Low Cost Freescale iMX6 Quad Sabre Lite Development Board

i.MX6q SABRE Lite Board is a low-cost development platform based on Freescale Quad Core Cortex A9 i.MX 6Quad Application Processor. This will probably be the first low cost ARM quad-core development board to hit the market. Nvidia has previously announced the CARMA Tegra 3 CUDA Development Kit, but the price has not been announced and when I look at the picture of the board and the specs, “low cost” does not come to mind.

Low Cost Quad-core Cortex A9 Board
Freescale iMX6Q Sabre Lite Development Board

Here are the technical specifications for the Sabre Lite board:

  • Quad-Core ARM® Cortex A9 processor at 1GHz per core
  • 1GB DDR3 @ 532MHz
  • 3 display ports (RGB, LVDS, and HDMI 1.4a)
  • Two camera ports (1xParallel, 1x MIPI CSI-2)
  • Multi-stream-capable HD video engine delivering H.264 1080p60 decode,1080p30 encode and 3-D video playback in HD
  • Triple Play Graphics system consisting of a Quad-shader 3D unit, and a separate 2-D and separate OpenVG Vertex acceleration engine for superior 3D, 2D and user interface acceleration
  • Serial ATA 2.5 (SATA) at 3Gbps
  • Dual SD 3.0/SDXC card slots
  • PCIe port (1 lane)
  • Analog (headphone/mic) and Digital (HDMI) audio
  • 10/100/Gb Ethernet
  • 10-pin JTAG interface
  • 3 High speed USB ports (2xHost, 1xOTG)
  • 1xCAN2 port
  • I2C
  • General Purpose I/O for Device Control

As with the Freescale i.MX53 Quick Start Board, this board comes with a SATA interface which makes it ideal for ARM netbooks, laptops or tablets with hard drives.

The board does not seem publicly available yet (no announcement), so I do not know the price either, but considering the i.MX53 QSB board costs 149 USD, I’m hoping to see this new board around 200 USD.

The only things I know are that Linaro is working on Ubuntu for the iMX6Q Sabre Lite board, they provided some details about the board as well as instructions to generate a SD card image and build the the Linux kernel and that some other companies recently got to play with it.

Hopefully, Freescale will announce the availability and pricing of the i.MX6q Sabre Lite board later this month at Embedded World 2012 and/or Mobile World Congress 2012.




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Hongxing Zhu
11 years ago

I would like to buy .MX6q SABRE Lite Board, I can use Freescale Quad Core Cortex A9 i.MX 6Quad Application Processor, but the Freescale dual lite Core Cortex A9 i.MX 6 dual lite Application Processor is better to me.

please tell me the price and shipping time and the technical descriptions to me.

11 years ago

Have a look to


This should be quite similar to the SABRE Lite.

11 years ago

@ cnxsoft
Regarding Arrow: It might be


Regarding “SABRE Lite and Nitrogen6X appear to be the same board”: Yes and no 😉 The SABRE Lite and the Nitrogen6X are mainly the same boards, they are “SW compatible”. But: Have a look to the picture above (which shows the SABRE Lite) and the picture at the bottom of


which shows the Nitrogen6X. The Nitrogen6X is slightly larger, the connectors are at different places and the Nitrogen6X seems to have an additional optional TiWi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi+BT.

11 years ago

i want to buy imx6 demo board? How to buy?

Eric Nelson
11 years ago

The differences between Nitrogen6X are listed in this post: http://boundarydevices.com/products/nitrogen6x-board-imx6-arm-cortex-a9-sbc/ In a nutshell, we built the Nitrogen6X for customers who can actually use this in production. We placed all of the connectors along one edge. If you look closely at SABRE Lite you’ll see that the connectors are placed on all four sides to keep the total size down, and that really prevents any reasonable enclosure. And since we couldn’t help ourselves, we added a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth option, which introduced a couple of very slight software incompatibilities. Nitrogen6X will boot software written for SABRE Lite, but tweaks are needed for ethernet… Read more »

11 years ago

What a “normal person” can do with this board? I see now a lot of people likes this kind of things, but I’m not sure FOR DO WHAT?

Eva from Embest
Eva from Embest
11 years ago

The Sabre Lite based on Freescale IMX6 has been released in Embest Technology,A Element Company and now is in store,which has low cost and various functions.
More information,PLS visit http://www.armkits.com/product/sabrelite.asp.

10 years ago

Can any one tell what is frequency of crystal connected to this board.thank you

Khadas VIM4 SBC