After the announcement of the i.MX 8M line of processors from NXP and their collaboration with some companies, we started seeing announcements or devices that use the chip in recent times and some of the devices or boards are beginning to be available for purchase. InnoComm, Emcraft, and Boundary devices have all launched their i.MX 8M processor-based boards, with some even adding a carrier board along with it. SolidRun, one of the announced partners with NXP back in 2017 is not left behind by releasing its own set of i.MX 8M processor-based boards.
Following their successful i.MX6 based family; SolidRun has announced a brand new family of i.MX8M based platforms, including the i.MX8 SOM, HummingBoard Pulse single board computer, and CuBox Pulse fanless mini PC. SolidRun is introducing this new family following NXP’s inclusion of the company as part of a handful of early adopting partners.
The new i.MX8 line of processors are 64-bit, ARM-based chips with support for 4K and they’re expected to come in a few different configurations. The new family will feature up to four 1.5 GHz ARM® Cortex® A53 cores with a Cortex M4 general purpose processor, high-speed connectivity interfaces and flexible memory options, offering 4K UltraHD resolution and HDR video quality, the highest levels of pro audio fidelity and up to 20 audio channels.
SolidRun i.MX8 SOM
The SolidRun i.MX 8M SOM is one of the smallest system-on-module to be released measuring just 47 x 30 mm, a close comparison to the InooComm’s 50 x 50mm SOM. “The i.MX8 SOM will allow developers and OEMs to simplify the production cycle and reduce time-to-market drastically. The company’s mix-and-match concept “will allow users to easily switch between different SOM grades and configurations as needed” says SolidRun. The module is available for purchase on SolidRun site, and they come in different configurations as listed below:
- The Dual with 1GB RAM – $80
- The Quad Lite with 1GB – $90
- The Quad with 2GB RAM – $105
- The Dual with 1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, and WIFi Plus BT – $140
- The Quad Lite with 1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, and WIFi Plus BT – $150
- The Quad with 2GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, and WIFi Plus BT – $160
They all have Cortex-A53 cores clocked from 1.3GHz to 1.5GHz, as well as the i.MX8M‘s built-in Cortex-M4 MCU and Vivante GC7000 Lite GPU. All configurations are capable of generating [email protected] video with HDR.