SolidRun i.MX 8M Mini SoM Includes Gyrfalcon Lightspeeur 2803S AI Accelerator

There are already plenty of NXP i.MX 8M Mini boards and system-on-modules, but so far none of those included a neural network accelerator. But that’s now an option as SolidRun and Gyrfalcon teamed up to design SolidRun i.MX 8M Mini system-on-module that combines NXP i.MX 8M Mini processor with Gyrfalcon Lightspeeur 2803S NPU (Neural Processing Unit) in order to speed up AI workloads at the edge.

SolidRun i.MX 8M Mini SoM

Solidrun i.MX 8M Mini SoM
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  • SoC (one or the other)
    • NXP i.MX8M Mini S single core Arm Cortex-A53 processor up to 1.8 GHz, Arm Cortex-M4 core up to 400MHz, GC NanoUltra 3D GPU + GC320 2D GPU
    • NXP i.MX8M Mini D dual-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor up to 1.8 GHz, Arm Cortex-M4 core up to 400MHz, GC NanoUltra 3D GPU + GC320 2D GPU
    • NXP i.MX8M Mini Q quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor up to 1.8 GHz, Arm Cortex-M4 core up to 400MHz, GC NanoUltra 3D GPU + GC320 2D GPU
  • NPU – Gyrfalcon Technology Lightspeeur 2803S artificial intelligence accelerator
  • System Memory
    • i.MX8M Mini Solo – Up to 3GB LPDDR4-3000
    • i.MX8M Mini Dual/Quad – Up to 4GB LPDDR4-3000
  • Storage – Optional eMMC flash, and optional QSPI-NOR flash
  • Video
    • Decode – 1080p60 VP9, VP8, HEVC/H.265 decoder, AVC/H.264
    • Encode – 1080p60 AVC/H.264 encoder, VP8 encoder
  • Networking
    • Atheros Gigabit Ethernet transceiver
    • Optional wireless module with 802.11b/g/n WiFi 4 and Bluetooth 4.2/5.0
  • 3x Hirose DF40 board-to-board connectors exposing the following interfaces:
    • Storage – NOR Flash, SD/microSD, PCIe SSD
    • Display I/F – MIPI DSI up to 1080p60
    • Camera I/F – 1x 4-lane MIPI CSI-2
    • USB – 2x USB 2.0 interfaces
    • Serial – 2x RTS/CTS/Rx/Tx interfaces, and 1x Tx/Rx interface
    • Audio – 20 channels 32bits @ 384khz, DSD512, SPDIF TX&RX, 8x PDM DMIC channel
    • 1x PCIe 2.0
    • 2x I2C, 1x SPI, 4x PWM, 75 GPIO
  • Debugging – Test point header for JTAG
  • Misc – RTC
  • Power Supply – Main voltage: 5V, I/O voltage: 3.3V, SOM supply: 3.3V/1A
  • Dimensions – 47 x 30 mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial & industrial
Gyrfalcon Lightspeeur 2803S SoM
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Software Support and Carrier Board

Gyrfalcon AI accelerator delivers up to 24 TOPS per watt, and 16.8 TOPS @ 300 MHz with only 700mW power consumption. The chip supports AI frameworks such as TensorFlow, Caffe, PyTorch including pre-trained AI models for ResNet, MobilNet, and ShiftNet.

SolidRun will provide support for both Linux and Android running on the NXP processor, as well as HummingBoard Pulse carrier board which was announced last year with USB 3.0 ports, Dual Ethernet, and more. Some limited documentation (e.g. schematics) is already available on the developer’s website, but more information should be posted soon.

HummingBoard Pulse
HummingBoard Pulse – Click to Enlarge

SolidRun i.MX 8M Mini SOM is available through SolidRun or Arrow for $56 and up according to the press release, but it is still listed as “Coming Soon” on the product page. For reference, the HummingBoard Pulse carrier board can be purchased for $182 and up with one of the previous i.MX 8M modules without AI Accelerator.

Via LinuxGizmos

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5 years ago

Impressive gear. As is the price.
I wonder why they bother making a single core model.
Hummingboard rates it at 1.5Ghz.
I’ll review a board with MX8M-MINI next month. I can’t wait to see what it’s like. Never had an NXP SoC.

Rabeeh Khoury
Rabeeh Khoury
5 years ago

We are using same HummingBoard pulse that is used for i.MX8M SOM to be used with this newer i.MX8M-mini SOM; thus the 1.5GHz which was limitation for i.MX8M. The i.MX8M-mini is 1.8GHz capable (14nm process node).

As you have probably observed; the i.MX8 family of SoCs is quite wide and a bit confusing naming and feature wise.

Ray Knight
Ray Knight
5 years ago

Not sure how SolidRun stays in business as it seems to be impossible to get any products from them. Have had an order open since March and still don’t have a ship date!

Jon Nettleton
5 years ago

Have you emailed sales for an update? Generally our lead time is 8 weeks for non-stock orders. We are definitely on the edge of that if you ordered the end of March, but supply chain availability can extend production runs. Our sales or support email addresses are a faster means of order status. Glad you are interested in our products and hope we can resolve your order delays.

Ray Knight
Ray Knight
5 years ago

If it was a non-stock order I should have been notified at time of order! And I did email about order status and was told it would be shipped by 5/15. When that date passed I emailed again and was told a vague beginning of June. Well it’s the beginning of June and I still have no ship date! I was interested in ordering additional products, but I don’t have any confidence in a company that doesn’t keep enough stock to ship orders in less than 6 weeks.

James Smith
James Smith
5 years ago

No chance of ever getting a datasheet for the Lightspeeur chip. Proprietary garbage.

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