New low-end performance class for SMARC

December 05, 2019 //By Wisse Hettinga
New low-end performance class for SMARC
congatec SMARC module with Arm® based NXP i.MX 8M Nano processor

With its stunning ultra-low power graphics capabilities as well as its limited number of carefully selected I/Os, the new NXP i.MX 8M Mini compatible NXP i.MX 8M Nano processor targets low cost application areas not previously reached by – but perfectly suited for – vendor independent, standardized Computer-on-Modules. Only up to 2 watt are needed for the logic of a mobile handheld device. Engineers can also turn a complex medical user interface with various mechanical buttons into an intuitive touch based and easy to use GUI or give industrial devices an interactive screen for which this was previously simply too expensive. All this, and even headless systems with IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol support for tactile IIoT, is now possible at the lowest power envelope and budget ever.

The new conga-SMX8-Nano SMARC Computer-on-Modules are addressing ultra-low power and price-sensitive GUIs as well as headless industrial controls including IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol support for tactile IIoT. They are available in three variants with quad, dual or single core Arm Cortex-A53 processor, each variant seconded by 1 Cortex-M7. 

Embedded displays can be connected via dual channel LVDS, eDP or MIPI-DSI. Up to 2 GByte of low-power LPDDR4 and an eMMC 5.1 non-volatile memory with up to 128 GByte provide extensive memory capacity on the module. Embedded cameras are connected via the MIPI-CSI-2 interface, while 4x USB 2.0 and 3x UART are state-of-the-art for industrial use. For intersystem connection, the module offers 1x Gbit Ethernet as well as optional M2 WiFi/Bluetooth extension.

More information at www.congatec.com


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