the translated image through said tool in order to put the image in the correct byte ordering, and then clean up all temporary files. Additionally, a PNG image is output by the tool to be used as a sample reference of what the translated image looks like.

A simple conversion would look like the following:

./splash-convert Logo.png

# Background color can also be passed:
./splash-convert -background blue NewLogo.jpg

# Any arguments to 'convert' can be arbitrarily passed:
./splash-convert -rotate 120 Logo.png

This will output "splash.out" which can be written directly to the SPI NOR flash as well as "splash.png" which is a sample image of what the splash screen will look like. Since ImageMagick is used to do the heavy lifting of the conversion process, the input file can be of nearly any image format.

The 'splash-convert' tool is available in the TS-7100 utilities repository.

The "splash.out" file can be written to the SPI NOR flash with the following command:

dd if=/path/to/splash.out of=/dev/mtdblock0 bs=4096 conv=sync

Note that the "bs" and "conv" arguments should always be specified when writing to this SPI NOR device with 'dd' to ensure that the eraseblocks do not receive unnecessary erases and that a full eraseblock is written every time.

Also note that on the TS-7100, the SPI NOR flash is 2 MiB but the splash screen only consumes 152 KiB of space. The rest of this flash space can be used for general storage if wanted.

9.11 LEDs

The red and green LEDs can be controlled from userspace after bootup using the sysfs LED interface. For example, to turn on the red LED:

echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/cpu-red-led/brightness

The following LEDs are available on this system:

  • cpu-red-led
  • cpu-green-led
  • io-red-led
  • io-green-led

A number of triggers are also available, including timers, disk activity, and heartbeat. These allow the LEDs to represent various system activities as they occur. See the kernel LED documentation for more information on triggers and general use of LED class devices.

9.12 Reboot Source

The supervisory microcontroller is capable of saving and displaying the reason for the most recent reboot. This can be used to detect various errors that may occur in the field, as well as simple accounting of events. The source can be queried with tsmicroctl:

tsmicroctl -i


Possible sources and causes are:

Source Possible causes
poweron Power removed, Super Caps discharged, and then power applied
brownout[1] Like "poweron," however the SuperCaps have not fully discharged.
WDT WDT timeout; reboot command (which reboots via WDT)
sleep The system has woken up from a sleep command
  1. This situation is rare due to how the microcontroller handles TS-SILO. A loss of external power with safe shutdown will result in a "WDT" event.

9.13 Relay

9.14 Sleep

9.14.1 Suspend-to-RAM

9.15 SPI

See the kernel spidev documentation for more information on interfacing with the SPI peripherals.

9.16 SuperCaps

9.17 UARTs

9.17.1 RS-485

9.18 USB

The TS-7100 offers multiple USB 2.0 host ports as well as OTG compatible ports. An on-board USB hub breaks out the host ports to multiple places, allowing the use of various devices. There is a single external USB A port, and a single internal USB A port. The internal port is provided by a USB A jack that is mounted in such a way to lay the connected USB dongle over the PCB, allowing most dongles to be contained within the TS-7100 enclosure without issue.

The TS-7100 has a single exposed USB B female device socket. By default, this USB device is the USB serial interface as provided by the supervisory microcontroller; however it is possible to route this USB interface to the CPU USB OTG port and enable USB gadget usage.

Power to the USB internal and external host ports can be controlled with the LED subsystem under the LED device: /sys/class/leds/en-usb-5v/ By writing to the "brightness" file in that folder a value greater than 0, it will enable USB power, setting it to 0 will turn it off. See the DIO section of the manual for more information on this.

9.18.1 USB Gadget

9.19 Watchdog

The TS-7100 implements a WDT inside the supervisory microcontroller. A standard kernel WDT driver is in place that feeds the WDT via the I2C bus. As soon as the kernel starts it will start the WDT and feed it on 30 second timeouts every 15 seconds. If a userspace application opens and uses the watchdog file the kernel will stop auto-feeding and the user application is now responsible for feeding the WDT. The kernel driver supports the "Magic Close" feature of the WDT. This means that a 'V' character must be fed in to the watchdog file before the file is closed in order to disable the WDT. If this does not happen then the WDT is not stopped and it will continue it's countdown. Additionally, if the kernel is compiled with CONFIG_WATCHDOG_NOWAYOUT then the WDT can never be stopped once it is started at boot.

