Compulab Unveils CL-SOM-iMX7 Freescale i.MX7 System-on-Module and SBC-iMX7 Single Board Computer

After a few years of speculations and developments about i.MX7 and i.MX8 processors, Freescale announced Freescale i.MX7 family this summer. The new processors are based on one or two Cortex A7 cores coupled with a Cortex-M4 MCU for real-time tasks, and are a low power alternative to Freescale i.MX6 processors. But so far I had only seen a few announcements such Toradex i.MX7 SoM or Freescale 96Boards, without any product actually shipping, and Compulab claims to the first to market with a Freescale i.MX7 system-on-module, namely their CL-SOM-iMX7 SoM which will ship in quantities in early January 2016.

Freescale_i.MX7_SoMCL-SOM-iMX7 system-on-module specifications:

  • SoC
    • Freescale i.MX 7Solo single core Cortex-A7 @ 800MHz with NEON SIMD and VFPv4 + ARM Cortex-M4 @ 200Mhz
    • Freescale i.MX 7Dual dual core Cortex-A7 @ 1GHz with NEON SIMD and VFPv4 + ARM Cortex-M4 @ 200Mhz
  • System Memory – 256MB to 2GB DDR3L-1066
  • Storage – 128MB – 1GB SLC NAND flash, 4GB – 32GB eMMC flash
  • Connectivity
    • Up to two 2x 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet ports (MAC+PHY)
    • WiFi 802.11b/g/n (TI WiLink 8 WL1801 chipset) or Dual-band 2×2 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi (TI WiLink 8 WL1837 chipset)
    • Bluetooth 4.1 BLE
  • Other I/Os and peripherals via 204-pin SO-DIMM edge connector:
    • Display
      • 24-bit parallel display interface, up to 1920 x 1080 @60Hz
      • LVDS up to 1400 x 1050 @60Hz
      • 2-lane MIPI-DSI up to 1400 x 1050 @60Hz
      • On-board 4-wire resistive touch-screen controller
      • Capacitive touch-screen support through SPI and I2C interfaces
    • Camera
      • Up to 24-bit camera interface
      • 2-lane MIPI-CSI
    • Audio
      • Audio codec with analog stereo output, stereo input and electret microphone support (via WM8731L on module)
      • I2S & MQS audio interfaces
    • 1x PCIe x1 Gen. 2.1
    • External local bus interface, up to 32-bit
    • USB – 1x USB2.0 OTG port + up to 3x USB2.0 host ports
    • Up to 7x UART ports, up to 4 Mbps; up to 2x CAN bus, 3.3V levels
    • 2x MMC/SD/SDIO
    • Up to 3x SPI, up to 3x I2C, up to 4x general purpose PWM signals
    • Up to 124x GPIO (multifunctional signals shared with other functions)
    • Up to 6x Timer outputs
    • 4x general-purpose ADC channels + 4x additional optional general-purpose ADC channel
  • Misc – Real time clock, powered by external battery
  • Supply voltage – 3.2V to 4.5V / Li-Ion battery
  • Active power consumption – 0.5 to 3 Watts
  • Dimensions – 42 x 68 x 5 mm
  • Weight – 14 grams
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0° to 70° C; extended: -20° to 70° C;  industrial: -40° to 85° C.

The module is said to support mainline Linux, Yocto Linux, and U-boot, with software and hardware documentation “coming soon”.

SBC-SOM-iMX7 (Click to Enlarge)
SBC-SOM-iMX7 (Click to Enlarge)

For development and evaluation purpose, or even inclusion in your own products, the company also introduced SBC-iMX7 single board computer comprised of SB-SOM-iMX7 carrier board and CL-SOM-iMX7 module targeting industrial and embedded applications.

