We’ve previously seen SECO will soon launch SM-C12 SMARC 2.0 SoM powered by NXP i.MX 8M processor, but there’s not the only company working on a SMARC 2.0 compliant system-on-module powered by the latest NXP 64-bit Arm processor, as iWave Systems iW-RainboW-G27M module should be coming up soon with a more powerful NXP i.MX 8QuadMax Arm Cortex A72/A53/M4 processor coupled with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM by default.
The i.MX8QuadMax SMARC System-on-Module targets “complex embedded application of consumer, medical and industrial embedded computing applications”.
iWave Systems iW-RainboW-G27M specifications:
- SoC – NXP i.MX8 QuadMax processor with 2x Cortex-A72 @ 1.8 GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2 GHz,2 x Cortex-M4F @ 266 MHz, 2x Vivante GC7000XSVX GPUs, and a 4K H.265 decode & 1080p h.264 enc/dec capable VPU
- System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4 (Expandable)
- On-module Storage – 16GB eMMC Flash (Expandable), micro SD slot, optional 256MB QSPI Flash
- On-module Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet PHY, WiFi & Bluetooth LE module
- USB – USB 3.0 4-Port Hub chip
- 314-pin MXM SMARC edge connector Interfaces:
- Storage – 1x SATA, 1x SD (4bit) port
- 2-channel LVDS/MIPI_DSI
- HDMI/DP Transmitter
- Audio – SSI/I2S (Audio Interface)
- Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 host, 4x USB 2.0 host, 1x USB 2.0 OTG
- Expansion – 1x PCIe
- Serial – Debug UART, 2x Data UART (with CTS & RTS), 1x Data UART (without CTS & RTS), 2x CAN
- 1x QSPI
- 1x SPI, 2x I2C
- 12x GPIO
- Expansion Connector:
- Display – 1x HDMI input, 2-channel LVDS
- Audio – 1x SPDIF, 1x ESAI
- 1x MLB port
- 1x CAN bus
- Power Supply – 5V DC
- Dimensions – 82mm x 50mm, SMARC R2.0 form factor
- REACH & RoHS Compliant
The company will provide support for Android Nougat or higher, and Linux for the module. However, so far, there’s no information about any development kit or baseboard for the module, but we can probably assume the company will introduce something similar to their Snapdragon 820 SMARC 2.0 development kit, with the addition of two Ethernet ports.
The module is probably in the final stages of development, as while NXP i.MX 8M processor documentation is all out in the public, AFAIK NXP has yet to release the full resources for i.MX 8 and i.MX 8X families. Having said that, iWave Systems already accepts requests for quote via the product page.
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