SeeedStudio recently announced that they have started taking pre-orders for their new NPi i.MX6ULL – Linux SBC Development boards. The board is a low-power, linux-based single board computer and can be referred to as essentially a breakout board on steroids for the i.MX6ULL COM (Computer-on-module) chip. It is targetted at industrial applications with several features that support industrial use cases, and board parts/components of industrial grade.
The NPi includes an NXP Arm Cortex-A7 processor running up to 800MHz, 512MB of DDRL3 RAM, with a choice of 256MB of NAND flash or 8GB of eMMC storage, and an on-board battery-backed real-time clock. On-board connectivity options includes two 100Mb Ethernet ports, a single USB 2.0 Host connection, a USB Type-C port for operation in device mode, a microSD slot for additional storage, FPC LCD interface with touch input, and two 40-pin GPIO headers.
One of the main attractions to the dev board is its compatibility with the Raspberry Pi GPIO pinout which brings the compatibility with several HATs designed for the Raspberry Pi without need for any modification to the development Board. Seeed also promised the boards will be compatible with several of their own HATs and users will be able to add features like CAN-BUS, Audio, and other connectivity options via the HATs. However, the ReSpeaker 6-Mic Circular Array Kit for Raspberry Pi and ReSpeaker 4-Mic Linear Array Kit for Raspberry Pi may not work due to the HAT configuration.
Some Of The Highlight Features Of The Board Include:
- NXP MCIMX6Y2CVM08AB CPU
- 800Mhz Frequency
- onboard 512MB DDR3L
- onboard 8GB eMMC
- -20℃ ~ 80℃ operating temperature
- 2 x 100M ethernet port
- 5V±2% DC jack
- FPC LCD interface (including 24 bit RGB and I2C touch control)
- 1 x USB Type C
- 1 x RTC battery slot
- 1 x micro SD card slot
- 3 x LED
- 4 x multifunction key
- 8-digit DIP switch, switching boot mode – USB/NAND/eMMC/SD
- 2 x 40pin IO header
In addition to these features, the board also comes with a USB Host Type A which allows USB based devices to be connected the board.