The TS-SOCKET Macrocontrollers are a series of embedded computers based on the TS-SOCKET connector standard. These CPU core modules securely connect to your custom base board, enabling drastically reduced design time and complexity. Start your embedded system design around a Technologic Systems’ TS-SOCKET Macrocontroller to reduce your overall project risk and accelerate time to market.


TS-SOCKET is an embedded computer standard designed and controlled by Technologic Systems, Inc. It defines both a form-factor and a connection pin-out and is based on two 100-pin low-profile connectors, allowing secure connection between a Macrocontroller  and a base board.

A TS-SOCKET Macrocontroller is an embedded CPU board that implements the TS-SOCKET specification. The form factor is 75 mm x 55 mm, about the size of a credit card. In addition to two 100-pin off-board male connectors, a TS-SOCKET Macrocontroller features CPU, RAM, NAND flash with XNAND technology, SD card socket, Ethernet MAC and PHY, customizable FPGA and all CPU power regulators. Peripherals can include USB host and device, SATA, CAN bus, DMX, GPIO, external bus, video, touch screen, audio, SPI, UART and others. All parts must be soldered on and moving parts are not used, ensuring embedded reliability and mechanical ruggedness. Software solutions for TS-SOCKET Macrocontroller include Linux 2.6, Debian, fastboot bootloader firmware, Linux-boots-Linux, complete driver support for on-board hardware, and more.

A TS-SOCKET Baseboard must implement the pin-out and connector specification in order to interface to a TS-SOCKET Macrocontroller. However, there are no requirements in terms of dimension or functionality. Any piece of hardware that includes the two required 100-pin female connectors and is able to interface to a Macrocontroller according to the specification is a TS-SOCKET baseboard. Usually, a TS-SOCKET baseboard is designed to enable the embedded module to interface with the real-world through standard connectors and headers. A typical TS-SOCKET baseboard will include connectors for Ethernet, USB host, serial port and power input. Advanced TS-SOCKET baseboards will also feature interfaces for video, audio, touchscreen and other peripherals. Customers can either design their own baseboards following the TS-SOCKET specification, choose an off-the-shelf product provided by Technologic Systems, or contract with Technologic Systems for a custom designed baseboard.

A custom project compliant with the TS-SOCKET standard allows engineers to jump-start their embedded system design. Since a Macrocontroller connects to a baseboard following a common and defined pin-out, design time and complexity are drastically reduced. Design efforts can focus on the custom baseboard design, because the core design is already completed in the COTS TS-SOCKET Macrocontroller.


All TS-SOCKET Macrocontrollers are designed with a common pin-out, which means that they are interchangeable. This will give our customers more options and flexibility when selecting an embedded system, since a base board can be used with multiple macrocontrollers. As an application example, a base board designed to provide video and touchscreen functionality can have its CPU easily upgraded to improve video playback performance or later as a second generation upgrade. Lower design costs and faster time-to-market directly result from the TS-SOCKET board interchangeability feature because the standardization significantly reduces design complexity.


Simplifies custom embedded systems
Rapid design process gets products to market faster
Several COTS base boards for evaluation and development
Design your own base board or use our design services
Macrocontrollers are interchangeable for future upgrades


TS-4200: Atmel ARM9 with super low power
TS-4300: Cavium ARM11 with dual 600 MHz and FPU
TS-4500: Cavium ARM9 at extremely low cost
TS-4700: Marvell PXA168 with Video and 1.2 GHz CPU
TS-4800: FreeScale iMX515 with Video and 800 MHz CPU


TS-4200 and TS-4500 are available now. TS-4800 is expected for Q2/2010. The TS-4800 is planned to be released along with a Touch Panel Computer base board. Prices start at $92 at quantity 100.

Technologic Systems
16525 East Laser Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Phone (480) 837-5200
Fax (480) 837-5300

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Contact Information

Technologic Systems

16525 E Laser Dr
Fountain Hills, AZ,

tele: 480.837.5200
fax: 480.837.5300

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