Stutensee, Germany – January 2019 - Avnet Integrated offers a quantum leap in terms of computing and graphics performance with the new MSC SM2S-IMX8 SMARC 2.0™ module. The high-performance module integrates the currently most powerful i.MX8 processor family from NXP™ based on the ARM® Cortex™-A72/A53 architecture. The i.MX8 family supports real hardware virtualization, enabling asymmetric multiprocessing for the most demanding industrial applications.
The ready-to-use module and the appropriate development tools simplify integration of the new processor technology into the customer application and optimize time-to-market of the end product. With the MSC SM2S-IMX8, Avnet Integrated is meeting the ever-increasing demand for ARM processor-based Computer-On-Modules (COMs), which are now also suitable for high-performance embedded applications with high energy efficiency, thus opening up new markets for COM-based systems.
Typical applications for the robust MSC SM2S-IMX8 module are industrial automation and visualization systems, robotics, infotainment systems and building automation. The processor module is designed for operation in the full industrial temperature range from -40°C to +85°C.
The 64-bit i.MX8 SoC integrated on the module contains up to eight cores: two ARM Cortex-A72 cores, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores and two Cortex-M4F real-time cores. Up to 8GB LPDDR4 SDRAM and up to 64GB eMMC Flash memory are available on the module for program and data storage. The wide range of common interfaces includes Dual Gigabit Ethernet, PCI Express Gen 3, SATA III, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, UART, SPI and I²S Audio. Cameras can be connected via two MIPI CSI-2 interfaces. Two CAN connections and an optional on-board wireless module are available as standard. The HDMI 2.0, Dual Channel LVDS and DisplayPort graphics interfaces can be used to connect up to three independent high resolution displays.
The MSC SM2-MB-EP1 development platform in Mini-ITX form factor and a starter kit are available from Avnet Integrated for evaluation and quickly starting up the high-end module. In addition, Board Support Packages for Linux and, on request, for Android, design-in support, thermal conception, and simulation are available.
Avnet Integrated will offer the complete i.MX8 processor family consisting of the i.MX8, i.MX8M and i.MX8M Mini variants on the SMARC 2.0™ and Qseven™ module form factors and strengthens its position as a leading supplier of innovative COMs.
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