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MYIR MYS-6ULX is a $25 Single Board Computer based on NXP i.MX 6ULL/6UL Processor for IoT and Industry 4.0

MYIR Tech has released MYS-6ULX single board computer based on  NXP i.MX 6ULL/6UL Cortex-A7 processor designed for either Industry 4.0 with MYS-6ULX-IND model, or the Internet of Things for MYS-6ULX-IOT. Both boards include 256MB DDR3 SDRAM, 256MB NAND flash, USB, USB, Ethernet, LCD interfaces and more, in a compact 70 x 55mm form factor.

“Industry 4.0” Board

Both boards have very similar specifications.

Features MYS-6ULX-IND MYS-6ULX-IOT
SoC NXP i.MX 6UltraLite (MCIMX6G2CVM05AA) with an ARM Cortex A7 processor @ up to 696 MHz and 2D graphics accelerator NXP i.MX 6ULL (MCIMX6Y2DVM05AA) with an ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 528 MHz and 2D graphics accelerator

DDR3

256MB (support up to 2GB)
NAND Flash 256MB (support 512MB/1GB)
eMMC DNP (Do Not Populate – Reserved design for optional 4GB flash)
Ethernet 10/100Mbps
USB 1x USB Host, 1x micro USB OTG
Micro SD Card 1x Micro SD card slot
Buttons 1x Reset Button, 1x User Button

LED

1x Power Indicator, 2x User LEDs
LCD Connector 24-bit RGB LCD & Touch Screen (50-pin FPC connector)
Debug Connector 2.5mm pitch 3-pin Headers, TTL
Expansion Headers Two 2.0mm pitch 2x 20-pin headers with 1x Ethernet, 8x UARTs, 4x I2C, 2x CAN, 4x SPI, 8x ADC, 4x PWM, 2x I2S, 1x 8-bit Camera, 1x JTAG, up to 46x GPIOs
WiFi Module USB based, 2.4GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards
Dimensions 70mm x 55mm
PCB Layer 8-layer
Power Supply 5V/1A
Power Consumption About 5V/0.25A (single board)
About 5V/0.4A (board + 4.3” LCD)
About 5V/0.8A (board + 7” LCD)
Working Temp. -40°C~85°C 0°C~70°C
Target Applications Industry 4.0 IoT

So the main differences between the industrial and IoT versions are the use of i.MX 6UL processor and a wider temperature range for the former, and NXP i.MX 6LL processor and an extra WiFi module for the latter. Both boards run Linux 4.1.15 with Debian or Yocto + Qt images and BSP. The company has also implemented a demo using Amazon Alexa Voice Service available to customers.

MYiR IoT Board

Sample price for the boards is $26.80 for MYS-6ULX-IND, and $24.80 for MYS-6ULX-IOT, which you can purchase directly via the product page together with optional optional 4.3″ or 7″ LCD modules.

  1. Jon Smirl
    April 12th, 2017 at 19:57 | #1

    iMX6 has great software support, but the chips are just too expensive. MCIMX6G2CVM05AA is an $8 chip. Allwinner A64 is about 20x faster and it is $4. The software and support is far better than Allwinner, but for experienced designers is it worth paying a whole lot more for each production unit?

    One decent strategy would be to do a quick run of 1-2K units using an iMX6 part to prove the product concept and lessen the software development load. Then make rev2 of your product on an Allwinner part.

  2. April 12th, 2017 at 20:03 | #2

    @Jon Smirl
    What about industrial temperature range? Does Allwinner have commercial and industrial temperature ranges for their chips?

  3. April 12th, 2017 at 20:05 | #3

    I can see MYiR does not use any Chinese SoC for the embedded designs. I’ll ask them why.

  4. Jon Smirl
    April 12th, 2017 at 20:25 | #4

    I don’t believe AW has released any industrial temp range versions of their chips. I suspect they could if they wanted to (it is just a change in how they are fabbed) but I suspect that it does not matter to them.

    iMX6 line is a big player in the automotive market so they have to do industrial temp range to serve that market. If AW tries for autonomous car chips you’ll see industrial range chips from them too.

    For sure there is a market for systems that work outdoors in all climates, but it is small compared to the indoor market.

  5. Theguyuk
    April 12th, 2017 at 22:34 | #5

    Oddly Allwinner English site only considers digital advertising display as industrial and recommends R58 ?

  6. ade
    April 12th, 2017 at 22:51 | #6

    @Jon Smirl
    Also, I think Allwinner does not commit on any lifetime / support duration (they will just do what they want and EOL their chips without notice, and their OEMs will do the same, which is a no-go for my projects), while NXP does commit on 10 years lifetime and software support.

    Obviously we won’t see a 10$ i.mx6-based Orange Pi, but apart for those extreme low-cost products I don’t see a 4$ cost difference as the main issue : for industrial products and markets, software quality/support and trust in the SoC vendors (especially about lifetime) is the most important criteria.

  7. April 13th, 2017 at 09:09 | #7

    @cnxsoft
    MYiR Tech’s answer about not using cheaper Chinese SoC:

    Thanks for your support. Our products are more focused on industrial control applications.
    So the processors we selected are usually have below features:
    1) Long lifetime at least 10 years;
    2) Can support industrial working temperature;
    3) Better software and chip quality;
    4) Some may support CAN, dual-Ethernet and other peripheral interfaces and software.

    These are different from those chips for mobile or tablet or similar consumer electronics applications.

  8. Miha
    April 13th, 2017 at 14:10 | #8

    And no SOM version. With a possibility of a 4G eMMC

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