In this first lesson, you will go through the process of unboxing your computer on module and carrier board and assemble all the hardware. You will set up the cables:
A block diagram of the system setup and its connections is presented below for reference.
|List of items required|
|Accessory kit :|
|- 12V 30W power supply|
|- USB-Serial converter|
|- IDC to DB9 adapter cable (1)|
|- Null modem cable (2)|
|- Ethernet cable|
|USB keyboard and mouse|
(1) As an option to buying the IDC to DB9 adapter, you might assemble one by following the instructions provided on Assembling Serial IDC to DB9 Cable.
(2) The null modem cable comes with the Carrier Board Accessory Kit and it is meant to connect the USB-Serial converter to the IDC to DB9 adapter cable.
A headless setup is possible, though in the Quickstart Guide we will always assume that you have a recommended display attached to the carrier board. If you proceed without a display, skip the lessons that make use of it at your own discretion. As an option, you can follow the Torizon Documentation - just be aware you will not find a walkthrough as thorough as this guide.
Note: Carefully read this module's cover page clicking on "Module 1: Unboxing and Bring-up" on the left menu bar before starting this lesson.
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 degrees in relation to the carrier board.
Warning: Make sure that the module is well connected to the carrier board. The image below has some checkpoints highlighted.
Connect the DB9 to the 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 your host machine to the adapter cable using a serial cable or Serial to USB converter.
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.