MediaTek Genio 1200 system-on-module powers Cortex-A78/A55 AIoT & robotics development kit

ADLINK Technology’s SMARC 2.1 compliant LEC-MTK-I12000 system-on-module (SoM) features the MediaTek Genio 1200 octa-core Cortex-A78/A55 AIoT processor coupled with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB UFS storage, and powers the I-Pi SMARC 1200 development kit designed for robotics and AIoT applications.

LEC-MTK-I1200 MediaTek Genio 1200 system-on-module

LEC-MTK-I1200-F MediaTek Genio 1200 SoMLEC-MTK-I1200 SoM specifications:

  • SoC – MediaTek Genio 1200 (MT8395) octa-core processor with 4x Cortex-A78 cores @ 2.2GHz, 4x Cortex-A55 cores @ 2.0GHz with penta-core Arm Mali-G57 GPU @ 880MHz with support for OpenGL ES 3.2/2.0/1.1, Vulkan 1.1/1.0, OpenCL 2.2, 5.0 TOPS NPU, HiFi 4 audio DSP, etc…
  • System Memory – 4 or 8 GB LPDDR4X
  • Storage – 32, 64, 128, or 256 GB UFS storage, compatible with UFS gear 2.1
  • Wireless – 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 2×2 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0
  • 314-pin MXM connector with
    • Storage – 1x SDIO (4-bit) compatible with SD/SDIO standard, up to version 3.0
    • Display
      • HDMI 2.0b up to 4Kp60
      • Dual-channel LVDS
      • 2x 4-lane DSI MIPI up to 4Kp60 with 24-bit RGB
    • Camera I/F – 3x 4-lane MIPI CSI
    • Audio – I2S for audio codec located on carrier board
    • Networking – 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
    • PCIe – 1x PCIe Gen 3 x2
    • USB – 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
    • Serial – 4x UART, 1x CAN 2.0B bus up to 8Mbps
    • Low-speed I/Os – 2x SPI, 4x I2C, 14x GPIO with interrupts, one with PWM
  • Security – Optional Security TPM 2.0 module (optional)
  • SEMA Board Controller – Voltage/Current monitoring, Power sequencing, Logistics/Forensic information, I²C bus control, GPIO control, Watchdog timer
  • Debugging
    • 30-pin multipurpose flat cable connector for use with optional DB-30 debug module
    • JTAG, BMC access
    • UART, power test points
    • Diagnostic LEDs, Power, Reset, Boot configuration
  • Supply voltage – 5V DC
  • Dimensions – 82 x 50 mm; SMARC 2.1 form factor
  • Temperature Range – Standard: 0°C to 60°C; rugged: -40°C to 85°C
  • Humidity
    • 5-90% RH operating, non-condensing
    • 5-95% RH storage (and operating with conformal coating)
  • Shock and Vibration – IEC 60068-2-64 and IEC-60068-2-27, MIL-STD-202 F, Method 213B, Table 213-I, Condition A and Method 214A, Table 214-I, Condition D
  • HALT – Thermal Stress, Vibration Stress, Thermal Shock, and Combined Test

SMARC module with MediaTek Genio 1200

MediaTek MT8395 SoM block diagram
LEC-MTK-I1200 block diagram


ADLINK provides support for Ubuntu and Yocto Linux for the module. It offers specifications that will be comparable to the Rockchip RK3588-based CPU module, although UFS storage is nice to have compared to eMMC 5.1 flash. The module is designed for AIoT applications with a 5.0 TOPS AI accelerator, support for up to 3 cameras, and a relatively low-power envelope suitable for robotics and drone applications.

I-Pi SMARC 1200 development kit

I-Pi SMARC 1200

I-Pi SMARC 1200 development board specifications:

  • SoM – LEC-MTK-I1200 SMARC module with 4GB LPDDR4x memory and 64GB UFS storage
  • Storage – MicroSD card slot
  • Video Output
    • HDMI 2.0b port up to 4Kp60
    • 2x LVDS connectors
  • Camera interfaces – 2-lane MIPI CSI (CSI0) connector, 4-lane MIPI CSI (CSI1) connector
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, digital audio output via HDMI
  • Networking
    • 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
    • Optional WiFi and Bluetooth via M.2 socket
    • Optional 4G LTE and 5G cellular connectivity via M.2 socket and nanoSIM card slot.
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Expansion
    • 40-pin Raspberry Pi-compatible GPIO header
    • M.2 B-Key (PCIe) socket
    • M.2 E-Key (PCIe) socket
  • Debugging – Serial via MicroUSB port
  • Misc – Power and Reset buttons
  • Power Supply – 12V DC via power barrel jack

I-Pi SMARC 1200 Genio 1200 devkit specifications

The kit ships with the module fitted with a heatsink, the baseboard, a micro USB cable, and a 12V DC adapter plus a power cord. More details about the module and development kit can be found on the product page and website where you’ll also find details about the Yocto 4.0 such as the GitHub repo with the meta layer (currently empty) and a pre-built Yocto Linux image with Linux 5.15.

ADLINK I-Pi SMARC 1200 development kit can be purchased for $379.00 with WiFi on the i-Pi online store.

i-Pi SMARC 1200 industrial prototyping AI IoT Robotics

Updated: The article was initially published on June 16, 2022, and updated following the launch of the I-Pi SMARC 1200 development kit in May 2023

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13 Replies to “MediaTek Genio 1200 system-on-module powers Cortex-A78/A55 AIoT & robotics development kit”

      1. This SoC, the mt8395, is eerily similar to the Chromebook SoC, mt8195. I wonder how much you can just hookup from mainline there.

  1. It will outperform the RK3588…(?)! Well, perhaps; I suppose, …& by technicality if it beats the Rock 5 to shipment. Otherwise; this has 4x ARM A78 cores @ 2.2Ghz vs 4x ARM A76 cores @ 2.4Ghz (which…?); both have 4x A55 cores @ 2Ghz; this 5x Mali G57 cores GPU vs a 4x Mali Something? cores GPU; 4.8 Tops NPU vs 6 Tops NPU; & an 8Gb LPDDR4 model vs a 16Gb LPDDR4 model. ….So, depending on the difference from the A78 vs A76 & how different the GPUs are…(?) The Rock 5 with 6 Tops & 16Gb LPDDR4…if they can ever update it’s status still sounds pretty nice…(?) Otherwise, if Mediatek can deliver this before the (announced in Jan) Rock 5 to market, then…yeah; I’d call that a Mediatek win. Otherwise, …I’m not so sure… If only I could remember that blasted GPU! …A 4x ARM Mali ?610…? …Well, regardless, ARM’s in-home GPU consistency in naming & numerical designations is impeccable; that you can be most certain!

    1. The LEC-MTK-1200 can also support up to 16GB lpddr4x , remark the x.. is omitted in the article

      1. Thanks for the info. Sixteen Gigabytes of RAM would make it considerably more attractive. If this would be only 8 GB, I personally would possibly prefer the Rock 5 Model B over it.

        I wonder why the MediaTek Genio 1200 has A78 cores from 2020 and the G57 from 2019, where as the Rock 5’s RK3588 has A76 cores from 2018 and G610 from 2021.

      1. Will this device be available for end users in single quantities? If so, will I be able to buy it locally in Taiwan?

  2. Interesting device. I hope this won’t be silly expensive but rather comparable in price with a 12th gen Celeron/Pentium barebone plus RAM.

    I personally would consider it if not more than twice the price of the low end x86 barebone, considering uniqueness and manufacturing scales.

    I am curious how energy efficient – as in energy spent per specifc computing task – the MediaTek Genio 1200 is compared to Celerons or Pentiums.

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