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Unboxing and Setup Cables - Ixora

 

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Overview

In this first lesson, you will go through the process of unboxing your computer on module and carrier board and assemble all the hardware. First, we are going to connect the Dual-band Dipole Antenna, the following GIF illustrates what you need to do:


  • Antenna setup GIF

    Antenna setup GIF

Note: Make sure to connect on the main slot, just like to the photo:


After assembling the antenna and double-checking if it's on the right slot. We should set up the cables:


  • Setup all cables

    Setup all cables

A block diagram of the system setup and its connections is presented below for reference.


  • System setup block diagram

    System setup block diagram


Prerequisites

List of items required
HDMI display/monitor
Accessory kit :
  - 12V 30W power supply
  - USB-Serial converter
  - IDC to DB9 adapter cable
  - Ethernet cable
USB keyboard and mouse

As an option to buying the IDC to DB9 adapter, you might assemble one by following the instructions provided here.

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.

Step 1

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.


  • Connecting the computer on module to the Ixora Carrier Board

    Connecting the computer on module to the Ixora Carrier Board

Warning: Make sure that the module is well connected to the carrier board. The image below has some checkpoints highlighted.


  • Computer on Module connected to the Ixora Carrier Board

    Computer on Module connected to the Ixora Carrier Board

Step 2

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.


  • IDC header connected to the Ixora Carrier Board

    IDC header connected to the Ixora Carrier Board

Step 3

Connect your host machine to the adapter cable using a serial cable or Serial to USB converter.


  • Serial setup for Ixora Carrier Board

    Serial setup for Ixora Carrier Board

Step 4

  • Connect an HDMI display to the Ixora's X17 connector.
  • Connect a USB keyboard to the Ixora's X7 connector.
  • 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.


  • HDMI, Ethernet, USB keyboard and power supply connected to the Ixora Carrier Board

    HDMI, Ethernet, USB keyboard and power supply connected to the Ixora Carrier Board

Step 5

Screw the heatsink to the carrier board, please take notice to the red spots below:


  • Screwing the heatsink

    Screwing the heatsink

Now that the heatsink is securely connected, the fan must go on its top:


  • Connecting the fan

    Connecting the fan