TechNexion Unveils EDM and AXON SoM’s Powered by NXP i.MX8M Plus SoC

A few days ago we wrote about Variscite’s NXP i.MX 8M Plus-powered AI systems-on-modules and devkits, and now it’s TechNexion’s turn to introduce its own SoM’s for artificial intelligence applications.

Just like variscite, the company has two variants with EDM-G-IMX8M-PLUS following the EDM standard with a 260-pin edge connector, and AXON-E-IMX8M-PLUS part of the AXON family with board-to-board connectors better suited to vibration-prone applications.

AXON-E-IMX8M-PLUS
AXON-E-IMX8M-PLUS

Besides the form factor and different default storage  capacities, both SoM’s share the same specifications:

  • SoC – NXP i.MX8M Plus quad-core Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1.8 GHz with Cortex-M7 real-time core @ 400 MHz, Vivante GC520L 2D GPU, Vivante GC7000UL 3D GPU, 1080p60 hardware decoder (HEVC, H.264, VP9, and
    VP8) and encode (H.265/H.264), and 2.3 TOPS NPU
  • System Memory – Up to 8 GB LPDDR4
  • Storage
    • AXON-E-IMX8M-PLUS – 32 GB eMMC flash by default
    • EDM-G-IMX8M-PLUS – 16 GB eMMC flash by default
  • Networking Chips
    • Qualcomm Atheros AR8035 Gigabit Ethernet transceiver
    • Optional Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth chipset + MHF4 antenna connector
  • 260-pin EDM Type G connector (EDM-G-IMX8M-PLUS) or 4x 80-pin Hirose board-to-board connectors (AXON-E-IMX8M-PLUS) with
    • Display I/F – HDMI, dual-channel LVDS, MIPI DSI
    • Camera I/F – 4-lane dual MIPI CSI interface
    • Audio – 2-channel I²S
    • Networking – Gigabit Ethernet
    • USB and USB OTG interfaces
    • PCIe
    • SDIO, CAN, UART, SPI, I²C, PWM, GPIO
  • Debug Interface – JTAG via through holes (EDM-G-IMX8M-PLUS only)
  • Power Supply
    • Supply Voltage – 5V DC +/-5%
    • PMIC – NXP PCA9450
  • Dimensions –
  • Weight – 8 grams
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0° to +60° C; industrial: -40° to +85° C
  • Relative Humidity – 10 to 90 %
  • MTBF – >100,000 Hours
  • Shock – 15G half-sine 11 ms duration
  • Vibration – 1 Grms random 5-500Hz hr/axis
  • Certification and Compliance
    • USA – FCC Part 15 B, FCC ID: 2AKZA-QCA9377
    • Canada – IC: 22364-QCA9377
    • European Union – EN 55032 / EN 55024, EN 300 328 v2.1.1,EN 301 893 v2.1.1
    • Japan – TELEC: 201-180629
    • Australia/New Zealand – RCM
    • Bluetooth Logo – QDID 150839 (Bluetooth 4.2)
    • RoHS / REACH directives
EDM-G-IMX8M-PLUS
EDM-G-IMX8M-PLUS

The company offers standard support for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Linux-built Yocto Project, and Android 10, as well as extended support for FreeRTOS. If it feels like you’ve seen EDM-G-IMX8M-PLUS module before it’s because it should be  the one found in the upcoming Wandboard 8MPLUS SBC.

There’s will be other development kits based on existing AXON/EDM baseboards including AXON-PI Raspberry Pi-like starter board, or the full-featured AXON-WIZARD and EDM-WIZARD evaluation boards. Marcel vandenHeuvel, TechNexion’s CEO, gives an overview of the AXON i.MX8M Plus modules and baseboard, and shows a Yocto 3.0 Linux demo with dual displays.

The company did not provide availability information, and while the board is listed on their online store the price is shown as $0.00 for now… More details may be found on the respective product pages for the AXON and EDM modules.

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