See the Linux WDT API documentation for more information.

9.20 WIFI

This board uses an ATWILC3000-MR110CA IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Link Controller Module With Integrated Bluetooth® 4.0. Linux provides support for this module using the wilc3000 driver.

Summary features:

  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n RF/PHY/MAC SOC
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (1x1) for up to 72 Mbps PHY rate
  • Single spatial stream in 2.4GHz ISM band
  • Integrated PA and T/R Switch Integrated Chip Antenna
  • Superior Sensitivity and Range via advanced PHY signal processing
  • Advanced Equalization and Channel Estimation
  • Advanced Carrier and Timing Synchronization
  • Wi-Fi Direct and Soft-AP support
  • Supports IEEE 802.11 WEP, WPA, and WPA2 Security
  • Supports China WAPI security
  • Operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C

10 Specifications

10.1 Power Specifications

The TS-7100 accepts a range of voltages from 5 V to 28 V DC. Note that there is a dead zone around 5.4 V as this is the transition point from directly accepting 5 V input to changing over to the switching regulator that can accept up to 28 V. The full voltage range is accepted on the same set of power input pins.

Input Min voltage Max voltage
5 V input range 4.7 5.3
28 V input range 5.6 28

10.2 Power Consumption

10.2.1 TS-SILO SuperCaps

11 External Interfaces

12 Revisions and Changes

12.1 Microcontroller Changelog

12.2 PCB Revisions

12.3 Software Images

12.3.1 Stock Images

12.3.2 Linux 4.9.y Images

12.4 U-Boot

13 Product Notes

13.1 FCC Advisory

This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and if not installed and used properly (that is, in strict accordance with the manufacturer's instructions), may cause interference to radio and television reception. It has been type tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device in accordance with the specifications in Part 15 of FCC Rules, which are designed to provide reasonable protection against such interference when operated in a commercial environment. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause interference, in which case the owner will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.

If this equipment does cause interference, which can be determined by turning the unit on and off, the user is encouraged to try the following measures to correct the interference:

Reorient the receiving antenna. Relocate the unit with respect to the receiver. Plug the unit into a different outlet so that the unit and receiver are on different branch circuits. Ensure that mounting screws and connector attachment screws are tightly secured. Ensure that good quality, shielded, and grounded cables are used for all data communications. If necessary, the user should consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions. The following booklets prepared by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may also prove helpful:

How to Identify and Resolve Radio-TV Interference Problems (Stock No. 004-000-000345-4) Interface Handbook (Stock No. 004-000-004505-7) These booklets may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.

13.2 Limited Warranty

Technologic Systems warrants this product to be free of defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase. During this warranty period Technologic Systems will repair or replace the defective unit in accordance with the following process:

A copy of the original invoice must be included when returning the defective unit to Technologic Systems, Inc. This limited warranty does not cover damages resulting from lightning or other power surges, misuse, abuse, abnormal conditions of operation, or attempts to alter or modify the function of the product.

This warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of the defective unit. In no event shall Technologic Systems be liable or responsible for any loss or damages, including but not limited to any lost profits, incidental or consequential damages, loss of business, or anticipatory profits arising from the use or inability to use this product.

Repairs made after the expiration of the warranty period are subject to a repair charge and the cost of return shipping. Please, contact Technologic Systems to arrange for any repair service and to obtain repair charge information.

WARNING: Writing ANY of the CPU's One-Time Programmable registers will immediately void ALL of our return policies and replacement warranties. This includes but is not limited to: the 45-day full money back evaluation period; any returns outside of the 45-day evaluation period; warranty returns within the 1 year warranty period that would require SBC replacement. Our 1 year limited warranty still applies, however it is at our discretion to decide if the SBC can be repaired, no warranty replacements will be provided if the OTP registers have been written.

WARNING: Setting any of the eMMC's write-once registers (e.g. enabling enhanced area and/or write reliability) will immediately void ALL of our return policies and replacement warranties. This includes but is not limited to: the 45-day full money back evaluation period; any returns outside of the 45-day evaluation period; warranty returns within the 1 year warranty period that would require SBC replacement. Our 1 year limited warranty still applies, however it is at our discretion to decide if the SBC can be repaired, no warranty replacements will be provided if the OTP registers have been written.