SECO Q7-C25 / Q7-C26 QSeven SoMs Feature NXP i.MX 8M / i.MX 8Quad Processor

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We’ve previously covered SECO’s SM-C12 SMARC 2.0 i.MX 8M system-on-module, but the company has just unveiled two new module families which are compliant with Qseven – another SoM standard – and powered by NXP i.MX 8M dual/quad core Cortex A53 processor and NXP i.MX 8Quad Cortex A53 or A72/A53 SoC with respectively Q7-C25 and Q7-C26 systems-on-module.

SECO Qseven i.MX 8/8M System-on-Module

Seco Q7-C25 i.MX8M SoM
Q7-C25 – Click to Enlarge

Q7-C25 / Q7-C26 specifications:

  • SoC
    • Q7-C25 (one or the other)
      • NXP i.MX 8M Quad 4x Cortex-A53 cores up to 1.5GHz, 1x Cortex-M4 F real-time core, Vivante GC7000Lite GPU, VPU
      • NXP i.MX 8M Dual 2x Cortex-A53 cores up to 1.5GHz, 1x Cortex-M4 F real-time core, Vivante GC7000Lite GPU, VPU
      • NXP i.MX 8M QuadLite 4x Cortex-A53 cores up to 1.5GHz, , 1x Cortex-M4 F real-time core, Vivante GC7000Lite GPU no VPU
    • Q7-C26 (one or the other)
      • NXP i.MX 8QuadMax 2x Cortex-A72 cores + 4x Cortex-A53 cores + 2x Cortex-M4F cores, 2x Vivante GC7000XSVX GPUs
      • NXP i.MX 8QuadPlus 1x Cortex-A72 cores + 4x Cortex-A53 cores + 2x Cortex-M4F cores, 2x GC7000Lite/XSVX GPUs
      • NXP i.MX 8Quad 4x Cortex-A53 cores + 2x Cortex-M4F cores, 2x GC7000Lite/XSVX GPUs
  • System Memory – Up to 4GB LPDDR4-3200 memory, 32-bit interface
  • On-board Storage – QSPI flash, eMMC 5.0 flash
  • Video Decoding (for parts with VPU) – 4K/1080p HW decoding of HEVC (H.265), H.264, H.263, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, AVC, VC-1, RV, DivX, VP6, VP8, VP9, JPEG; HDR support
  • Camera I/F – CSI camera connector
  • Other On-board chips
    • Embedded Controller
    • Gigabit Ethernet transceiver
    • Low Power RTC
    • Q7-C25 only – DSI to LVDS bridge, USB 3.0 hub, CAN controller
    • Q7-C26 only – USB HSIC hub
  • 230-pin MXM edge connectors with:
    • Video Output / Display Interfaces
      • Q7-C25
        • HDMI 2.0a interface up to 4096 x 2160p60, supporting HDCP 2.2 and HDCP 1.4
        • 18- / 24-bit Dual Channel LVDS interface up to 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
      • Q7-C26
        • HDMI 2.0a or DP 1.3 interface up to 4096 x 2160p60, supporting HDCP 2.2 and HDCP 1.4
        • Dual channel or 2x 18- / 24-bit Single Channel LVDS interface up to 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
    • Storage – SD 4-bit interface, Q7-C26 only: SATA 3.0 interface (alternative to 1x PCIe port)
    • Networking – 1 x Gigabit Ethernet interface
    • USB
      • Q7-C25 – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 2x USB 3.0 host ports, 1x USB 2.0 OTG port
      • Q7-C26 – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 host ports, 1x USB 2.0 OTG port
    • Up to 2x PCI-e x1 Gen 3 ports
    • Audio – I2S Audio Interface
    • Serial Ports – 1x UART Tx/Rx/RTS/CTS, 1x CAN Bus (TTL level)
    • Low speed I/Os – 2x I2C Bus, SPI interface, 8x GPI/Os
    • Power Management Signals
  • Misc – Watchdog
  • Power Supply – +5VDC ±5%; +3.3V_RTC
  • Dimensions – 70×70 mm (Qseven Rel 2.1 compliant)
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0°C to  +60°C; industrial: -40°C to +85°C
Q7-C25 Block Diagram
Q7-C25 Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge
Q7 C26 Block Diagram
Q7 C26 Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

Both modules support Linux or Android BSP. Q7-C25 is said to be a “scalable solution for applications like domotics or vending, requiring advanced security, connectivity and multimedia”, while Q7-C26 offers “rich m2m interface to control on-board subsystems and wide connectivity” and delivers more performance and access to different interfaces such as SATA or DisplayPort.

