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Compact field controller runs Yocto Linux on i.MX6

Nov 8, 2017 — by Eric Brown 357 views

Kingdy’s compact, fanless “TB-045S” and -20 to 70°C ready “TB-045W” systems run Yocto on an i.MX6, and offer 9-36V power, up to 32GB eMMC, and mini-PCIe.

Kingdy, an embedded boards and systems manufacturing subsidiary of Taiwan-based Hong Jue, has announced two flavors of a compact, 130 x 92 x 42mm embedded computer and remote management field controller designed for industrial automation applications. The 0 to 60°C range TB-045S and otherwise identical, -20 to 70°C resistant TB-045W, are equipped with dual-core Dual Lite or quad-core Quad versions of NXP’s 1GHz Cortex-A9 i.MX6 SoC.

TB-045S from different angles
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The TB-045S and TB-045W ship with 1GB (Dual Lite) or 2GB (Quad) DDR3L-1600 RAM and an SD slot. A Yocto Project 1.8 based Linux distribution is preloaded on the standard 8GB eMMC, which is expandable to 16GB or 32GB. Android 5.1.1 is also supported.

On the front panel, there are RS232/422/485 and 2-wire RS485 interfaces expressed as DB-9 ports. The rear panel includes dual “GLAN,” which we presume indicates a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as 2x USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port.

TB-045S front with antenna (left) and rear views

The TB-045S and TB-045W are further equipped with 8-bit DIO, a full-size mini-PCIe slot, and an external antenna. There’s also a watchdog and a 9-36V DC input with terminal block.


The 1-Kilogram aluminum and steel system is available with wall, VESA, and DIN-rail mounting. Kingdy is offering several homegrown LCD monitor options including an Aluminum Bezel Monitor, Full IP65 Monitor, and Vandal Proof LCD Monitor.

Further information

No pricing or availability information as provided for the TB-045S and TB-045W. More information may be found at Kingdy’s TB-045S and TB-045W product pages.

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