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Best-in-class ARM processor in application friendly shape

08 May 2019


The NXP i.MX8 based conga-SMX8 from congatec is the flagship module for ultra-low-power embedded computer designs, offering the latest best-in-class ARM processor with high performance, flexible graphics & powerful embedded features for all kinds of IIoT applications.

It provides high-performance multi-core computing, along with extended graphics capabilities for up to three independent 1080p displays or a single 4K screen. Further benefits of this native industrial-grade platform include hardware-based real-time and hypervisor support, along with broad scalability, as well as resistance against harsh environments and extended temperature ranges.

All these features make the SMARC 2.0 module meet the recent performance and feature set needs for low power embedded, industrial and IoT applications, as well as the new mobility sector.

The SMARC 2.0 modules with NXP i.MX8 processors, hardware-based virtualisation and resource partitioning are of great interest for a wide range of stationary and mobile industrial applications, including real-time robotics and motion controls. Since the modules are qualified for the extended ambient temperature range from -40°C to +85°C, they can also be used in fleet systems for commercial vehicles or infotainment applications in cabs, buses and trains, as well as all the new electric and autonomous vehicles.

Feature set in detail:
The new conga-SMX8 modules feature up to 8 cores (2x A72 + 4x A53 + 2x M4F), up to 8 GByte of LPDDR4 MLC or pseudo SLC memory, and up to 64 GByte of non-volatile memory on the module. The extraordinary interface set includes 2x GbE, including optional IEEE1588 compliant precision clock synchronization, up to 6x USB including 1x USB 3.1, up to 2x PCIe Gen 3.0, 1x SATA 3.0, 2x CAN bus, 4x UART as well as an optional onboard Wi Fi/Bluetooth module with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and BLE. Up to 3 displays can be connected via HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2, 2x LVDS and 1x eDP 1.4. For video cameras, the modules support 2 MIPI CSI-2 video inputs. The new NXP i.MX8 based SMARC 2.0 modules come as application-ready super components, including U-Boot and complete Board Support Packages for Linux, Yocto and Android.

Comprehensive services accelerate design-in & reduce costs further:
The i.MX8 based SMARC 2.0 Computer-on-Modules are complemented by numerous add-on services offered by congatec, reducing the complexity of the integration, while accelerating design-in time for fastest time-to-market. Major premium service pillars are the personal design-in support available for each OEM implementation, as well as the individually selectable next-level support of the Technical Solutions Center. This team of specialists addresses all customised needs – from requirements engineering support and boot loader configuration, with extended OS support, to test, validation and debugging services. ARM services from congatec are characterised by high quality and personal care for the most simplified use of embedded computer technologies. Customers benefit from fast and efficient design-in of their products, as 'plug & play' is more efficient and cost saving than 'trial & error'.

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