PicoCore RT1 System-on-Module Runs FreeRTOS on NXP i.MX RT1050 Crossover Processor

F&S Elektronik Systeme PicoCore RT1 is a System-on-Module powered by NXP i.MX RT1050 crossover processor designed to offer the real-time capabilities of microcontrollers and the performance of application processors thanks to an Arm Cortex-M7 core clocked at up to 600 MHz.

The 40×35 mm module is also equipped with 32MB SDRAM, 256MB “high-reliability QSPI NOR flash, and 16KB EEPROM, and offers various interfaces including Ethernet, RGB LCD, and USB via board-to-board connectors.

PicoCore RT1 i.MX RT1050 SoMPicoCore RT1 (V1) SoM specifications:

  • SoC – NXP i.MX RT1050 Arm Cortex-M7 processor @ up to 600 MHz with 32KB L2 cache, 2D graphics accelerator
  • System Memory – 32MB SDRAM
  • Storage – 256MB QSPI Flash, 16KB EEPROM; optional NAND flash
  • 2x 80-pin board-to-board connector with
    • Storage – SD Card
    • Display – 16-bit RG interface, analog resistive and PCAP touch via I2C
    • Networking – 1x 10/100M Ethernet
    • Audio – Line-In, Line-Out, microphone, headphone, I2S
    • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host, 1x USB 2.0 OTG
    • Serial – Up to 2x CAN bus, up to 3x UART
    • 4x I2C, 2x SPI, PWM, ADC, GPIO
    • RTC signal for external IC
  • Supply Voltage – +3.8V to 5.5V DC
  • Power Consumption – 1W typ.
  • Temperature Range – 0°C – +70°C; optional: -40°C – +85°C
  • Dimensions – 40 x 35 mm
  • Weight – ~10 grams

PicoCore RT1 Block DiagramThe company provides FreeRTOS real-time operating system for the module, as well as PicoCore RT1-SKIT Starter Kit with PicoCore RT1, a baseboard, a cable kit, a 7-inch RGB TFT display, and access to the FreeRTOS BSP and documentation. Target applications include portable industrial devices as well as other cost-sensitive applications with TFT displays such as Smart Home appliances.

PicoCore RT1 system-on-module is at the sample stage and will be available at least until 2031. PicoCore RT1-SKIT Starter Kit can be purchased now for 360 Euros + taxes via the product page. The starter kit price should not be indicative of the module price, and which I’d expect to cost between $20 and $40 depending on BoM requirements and mass-production volume considering Arch Mix NXP i.MX RT1052 development board sells for $30.

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7 Replies to “PicoCore RT1 System-on-Module Runs FreeRTOS on NXP i.MX RT1050 Crossover Processor”

    1. That’s not a wait. 🙂 That means the company will sell it until 2031, aka 10-year long term support.

  1. How is NXP nowdays? I remember right after the Freescale / NXP merge we suddenly got 48 – 52 weeks lead time on 2 core components, A kinetis MCU and a Accelerometer/Gyro, we have since then removed all NXP parts on all products and never used anything from them again.

    1. Never heard any complaints in this regard, but I’m no more as deep into this business as I once was…

    2. I shall clarify, both parts was Freescale parts that became impossible to source in quantities of 5-10k after NXP bought them.

      1. A lot of dev kits are made with NXP iMX SoCs these days. so i believe that it shouldnt be a problem

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