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Compulab IOT-GATE-iMX7 is an NXP i.MX7 IoT Gateway for Industrial Applications

February 28th, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

CompuLab has introduced IOT-GATE-iMX7 compact fanless IoT gateway and industrial controller built around the company’s CL-SOM-iMX7 system-on-module, and offering Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G and Zigbee connectivity.Compulab IOT-GATE-iMX7 gateway specifications:

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  • SoC –  NXP i.MX 7 dual ARM Cortex-A7 processor @ up to 1GHz with ARM Cortex-M4 core @ 200Mhz, 2D graphics engine
  • System Memory – Up to 2GB DDR3L-1066
  • Storage – Up to 32GB on-board eMMC + micro-SD socket
  • Connectivity
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet
    • Dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 4.1 BLE
    • Optional 3G cellular module via mini PCie socket
    • Optional ZigBee NXP JN5168 module
  • Display – DVI up to 1920×1080 using a HDMI connector
  • Audio – 3.5mm jacks for stereo line out, stereo line in
  • USB – 4x USB2.0 host ports, type-A connectors
  • Serial – 1x RS485 / RS422 port, RJ11 connector; 1x RS232 port, ultra-mini serial connector; 1x serial console via UART-to-USB bridge, micro-USB connector
  • Expansion
    • mini-PCIe socket, full-size
    • embedded I/O header with up to 1x UART, 1x SPI, 1x I2C, 12x GPIO
  • Power Supply – Unregulated 8V to 24V via power barrel; support for PoE (powered device)
  • Dimensions – 108 x 83 x 24 mm ( Aluminum housing)
  • Temperature Range – -40C to 85°C

IOT-GATE-iMX7 ships with Debian Linux pre-loaded, and the company can provide a full Linux Board Support Package (BSP) with Linux kernel 4.1.15, Yocto Project file-system and U-Boot boot-loader. The gateway also supports run mainline Linux, upstream Yocto Project and FreeRTOS BSP.


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In case you’d rather provide your own enclosure the SBC-IOT-iMX7 single board computer is also available. Both the gateway and SBC have a 10-year availability.

IOT-GATE-iMX7 price starts at $107 for volume orders, and SBC-IOT-iMX7 at $85. You’ll find more details, including pricing for options, on IOT-GATE-iMX7 product page.

  1. tkaiser
    February 28th, 2017 at 18:47 | #1

    This thing looks really interesting even beyond the advertised use case. Just checked specs and pricing for my own needs:

    – PoE option is fully IEEE 802.3af compliant and adds $7
    – WiFi/BT option WAB adds $22 and is based on SDIO connected TI’s WL1837MOD capable of dual-band and dual-antenna 802.11a/b/g/n (so way better than crappy Wi-Fi on ‘normal’ SBC which is 2.4GHz and single antenna only)
    – dual-role (can act as both AP and client at the same time — If I understood correctly)
    – i.MX7 contains dual GbE MACs so hopefully the i.MX6 Ethernet design flaw (maxing out at approx. 400 Mbits/sec due to bus limitations) isn’t present any more
    – SoC’s single PCIe 2.1 lane available as mPCIe connector so useable with all sorts of add-on cards (eg. ASM1062 dual SATA controller)

    Compulab’s prices above are for 1K orders, if you order less then it’s a simple multiplication (eg. 10 orders * 1.3, single unit * 1.4). So I would end up with $119 which translates to 150,-€ VAT/customs included for a single board to test through NAS/SAN performance. Worth a try 🙂

  2. GanjaBear
    March 10th, 2017 at 17:30 | #2

    Is that the same company that makes those passively cooled mini PC’s? Judging from the ugly case, probably yes 🙂

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