SABRE Platform for Tablets Based on i.MX53 Overview

SABRE Platform for Tablets Based on i.MX53 Overview
i.MX Applications Processor for Multimedia
SABRE Platform for Tablets
Based on i.MX53
Take your multimedia to the max
SABRE Platform for Tablets
System Contents
• i.MX53 processor-based tablet with
enclosure and battery*
Blueprint for Rapid Engineering (SABRE) platform for tablets based on the i.MX53 family of
• 15-volt power supply
reference designs, the SABRE platform for tablets showcases the well-integrated and high-
• Mini HDMI cable
• Quick start guide
• DVD with VMware player, getting
started video, demos and other
Freescale delivers the ultimate in performance and design flexibility with its Smart Application
consumer multimedia applications processors. The latest in a series of premiere market-focused
performing i.MX53 series of multimedia applications processors based on ARM® Cortex™-A8 with
speeds up to 1.2 GHz.
Designed with a tablet look and feel, the SABRE platform for tablets is a full-featured development
platform that showcases the low-power technology and rich user experience offered by the i.MX53
and enables customers to rapidly innovate new consumer products.
The SABRE platform for tablets is packed with features and connectivity options that can launch
high-performing, cost-effective consumer tablets and smart mobile devices. The SABRE platform
for tablets also provides a foundation for enabling new product designs in vertical markets such
as education, industrial, medical and home automation. Broad operating system support includes
Android™, Linux® and Windows® Embedded, providing a springboard for product differentiation.
Freescale’s highly optimized board support packages (BSPs), codecs and middleware maximize
the capabilities of the i.MX53 processor’s feature set while minimizing the overall system power
consumption to provide longer play time.
Key Benefits
• Designed to look and feel like a real consumer
tablet, the SABRE platform for tablets allows
you to hold in your hands and evaluate the
full multimedia performance capabilities of
the i.MX53 family, including 1080p video
• Explore the multiple wireless connectivity
options enabled by the i.MX53 processor,
including Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, 2.4 GHz IEEE®
802.15.4/ZigBee® and GPS.
• Develop and showcase custom user
decode, full duplex video in HD (720p), fast web
interface (UI) and applications on the sleek
browsing, realistic gaming applications and a
and responsive capacitive multi-touch
richer and more responsive user experience.
display to provide a more compelling and
realistic demonstration for your project
stakeholders and customers.
• Evaluate a real design example of how the
smartly integrated i.MX53 processor offers
more on chip, including an LVDS controller,
USB PHYs, SATA and Ethernet, passing on
Platform Features
• Freescale i.MX53 1 GHz ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor
• 8 GB eMMC flash
significant BOM cost savings in your design.
• See for yourself how the i.MX53 processor
• 10.1” 1024 x 768 LVDS display with integrated P-cap sensing
• 10.1” capacitive multi-touch display
User Interface
design-in of key connectivity options.
• Capacitive buttons: home, menu, back, search
• Other buttons: power, reset, volume up/down
• Use proven design examples and software
drivers to reduce hassles associated with
• HDMI connector
• LVDS connector (for optional second display)
conserves battery life and can enable hours
of 1080p video playback.
• 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM up to 400 MHz (800 MHz DDR) memory
• Dialog DA9053
Power Management
• 11.1V 3-cell Li+, 40.2-WHr battery and charger*
• 15V, 3A power supply
Software and Tools
The SABRE platform for tablets comes
Wireless Connectivity
• Omnivision OV5642 5 MP sensor
• USI ARS63 module using Atheros AR6003 Wi-Fi® + AR3001 BT
• LOCOSYS AH16 GPS module using Atheros AR1520A GPS receiver
pre-installed with the Android operating
• Freescale MC1323X 2.4 GHz IEEE® 802.15.4/ZigBee®
system. Linux and Windows Embedded
• Freescale SGTL5000 audio codec
BSPs are available for download at
Audio Android, Linux
optimized BSPs, Freescale also provides a
large portfolio of optimized video, speech and
audio codecs. More information is available at
differentiation in today’s world of consumer
products. That’s why the SABRE platform
• Freescale MMA8451Q 3-axis accelerometer
• Freescale MAG3110 magnetic sensor
• Full-size SD/MMC card slot
Interface Connectivity
• 22-pin SATA data connector
• Two high-speed USB 2.0 host ports
• Micro high-speed USB 2.0 OTG port
The user interface is one of the key areas of
• 2 x 1W at 8 Ω speakers
• Headphone/microphone jack
and Windows Embedded BSPs are provided
and supported by Freescale. In addition to
Debug Board
(separate PCB)
Expansion Connector
for tablets is bundled with Inflexion™ UI for
• 10/100BT Ethernet port
• DB-9 UART port
• 20-pin JTAG connector
• Expansion port has parallel LCD interface, I2C, resistive touch
and LCD backlight rails
i.MX processors by Mentor Embedded at no
additional charge.** This exclusive offer enables
rapid creation of visually rich, animated UIs
Ordering Information
to help customers develop compelling and
Part Number
differentiated Android and Linux-based devices.
SABRE Platform for Tablets
*System batteries are currently back ordered
and will be available Q4 2011.
**Certain restrictions apply.
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Document Number: IMX53SBRTABFS REV 2
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