SB-SOM-iMX7 baseboard brings out the following connectors and features:

  • Storage – Standard full-size SD socket.
  • Display
    • Parallel RGB and resistive touch-screen interfaces via FPC connector with support for Startec KD050C 5″ 480×800 TFT LCD panel
    • LVDS interface via 100-mil header
    • DVI via HDMI connector
  • Connectivity – Up to 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports (RJ45), as well as on-module WiFi and Bluetooth.
  • Analog – 3.5mm jacks for stereo output, line-in, and microphone
  • USB – 1x micro USB2.0 OTG, 2x USB2.0 host ports, and 2 extra USB host port via 100-mil header
  • Debugging
    • 1x serial debug port via UART-to-USB bridge, micro USB connector OR
    • 1x serial debug port via RS232 transceiver, ultra-mini serial connector
  • Expansion
    • mini-PCIe socket, full-size
    • 100-mil headers with access to up to 3x UART, 1x CAN, 2x SPI, 2x I2C, 24x GPIOs
  • Misc – RTC and coin-cell battery
  • Supply voltage – Unregulated 8V to 15V
  • Dimensions  – 160 x 136 x 22 mm
  • Weight – 165 gram
  • Temperature range – Same as CL-SOM-iMX7
SoM (left) and SBC (right) Block Diagrams - Click to Enlarge
SoM (left) and SBC (right) Block Diagrams – Click to Enlarge

Compulab CL-SOM-iMX7 sells for as low as $39 for 1k orders in its simplest configuration (SOM-iMX7-C800-D256-N128) with Freescale i.MX 7Solo, 256MB RAM, 128 MB NAND flash, no wired n0r wireless connectivity, etc…, while the carrier board goes for $81 in commercial temperature range, with $10 extra for extended, and $50 extra for industrial temperature range.

More details, including options details and pricing, can be found on Compulab’s CL-SOM-iMX7 and SBC-IMX7 product pages.

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8 Replies to “Compulab Unveils CL-SOM-iMX7 Freescale i.MX7 System-on-Module and SBC-iMX7 Single Board Computer”

  1. Very nice, I like the fact that the 3 i2s interfaces are accessible. AFAIK SolidRun’s i.MX6 MicroSoM don’t offer that (and I had to fraking look up each pin to figure this out).

  2. Interesting looking board. I just wish these companies would be more supportive of the “I’d like to buy one or two of these to play with” purchasers.

  3. Grumpy Old Coot :
    Interesting looking board. I just wish these companies would be more supportive of the “I’d like to buy one or two of these to play with” purchasers.

    it should be triple price if order only one or two, according to the website compulab.

  4. We at Toradex offer all our products also in single quantities at reasonable prices. Furthermore, we have a free sample initiative if you have a project which could potentially make use of one of our products:
    The prices for our i.MX7 products aren’t set yet, but will be quite competitive for sure. We will give an update on availability, prices, and more details about the interfaces soon. We will also add it to our Pinout-Designer tool which lets you pick the interfaces you are interested and you can directly see if there are any conflicts:

  5. How about compatibility of these SOMs between different producers? Is it possible to use baseboard made by other company? And vice versa, if I buy both baseboard and the SOM will it be possible to replace the SOM in the future by some better specced SOM designed/produced by another company? Is there any common specification describing how these SOMs interface with the baseboard?

  6. @olin
    There are some system-on-module standards like Qseven, EDM, or COMExpress, but it seems most companies go with their own “standardized module”.

    There are also some potential issues within one standard. I’ve been told a while ago that all Qseven modules may not compatible with each others. Compulab does not follow any specific standard, except mechanical with a SO-DIMM connector.

  7. @olin
    CompuLab uses a unified pin-out for all the recently introduced ARM SoMs (CM-T43 (TI AM437x), CL-SOM-AM57x, CL-SOM-iMX6UL and CL-SOM-iMX7). All standard signals and peripherals such as power, Ethernet, USB, PCIe, SATA, UARTs, display interfaces etc. are located on the same pins on all modules. CompuLab also provides a unified carrier-board reference design compatible with all its ARM modules.

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