These modules are aimed at industrial, stationary and in-vehicle applications, as the processors integrate up to four cores and high-performance graphics for up to four independent displays with low energy consumption. Since the modules are designed for the extended ambient temperature range from -40°C to +85°C, they can also be used in fleet systems for commercial vehicles or in infotainment applications in cabs, buses and trains as well as electric and autonomous vehicles.
“We see a strong increase in demand for ARM technologies in all low-power embedded segments, which we … address with our Qseven and SMARC modules,” explains Martin Danzer, Director of Product Management at congatec. “Thanks to hardware support for the virtualization of the CPU and GPU cores as well as hardware-accelerated image and speech recognition, entirely new applications with innovative access control and user interface concepts are now conceivable, making the use of embedded ARM architecture even easier, more convenient and more versatile.”
NXP comments, “With Computer-on-Modules, engineers can save minimum 50% and up to 90% time and NRE efforts compared to a full custom design. This modular approach is ideal for industrial batches as it significantly simplifies the use of ARM technologies. This opens new market segments for NXP’s i.MX technology where developers traditionally employed x86 technology.”