CQ7-A42 carrier board, Q7 Dev kit, and Q7 Starter Kit

The company also provides three choices of hardware for evaluation and development with their Q7 i.MX8 modules: CQ7-A42 carrier board, Q7 Dev Kit and Q7 Starter Kit.

Seco Q7 Carrier Board
CQ7-A42 Board- Click to Enlarge

CQ7-A42 main features and specifications:

  • Video Interfaces
    • LVDS Dual Channel 24-bit + backlight connectors or 2xeDP Connectors
    • DP++ or HDMI Connector
  • Mass Storage
    • 1x SATA with HDD Power connector
    • 1 x mSATA Slot
    • microSD Slot on combo microSD + SIM connector
  • Networking – Up to 2 x Gigabit Ethernet connectors
  • USB – 1 x USB 3.0 host port, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 2x USB 2.0 host interfaces on internal pin header, 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Expansion – miniPCI-e slot Full/Half size, combined with SIM card slot
  • Audio – Audio interface on internal pin header
  • Serial Ports
    • 4-wires RS-232/RS-422/RS-485 configurable serial port on DB9 male connector
    • 2 x RS-232 Full-modem serial ports on internal header (needs LPC interface from Qseven module)
    • CAN interface on PCB terminal block
  • Other I/Os – SPI header, LPC Bus header, SMBus / I2C GPIO expander for 16x GPIOs, 1x 28 pin connector for additional features (I2C, ACPI signals, SM Bus, Watch Dog, Thermal Management)
  • Misc – Front Panel Header, +12V Tachometric FAN connector,  coin cell battery Holder for CMOS and RTC
  • Debugging – optional Debug USB port on mini-B Socket, optional MFG connector for JTAG programming of Qseven module
  • Power Supply – +12VDC Mini-fit Standard ATX power connector
  • Dimensions – 146 x 102 mm (3.5″ board)
  • Temperature Range – -40°C ÷ +85°C (industrial range)

SECO’s Q7 Starter Kit also features CQ7-A42 Qseven carrier board, but adds an HD audio module, an I2S audio module, a 12VDC notebook power adapter, a cable kit, and an adapter for mounting a microQ7 module on standard Qseven carrier boards, all packed in a suitcase. You’d still have to add your own Qseven Rel 2.0/2.1 compliant system-on-module.

Large Q7 Carrier Board
CQ7-A30 Carrier Board – Click to Enlarge

The Q7 dev kit also comes in a suitcase, but instead features the huuuge CQ7-A30 carrier board with the following specifications:

  • Video Interfaces
    • HDMI / Display Port interface on PCI-e x16 slot
    • LVDS / eDP interface on PCI-e x8 slot
  • Storage
    • SATA Female 7p connector with dedicated Power connector,
      interface shared with mSATA Slot
    • SATA Male 7+15p connector
    • SD/MMC Card Slot
    • SPI Flash Socket
    • I2C EEPROM Socket
  • Networking – Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 connector
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 host port, 1x micro USB 3.0 OTG port, 2x USB 2.0 host interfaces on internal pin header (alternative to USB 3.0 port #0), up to 4x USB 2.0 Host ports
  • Expansion – PCI-e x4 interface on dedicated PCI-e x16 slot shared with 3x PCI-e x1 slots + miniPCI-e slot (selection via jumper)
  • Audio
    • Embedded HD Audio Codec, Realtek ALC888
    • 2x Triple HD Audio jacks
    • 2x S/PDIF connectors (In & Out)
    • Audio Expansion Slot
  • Serial Ports
    • CAN Bus (both TTL interface and with CAN transceiver)
    • 3x RS-232 only ports
    • 2x RS-232/RS/422/RS-485 configurable serial ports
  • Other Interfaces
    • Feature Connector with I2C , SM Bus, Watchdog, Thermal and Power Management Signals
    • LPC Bus Header
    • SPI Pin Header
    • SIM Card slot
    • 4x 7-segment LCD displays for POST codes
    • PS/2 Mouse/keyboard pin header
    • 2x tachometric FAN connectors
    • Debug Port on mini-B USB connector
  • Misc – Power, Reset, LID and Sleep Buttons, Coin Cell battery Holder for CMOS and RTC
  • Power Supply – 12VDC
  • Dimensions – 345 x 170mm
  • Temperature Range – 0°C to 60°C

Beside CS7-Q30 cross platform Qseven carrier board, the kits also includes an optional LVDS display, a 12VDC notebook power adapter, add-on modules for LVDS/eDP and HDMI/DP, as well as a cable kit.

Pricing and availability information has not been disclosed yet, but the Q7-C25/C26 module are still shown as  being under development. Further details about the SoM and development/starter kits can be found on Q7-C25 and Q7-C26 product pages.

Via LinuxGizmos

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