e-con Systems Unveils eSOMiMX6 SoM based on μQ7 Form Factor, and Ankaa Development Kit

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QSeven is one of the many standards for system-on-modules, and it defines both Qseven (Q7) 70x70mm modules, and smaller μQSeven (μQ7) 70x40mm modules. While there are quite a few SoMs following the larger form factor, few modules are based on micro Q7, and e-con Systems eSOMiMX6 has just launched one of these tiny modules with eSOMiMX6 system-on-module powered by Freescale i.MX6 processors, as well the corresponding Ankaa development kit comprised of the SoM and a baseboard.

uQseven_Freescale_i.MX6_SoM

eSOMiMX6 module specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6 single, dual or quad Cortex A9 processor @ 800MHz to 1.2 GHz with Vivante GPUs
  •  System Memory – 256MB/512MB (Solo only), 1GB (default), or 2GB (dual/quad only) LVDDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 4GB (default) to 64GB eMMC flash, 2MB SPI NOR flash, and SD/MMC + SATA II  interfaces via MXM connector
  • Display / Video Output:
    • HDMI up to 1920 x 1080
    • Dual channel 24-bit LVDS
    • 24-bit LCD RGB
    • MIPI DSI
  • Camera:
    • 4-lane MIPI-CSI  (2-lane for Solo)
    • 10 bit parallel camera I/F
    • 20-bit parallel camera I/F
  • Connectivity – Optional Gigabit Ethernet controller,  optional module for 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 BLE
  • Other I/O accessible via 314-pin MXM connector:
    • USB 2.0 host, USB 2.0 OTG
    • SPDIF audio in and out
    • 2x CAN (FlexCAN)
    • 5x serial UART
    • 3x I2C,  3x PWM, SPI
    • Up to 50x GPIOs
    • PCIe x1 Gen2
  • Power Supply – 3.3V @ 3A
  • Dimensions – 70 x 45mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0 to 70°C; or Extended: -40 to 85°C

You may have noticed the module size is 70x45mm, and not 70×40 as in Q7 specifications, which is probably why the companies refers to a custom μQseven” form-factor, where they’ve kept the MXM connector, the same mounting holes position, but increased the width of the board. So it should still work with most Q7 baseboards, unless the 5 millimeters extra interfere with your baseboard.

The company provides BSPs for Linux (with bootloader), and Android, with Windows Embedded Compact (WEC) 2013 still in development.

Ankaa Development Kit (Click to Enlarge)
Ankaa Development Kit (Click to Enlarge)

To speed up development, e-con Systems can also provide Ankaa development kit with including eSOMiMX6 Module (eSOMiMX6-CS-P1G-F4G-R1G-WB-E with i,MX6 Solo @ 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 4GB eMMC, Wi-Fi/BT, and Ethernet), Ankaa carrier board, and HDMI cable, a USB to serial port cable, and a 9V power supply. They have both Linux and Android version of the kit, and the latter also adds a 10″ LCD with capacitive touch.

Ports and features available on Ankaa development kit:

  • 314-pin MXM connector for uQ7 SoM
  • Storage – SATA connectors (DATA + Power, not working with Solo SoM),  SD Card slot
  • Camera – MIPI – 4 lane interface; Parallel interface 1 – 10 bit; Parallel interface 2 – 20 bit (Quad processor only) with 5MP, 8MP and 13MP MIPI Cameras available as add on boards.
  • Display –  1x HDMI, 2x LVDS
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – WIFI 802.11 b/g/n & Bluetooth 4.0 BLE (on SoM), 1x Gigabit Ethernet
  • Serial Ports – 1x RS232, 1x Debug Port (serial console) via mini USB port.
  • USB –  1x USB Host (2.0), 1x micro USB OTG (2.0), 1x mini USB debug port (UART)
  • Expansion
    • GPIO header with access to GPIOs, I2C, SPI, etc…
    • CAN header
    • mini PCIe slot
  • Misc – Boot selection switch, RTC + battery
  • Dimension – 135mm (L) x 90mm (B)
  • Power Supply – 9V @ 2.5A; 5V supply also available via header
  • Temperature Range – – 0°C to 70°C
Ankaa Devkit Block Diagram
Ankaa Devkit Block Diagram

eSOMiMX6 module price starts at $47 for 1,000+ unit orders for the Solo version, and up to $199 for the extended temperature range quad core version will all options, in 1-99 units orders. Ankaa kits sells for $349 for the Linux version, and $449 for the Android version with LCD display. Price for the Android kit is only valid until the end of the year, after which it should cost $674. The camera add-on boards sell between $69 to $99. Further details can be found on  eSOMiMX6 modules and Ankaa devkit product pages, and you can purchase SoM samples, Ankaa devkit, and/or the camera modules via e-con Systems Webstore.

Via Embedded.com and LinuxGizmos

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OK, here at work, we all talk about the pros and cons of having a wireless module on the SOM.
I would like feedbacks of people about this? (hope you don’t mind Jean-Luc)
Do you think it a plus to propose this ? Why would you need this when you know you have to have a baseboard to run the SOM.