Freescale i.MX6Q Sabre Lite Board

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Imagine building your own tablet or entertainment console ......
Register to win a an outrageously powerful SABRE Lite development board based on the Freescale i.MX6 Quad-Core multimedia application processor. The processor features a Cortex™-A9 kernel operating at 1GHz with a complete host of peripherial to make this a complete multimedia development platform.  This board features leading edge 3D and 2D graphics, as well as high-definition (HDMI & RGB) video as well as a 10/100/Gb Ethernet port, LVDS, touch screen interface, analog headphone/microphone, micro TF and SD card interface, USB, serial port, interface, JTAG, camera interface, and Android buttons.
SABRE Lite Homepage
You can find out much more about the exciting, innovative SABRE Lite board by clicking here.
On January 30, 2013, Freescale hosted  an informative webinar about the SABRE Lite board.  View the recording by clicking here.
Key Features
The SABRE Lite Board is based on the i.MX6 quad-core processor from Freescale integrating all the functionalities of this multimedia application processor with the following features:


  • Processor
    • ARM Cortex A9 MPCore™ 4xCPU Processor at 1GHz
    • Multi-stream-capable HD video engine delivering H.264 1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode, and 3-D video playback in HD
    • Triple Play Graphics System consisting of a Quad-shader 3D unit capable of 200MT/s, and a separate 2-D and separate OpenVG Vertex acceleration engines for superior 3D, 2D, and user interface acceleration
  • Memory
    • 1GByte of 64-bit wide DDR3 @ 532MHz
  • Media Interfaces
    • Analog headphone/microphone, 3.5mm audio jack
    • LVDS interface
    • HDMI interface
    • Parallel RGB interface
    • Camera interface (Support CCD or CMOS camera)
    • MIPI lanes at 1 Gbps
  • Data Transfer Interfaces
    • Serial Ports
      • UART1, 3RS232 Logic
      • UART2, 3RS232 Logic
    • USB Ports:
      • 1 x USB2.0 OTG, micro USB,
      • 2Type A, high-speed, 480Mbps
      • x USB2.0 HOST, connector, high-speed, 480Mbps
    • TF card interface
    • SD card interface
    • SATA II interface, 3.0 Gbps
    • 10M/100M/Gb Ethernet Interface (RJ45 jack)
    • 1 channel I2C interface
    • 1 channel PCIE X1 interface
    • CAN bus
  • Input Interfaces
    • Android keyboard interface
    • 10-pin JTAG interface
    • 2 bit DIP switch for boot mode selection
    • Boot configuration interface
  • Others
    • 1 Power LED
    • 1 DC Jack
    • 1 Reset button
  • Mechanical Parameters
    • Working Temperature: 0°C - 70°C
    • Humidity Range: 20% - 90%
    • Dimensions: 82.55mm x 82.55mm
    • Input Voltage: +5V
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    Terms & Conditions
    • Testers will be selected on the basis of quality of applications: we expect a full and complete description of why you want to test this particular product.
    • Testers are required to produce a full, comprehensive and well thought out review within 2 months of receipt of the product.
    • Failure to provide this review within the above timescale will result in the enrolee being excluded from future Road Tests.
    Comment List
    •      i use the mfg tools to run the linux 3.035imagine on the board ,but default value of my U-boot is wrong ,.i want to know the right value

    • Hi Everyone.


      Thank you all for applying. This RoadTest is now closed. We are pleased to announce the following members that have been selected to receive and review this Road Test:


      • Sandro Costabile
      • Tom Moll
      • Brian Behlen


      Congratulations! Your product will be shipped to the address each of you provided when you applied for this RoadTest. As a reminder, element14 and our supplier partners send these products free-of-charge because we place high value upon your unbiased, detailed product review. Please post your review back here within 3-6 weeks of receiving your item.


      For those who were not selected to win this product, we have new Road Tests open for applicants


      Enroll today and Good Luck!!!  image

    • Hopefully I'm one of the ones picked for testing this device. I'm very excited about it and can't wait to provide a review.


      Thank you and good luck to everyone.

    • At first glance this appears to be a pretty nice platform for BIT (Built in Test) and  equipment status monitoring.



