Designed for infotainment and dashboard in automotive applications, industrial control, robotics, healthcare, mobile payments, handheld devices, and more, NXP i.MX 8X Arm Cortex-A35 processor was first spotted in 2016, before being formally announced in March 2017. But it took quite longer to see actual products launched, and several vendors announced i.MX 8X modules in the last week while NXP also released documentation.
One of them is Toradex with their Colibri iMX8X system-on-module with up to 2GB LPDDR4 memory, 8GB flash, a built-in 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO WiFi + Bluetooth 5 module, dual channel LVDS, MIPI DSI display interface, a quad-lane MIPI CSI-2 camera interface, etc…
Toradex Colibri iMX8X specifications:
- SoC (one of the following options)
- NXP i.MX 8QuadXPlus quad core Cortex-A35 processor @ up to 1.2GHz, Arm Cortex-M4 MCU @ up to 266MHz, HiFi4 DSP, Vivante GC7000Lite performance optimized GPU, 4K video support
- NXP i.MX 8DualXPlus dual core Cortex-A35 processor @ up to 1.2GHz, Arm Cortex-M4 MCU @ up to 266MHz, HiFi4 DSP, Vivante GC7000Lite performance optimized GPU, 4K video support
- NXP i.MX 8DualX dual core Cortex-A35 processor @ up to 1.2GHz, Arm Cortex-M4 MCU @ up to 266MHz, Vivante GC7000Lite power optimized GPU, 1080p video support
- Memory – Up to 2GB LPDDR4 RAM
- Storage – 4GB or 8GB eMMC Flash in standard configuration, up to 32GB in custom designed modules
- Connectivity Chipsets/modules
- Dual-band 802.11ac WiFi 5 2×2 MU-MIMO + Bluetooth 5 module connected over PCIe and USB interfaces
- Microchip KSZ8041 transceiver
- Audio chip – NXP SGTL5000 audio codec
- 200-pin SODIMM edge connector
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 Host, 1x USB OTG
- Networking – 1x 10/100M Ethernet with AVB +2nd RGMII/RMII/MII)
- Display – 18-bit RGB display interface + resistive touch
- Camera I/F – 8-bit parallel camera interface
- Audio – 3x SAI / 1x ESAI
- Other I/Os
- 4x I2C, 4x SPI, 4x UART, 3x CAN bus
- 1x IrDA, 4x PWM, GPIOs
- 6x Analog Input
- X2 FCC connector – Dual channel LVDS, 2x MIPI DSI, 1x HPC, 1x DDC
- X3 FCC connector – 1x MIPI CSI-2, 3x GPIO, 1x I2C, 1x MCLK
- Dimensions – 67.6 x 36.7 x 6.2 mm
- Temperature Range – Industrial: -40° to +85° C or -25° to +85° C
Various Colibri compatible carrier boards are available to kickstart development. Toradex will provide a production-ready Yocto Project based Linux BSP, as well as support for the upcoming Torizon Software Platform, an industrial-grade Linux distribution providing Over-the-Air and Security features.
Toradex Colibri iMX8X system-on-module is still at the early access stage, meaning pricing is not available, and only samples are available. You’ll find more details, and eventually be able to purchase modules, via the product page.
As discussed in the introduction, Toradex is not the only company to have launched i.MX 8X SoM this week, and alternatives include Congatec SMARC and Qseven compliant i.MX 8X modules, Variscite VAR-SOM-MX8X, Phytec phyCORE-i.MX 8X, and others.