- March 14, 2019
March 14, 2019 - congatec introduced a SMARC 2.0 Quick Starter Kit for the NXP i.MX 8 QuadMax processor family. The kit offers everything developers need for the immediate evaluation of the NXP i.MX 8 processor generation. Developers of vision-based AI applications, in particular, can use the natively supported integrated MIPI interfaces and optional pre-configured software support for artificial intelligence.
Services offered by the Technical Solution Center for the new SMARC 2.0 and Qseven modules with NXP i.MX 8X processors range from High Assurance Booting (HAB) implementation, bootloader and OS image authentication through private and public key cryptography and customer-specific BSP adaptation to software maintenance for Linux and Android. The offering further includes selection of suitable carrier board components and design reviews as well as signal compliance tests, thermal simulations, MTBF calculations, and debugging services for customer-specific solutions.
The congatec SMARC 2.0 Quick Starter Kit integrates conga-SMX8 computer modules with either the low-power NXP i.MX 8X or the high-end NXP i.MX 8 (QuadMax) series, as well as a conga-SEVAL evaluation carrier board, which offers access to all interfaces and functions for SMARC 2.0 based NXP i.MX 8 designs. The evaluation carrier supports a set of interfaces including 4x PCIe x1, 1x mini PCIe, 2x USB 3.0, and 4x USB 2.0 for generic extensions. Next to 2x RJ45 for Gigabit Ethernet, 4x COM, 1x CAN bus and 12 GPIOs are also available. Displays can be connected via dual channel LVDS, eDP, DP and 2x MIPI-DSI, and additional storage media via an SD/MMC socket and 1x SATA 6G. Digital and analog audio I/Os for I2S and HDA complete the interface offer.
The Quick Starter Kit also includes an ATX power supply, the conga-ACA2 MIPI CSI-2 dual camera module, WLAN antenna, LVDS adapter, SATA, USB cable and a cooling solution for the module. On software side, a qualified bootloader package and board support packages for Linux, Yocto and Android are available through the congatec Git server.