Direct Insight offers QXSM module from Ka-Ro Electronics

Based on NXP’s latest dual and quad-core i.MX8M Mini ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit processors, the QSXM solder-down module by Ka-Ro Electronics is now available from Direct Insight.

The system on module (SoM) also has 2Gbyte of 32-bit LPDDR4 RAM, 4Gbyte eMMC Flash memory and power management.

The i.MX8M Mini solder-down SoM combines high performance, miniaturisation and low cost, says the company, and offers low power operation with PCIe access.

The QSXM solder-down module measures just 29mm square, with a height of 2.6mm and provides thermal efficiency and EMI performance, with the base functioning as both a ground pad and a thermal conductor.

Rugged and connector-free, solder-down SoM technology offers a range of benefits, especially for higher-volume requirements, including tape-and-reel packaging, advised Direct Insight.

The QSXM module’s i.MX8M family processor provides a quad-core 1600MHz Arm Cortex-A53 processor complex as well as a separate graphics processing unit (GPU) and video codec. Features include support for an MIPI-DSI display, up to 1080 pixels and connectivity options including UARTs, SPI, I²C, audio, Gbit Ethernet, SD, USB host and client.

The QSXM i.MX8M Mini solder-down SoM can be used in a wide range of applications including industrial vision, high bandwidth IoT edge, and security and surveillance.

It is pin-compatible with other QS and QSX series modules, and has an edge-contact QFN-type pinout style with 108 pins on a 1.0mm pitch. The extra pins on the QSX format are used to access the SoC’s PCIe (and USB 3.0 where available) interfaces for high performance systems.

The module operates across an industrial temperature range of -25 to +85 degrees C and requires a single 3.3 to 5.0V supply.

In common with other QSX series modules, the QSXM uses a QSBASE3 development system, which offers access to the PCIe interface via an M.2 port. A development kit comes with Linux installed and is also available from Direct Insight.

Founded in 1992, Direct Insight is a UK-based technical systems integrator and reseller of system-on-module (SoM) and other embedded systems. It helps development teams to upgrade to the latest SoC, FPGA and OS technology by choosing the right off-the-shelf hardware, software and tools, by providing the required support and services to fill the gaps, and by allowing customer development teams to focus on their differentiating core skills to deliver excellent products. Key partners include: OS supplier, QNX; Ka-Ro Electronics, the German designer and manufacturer of embedded modules; and Taiwanese single board computer maker, DFI.

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