Qseven and SMARC modules support NXP i.MX8 processors
To accelerate time-to-market, congatec has announced support of the new 64-bit NXP i.MX8 processors for the Qseven and SMARC module standards.
As a member of NXP’s Early Access Program, the congatec modules will be available in time with the production launch of the new Aem Cortex A53 / A72 -based processor family. OEMs will be able to start designing the carrier board for applications now and will be able to leverage application-ready i.MX8 based congatec modules from the launch date.
The new Qseven and SMARC modules with NXP i.MX8 real-time processors are of interest to a range of industrial, stationary and in-vehicle applications. 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 to +85 degree 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.
The acceptance of these new platforms is accelerated by the widespread use of Arm technologies in the consumer electronics market. “We see a strong increase in demand for ARM technologies in all low-power embedded segments, which we are in a perfect position to address with our Qseven and SMARC modules,” explains Martin Danzer, director of product management at congatec. “Thanks to hardware support for the virtualisation of the CPU and GPU cores, as well as hardware-accelerated image and speech recognition, 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.”
“i.MX8 based Computer-on-Modules in the leading small form factor standards Qseven and SMARC enable developers to implement their projects with the shortest time to market and with very little NRE effort,” explains Steve Owen, executive vice president Global Sales at NXP. “With Computer-on-Modules, engineers can save a minimum 50 per cent and up to 90 per cent 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.” He adds that as cognatec offers embedded design and manufacturing services, the company is “an ideal starting point for full-custom designs with particularly high production volumes.”
Services from congatec allow design engineers to fully concentrate on the new features. For example, the company offers starter kits up to EDM services. congatec’s personal design-in support allows OEMs to benefit from expert premium service from requirement engineering through to serial production. The first congatec modules and matching starter kits will be presented at Embedded World 2018 in Nuremberg. Customers can order starter kits with Qseven modules based on NXP i.MX6 processors today to enable them to switch to the 64-bit platform as soon as the new modules are launched.