Attention: the Quickstart Guide for BSP 2.8, based on the Ångström distribution, is not being updated anymore. Depending on your SoM, you have different options:
Vybrid and Tegra: the information is provided as-is and still accurate, since newer Toradex BSPs are not ported to those SoMs. Just keep in mind that the Guides are not being maintained anymore, even if we find bugs or outdated instructions.
Apalis TK1 (all variants), Colibri iMX6ULL (all variants), Colibri iMX7S 256MB and Colibri iMX7D 512MB: these computer on modules are still regularly maintained in our BSPs and, to get started, you must check the software page Toradex BSP Layers and Reference Images for Yocto Project. Since Torizon is not supported, at the moment a Quickstart Guide is not available.
All other i.MX-based SoMs: you have two options to get started with embedded Linux: the first is to follow the Quickstart Guide for Torizon, which provides the greatest out-of-the-box experience, or if you choose to use Yocto, check the software page Toradex BSP Layers and Reference Images for Yocto Project.
In this first lesson you will go through the process of unboxing your computer on module and carrier board and assembling the hardware.
A block diagram of the system setup and its connections is presented below for reference.
The following table lists the items required:
|List of items required|
|Accessory kit :|
|- 12V 30W power supply|
|- USB-Serial converter|
|- IDC to DB9 adapter cable|
|- Ethernet cable|
As an option to buying the IDC to DB9 adapter, you might assemble one by following the instructions provided here.
Remove the Ixora Carrier Board and the Apalis Computer on Module from the blisters. Insert the computer on module into the X1 connector of the Carrier Board as tight as possible, with the module inclined ~30 to 45 degree in relation to the carrier board.
Warning: Make sure that the module is well connected to the carrier board. The image below have some checkpoints highlighted.
Remove the protection from the Apalis Heatsink rubber that couples the module's SoC and the Heatsink itself.
Attach the Apalis Heatsink to the Ixora Carrier Board, on top of the Apalis computer on module. Use screws to guarantee optimal thermal coupling.
Connect the DB9 to IDC adapter cable to the X22 connector on the Ixora.
Note: The adapter is included in the Toradex Cable Kit, the standard we used is normally called DTK or Intel standard.
Connect a USB-Serial converter to both the adapter cable and your host machine.
Connect the Ethernet cable to the Ixora's X11 connector. Note: Ethernet network must provide DHCP and Internet to the module.
Connect the power supply to the Ixora's barrel jack X2. Attention: Double check that your power supply is within the Ixora Carrier Board limits (7-27V) and that the polarity is not inverted. Also, make sure that the current capability of the power supply is enough, or the system may shut down unexpectedly. For evaluation purposes, a 12V 2A power supply is recommended.