    • I've managed to setup Ubuntu 12.04 to develop with Energy Micro EFM32  MCU using Eclipse IDE + CodeSourcery toolchain. I have not tried directly with STM32, but I could see it mentionned during the installation procedure in Eclipse.

    • Marc, I'd be interested in hearing what IDE/Toolchain you used for the STM32 under Linux.  If this needs to be taken off-list, my email is n5kzw_at_arrL_dot_net.

    • Wow, a Freescale i.MX6Q Sabre Lite Board; what dangerous stunts can I do with that? Having 15+ years of Linux experience and I got the Raspberry Pi (512MB) as my 'retirement gift', what more can I do with a Freescale board. I remember, back in 2010, when I started working embedded with Atmel 8051 and Microchip PIC and before Atmel AVR, a Freescale engineer kept hinting me about their products. Well, Freescale wasn't in my reach, so I taught myself Arduino theory, building a board w/o ever having an Arduino board. A year ago, the Freescale i.MX SBC was on my wish list, but that was a year ago. Now, I'm building my own Linux kernels for my RasPi while my Android Fleet collects dust in jealousy.


      Before got the Raspberry Pi as my 'retirement gift', I didn't know what a SBC was nor did I know what I could do with a Raspberry Pi. And then, when I finally received it, I resumed doing the things (kernel development, driver development) that I was doing 15 years ago when I started with Linux.


      I got the STM32-F4 Discovery board as part of a blogging road test program. Within 92 hours after receiving that board, I had the ability to develop embedded ARM apps in LINUX. However, I had to abort in under 2 weeks due to technical reasons.


      As for the GPIO pins, I'm still programming microcontrollers, left and right; there's no need for me to do the same thing with Raspberry Pi or Freescale i.MX6Q Sabre Lite Board.


      As I write this comment, my Android OS development interests is not as strong as a year ago. Maybe, if I were to get this Freescale i.MX6Q Sabre Lite Board as part of a Road Test, my Android OS development interests might be rekindled.

    • It cracks me up when people use the PI's following and documentation as an excuse to choose it over another SBC. I can see this if your completely new to embedded hardware, but for those of us that know a little bit about whats going on its fairly easy to see you dont need a ton of documentation for an SBC. As long as the thing comes with drivers for all its hardware and expansion busses its absouletly no different to write software for than a regular PC, except mybe your cross compiling your code. If I can use a windows box, I can use an AMD based SBC... If you know how to compile a kernel for an android phone your already 80% of the way to knowing the PI! All those programming tutorials out there that are written for the PI and arent specifically targeted at using its gpio pins, should work just fine with this freescale system, just omit the -arm11 switch off the gcc command line.


      What erks me about SBC's is when there are no drivers supplied for things like its i2c bus, and there is a huge lack of documentation about the hardware. Thats when an SBS becomes a huge pain and you have to fall back on the CPUs data sheet.

    • I agree with you Robert, the thing is the RasPi has over all these SBC is the price and the amount of I/O pins. The AMD GeodeTm GX is a little power hourse that crushs the RasPI in speed/memory, but like you said lacking in the GPIO department and a price tag of 200 us dollars. Another problem is the huge following and backing the RasPi has, Don't get me wrong it is a decent little SBC. But the Fact that it isn't fully open hardware and other issuse is a huge turn off and for those reasons I see why and how it isolates developers. I think it's gonna take some time before another SBC be it Freescale i.MX6Q Sabre Lite Board, AMD GeodeTm GX or an open hardware SBCs like the Cubieboard  "dethrowns" it.

    • As far as I can tell this thing doesnt break out any I/O besides i2c/CAN? I could really use a board like this for vision processing but its pretty useless if theres no fast general I/O pins.


      I keep seeing more and more of the SBC's hitting the market, most of them just obliterate a RasberryPI in every area, like this one, except they dont break out any I/O pins. I feel like this is isolating a huge amount of developers especially on a place like element14. I doubt when most of us see this thing we say, Wow I want to make a set top media computer with it......


      I recently saw a new AMD SBC, its just awesome to see such a lower power high speed x86 in a form factor like this, it also lacked GPIO, but had i2c/spi/dac/adc/pwm outputs.


      Although something like an mcp30218 could be attached to either of these board to, give a few gpio pins via the i2c bus.