MaaXBoard Nano SBC brings advanced audio to smart edge IoT

Avnet’s off-the-shelf, inexpensive single board computer (SBC), the MaaXBoard Nano leverages NXP’s i.MX 8M Nano processor. The production-ready SBC is designed for embedded computing and smart edge IoT applications. It is equipped with four microphones and an audio jack and is FCC, CE and RoHS certified. Developers can use the SBC to design and test concepts, and focus on the software side of product development, says Avnet.

The MaaXBoard Nano can be used to support and create a Linux, Android or other OS-based system. There are several onboard peripherals available, including 1Gbyte of DDR4 memory, a Gigabit Ethernet port, quad USB 2.0 host ports, MIPI-DSI, MIPI-CSI, WiFi, Bluetooth, MicroSD card slot, in addition to the four on-board microphones and audio jack. A Raspberry Pi hat-compatible expansion connector also provides interfaces for UART, SPI, I2C and GPIO.

The MaaxBoard Nano is the latest addition to the SBC form factor MaaXBoard collection of NXP-based boards. “The capabilities of the MaaXBoard Nano can be extended even further when combined with Avnet’s IoTConnect Platform making it ideal for AI, IoT, industrial automation, multimedia and audio applications,” said Jim Beneke, vice president of products and emerging technologies, Avnet.

Avnet’s IoTConnect platform is cloud based and scalable. A standardised way to harness the IoT allows designers to quickly build smart apps and solutions on the platform. The IoTConnect platform leverages Microsoft’s enterprise-grade, secure Azure hybrid cloud computing service, for seamless distribution and analysis of data across cloud and on-premise system.

The Avnet designed MaaXBoard Nano utilises NXP’s i.MX 8 family of application processors. The processors are based on the Arm Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M7 cores, which provide audio, voice, and video processing for applications that scale from consumer home audio to industrial building automation and embedded computers.

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