MSC Q7-MB-EP4 Is a QSeven Starter Kit Powered by Freescale i.MX6

MSC Embedded, a company specialized in the design and manufacturing of embedded boards, has recently announced MSC Q7-MB-EP4, a complete Starterkit for the company’s Qseven modules based on Freescale i.MX6 Solo, Dual or Quad processors.

MSC Q7-IMX6 SoM (Left) and Q7-SK-IMX6-EP4 Starter Kit (Right)

The starter kit comes with a suitcase comprise of a heatspreader with heatsink, a 12V power supply, a cable kit (SATA data and power cable),  a DVD, a getting started guide, and more importantly a 3.5″ Qseven carrier board (Q7-MB-EP4) with socket for Qseven modules Rev. 1.20 with the following specifications:

  • CPU Module Interface –  Socket for Qseven Rev. 1.20 compatible modules based on the Freescale i.MX6
  • Storage – 1x SATA connector + mSATA Socket with support for mSATA and mSATAmini cards, MMC/SD Card, and serial EEPROM for EPI/DP extensions
  • Standard Interfaces:
    • 7x USB 2.0: 4x USB (Series-A Jack), 1x USB internal pin header, USB on mini USB connector, USB at Mini PCI Express socket
    • RS-232C on pin header driven by the on-board USB-to-RS232 converter (FT232RL)
    • ARM RS232 debug port routed to the Qseven module
    • CAN Bus signals on on-board pin header
    • Socket for one Mini PCI Express module with USB
  • Audio Interface – AC’97 Audio with all Audio signals on pin header
  • Flat Panel / CRT Interface
    • Graphics – DVI connector, max. resolution depending on module
    • LCD Interface – LVDS interface on Jili30 connector, EEPROM to store display data, Backlight connector (3.3/5/12V power and DIM signal)
  • Miscellaneous – Power Button, Reset, Beeper
  • LAN Interface
    • One RJ45 connector with LEDs from Qseven module
    • One RJ45 connector with LEDs for PCIe-connected GbE LAN
    • Controller on board of the Q7-MB-EP4
  • Touch Controller – Resistive touch controller for 4/5-wire touch screens; three different touch connectors for 4- and 5-wire touch screens
  • Heatrail mounted on Q7-MB-EP4 and Heatspreader
  • Power Supply – 110-230V AC to 12V DC with cable kit connecting to 4 pin ATX style power connector on Q7-MB-EP4 baseboard; features an additional disk drive power connector usable for the SATA cable supplied.
  • Temperature range – 0º to +60º C operating, -25º to 85º C storage
  • Humidity – 20 to 80% operating, 5 to 95% storage (non condensing)
  • Dimensions – 148 mm x 102mm

An 8 GB SD card pre-installed with Linux (Yocto0based) is also provided. An optional 12.1″ XGA (1024×768) TFT kit is also available.

Qseven Baseboard Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)
Qseven Baseboard Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

One important thing is however missing in the Starter Kit: the CPU module. You’ll have to order separately it because the company offers 8 variations of their Q7-IMX6 SoM with Freescale i.MX6 Solo, Dual or Quad, different temperature ranges (commercial and extended), and SoM with 4GB flash or no flash.

MSC Q7-IMX6 system-on-modules share the following key features:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core, dual-core or single-core CPU
  • System Memory – up to 4GB DDR3 DRAM
  • Storage – up to 32GB eMMC Flash Memory
  • Video Output – HDMI graphics 1920 x 1080 x 30fps, Dual-channel LVDS 1920 x 1080 x 30fps (also usable as two sep. LVDS channels)
  • Video – MPEG-4 Video Encoding/Decoding 1080p
  • Interfaces:
    • 10/100/1000 GbE LAN Interface
    • 1x PCI-Express x1
    • 1x SATA-II (3Gbps, quad-/dual-core only)
    • 1x USB Device/Host + up to 7x USB 2.0
    • MMC / SD / SDIO Interface
    • 1x CAN Interface
    • AC’97 and I2S Audio Interface
    • UART, SPI, BT.656 Camera, MIPI_CSI-2
  • Power Supply Voltage – +5V +/-5%, 5V Standby
  • Power Consumption – 4-6 W typ. (depending on CPU and optional features)
  • Operating Temperature range – 0º to +70º C commercial, -40º to 85º C extended

The company can provides BSPs (board support packages) for Linux, Android (Work in progress), and Windows Embedded Compact 7.

The MSC Q7-SK-IMX6-IP4 starter kit is available now for $275, Qseven module are also available, but price has not been disclosed. You can find more information on MSC Embedded’s Q7-SK-IMX6-EP4 Starter Kit and Q7-IMX6 SoM pages, although most of the documentation including user’s manuals, mechanical drawings, and the BSPs require a free registration (to be approved by an administrator).

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