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Kontron ULP-COM-sAMX6i – Freescale i.MX6 Solo, Dual and Quad Computers on Module

November 14th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Freescale i.MX6 series was first announced in January 2011, and there have been delays due to problem with the silicon, but now the i.MX6 processors are finally in mass production, and lots of different products are using this SoC. The latest product I found is ULP-COM-sAMX6i by Kontron which is a series of computers on module based on ULP-COM (Ultra Low Power) standard featuring Freescale i.MX6 solo, dual and quad processors. Those commercial and industrial grade modules target markets such as transportation, medical and military.

Kontron ULP-COM-sAMX6i CoM

Here are the technical specifications of the modules:

  • CPU – Freescale i.MX 6 Single, Dual and Quad Core ARM Cortex-A9 @ 800 MHz (Industrial grade), 1 GHz and 1.2 GHz
  • System Memory – Up to 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage – Optional onBoard NAND/eMMC up to 64GB
  • Graphics / Video – Dual Display, HD 1080p Decode/Encode and 2D/3D acceleration
  • Video Output
    • Resolution Parallel LCD 18/24 bit
    • LVDS Single Channel 18/24bit
    • HDMI
  • Ethernet  – 10/100/1000 MBit Ethernet
  • SATA
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 (one OTG)
  • PCI Express / PCI support 3x PCI Express x1 Lanes
  • Interfaces – 12x GPIO, SDIO, 5x I²C, 2x I²S, 2x SPI, SPDIF, WDT, 2x CAN
  • Camera Interface – PCAM, CSI
  • Power Supply – 3V – 5.25V Operates directly from single level Lithium Ion cells. Typical power consumption  5W
  • Temperature – Industrial: -40° to 85°C, Commercial: 0° to 60°C
  • Compliance ULP-COM – Ultra Low Power Computer-on-Modules
  • Dimensions – 82mm x 50mm

Kontron ULP-COM Evaluation Carrier Board

Developers can take advantage of the Kontron ULP-COM Evaluation Carrier board to start working with ULP-COM-sAMX6i modules before the custom hardware is ready.

The modules support Linux, Android and Windows Embedded Compact 7 (WEC7) operating systems.

Samples of the Kontron ARM Cortex A9 COM-ULP-sAMX6 module family are available now, and mass production is planned for Q1 2013.

For further information, you can visit Kontron ULP-COM-sAMX6i product page.

  1. Mark
    November 15th, 2012 at 04:34 | #1

    In case anyone missed the news… i.mx6 is now officially released and NDA’s are lifted. You can download documentation (datasheet, huge reference manual, etc.) and lots of source code from their website at:


    Might need to register for free account before downloading.

  2. Mark
    November 15th, 2012 at 04:37 | #2

    Also, one can pre-order a relatively cheap ($179) quad-core development board here:

  3. November 16th, 2012 at 16:07 | #3

    Now that’s documentation! 5739 pages for the reference manual…
    Linux, Android and multimedia (gstreamer) code available…

    I’ll have to investigate all that, and try to find an i.MX6 product/board for review.

  4. mj
    November 16th, 2012 at 16:20 | #4

    On http://olimex.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/electronica-2012-day-1/
    it says that two weeks ago Freescale had layoff all their iMX design team in Israel and anounced that their plans for iMX7 are postponed

    More Info about the layoff at http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000793473&fid=1725

    SemiAccurate has the following:
    “It looks like the i.MX line is not dead, just moved. Sources say the current team was 1+ year along in development before they were let go. i.MX7 is going to be done by a new team, so add a lot of time to any schedules you may have heard.”

  5. November 16th, 2012 at 16:25 | #5

    And I’m sure the delays for the i.MX6 mass production did not help with their bottom line, but now I see Freescale i.MX6 used in many products, and the price seems competitive, so hopefully things will improve.

    Anyway, as I understand it the layoff only impact the next generation i.MX7 processor development.
    I saw that link by Olimex yesterday, and it was the first time I had heard about i.MX7.

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