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Tiny ARM Cortex A9-based motherboard runs Linux, Android

Mar 25, 2013  |  Rick Lehrbaum
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iWave Systems has released a Pico-ITX motherboard based on Freescale’s single- and dual-core i.MX 6 processors, which integrate ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs plus 2D and 3D GPUs. Unlike SODIMM-style COMs (computer-on-modules), iWave’s i.MX6 Pico ITX SBC offers easy connection of audio, video, Ethernet, and USB I/O, without requiring a custom baseboard.

iWave says its tiny 100 x 72 mm motherboard is well suited for use in industrial control, home energy management, and portable medical equipment. In addition to its ARM-based Freescale processor, the board also includes a wide range of networking, A/V, and communications interfaces (see list below). Application development is eased by virtue of ready-to-use BSPs (board-support packages) for Linux 3.0.35 and Android.



iWave’s tiny i.MX6 pico-ITX motherboard
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Key features and specs of the iWave i.MX6 Pico ITX SBC, as listed by the company, include:

  • Based on single- and dual-core Freescale i.MX6 processors
    • ARM Cortex-A9, clocked at up to 1GHz
    • 3D and 2D GPUs
  • Up to 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • Micro SD and standard SD/SDIO slots; onboard eMMC (option)
  • Optional SATA connector (depends on model)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2x USB Host; 1x USB OTG port
  • AC97 audio codec with analog audio I/O connector
  • Dual display, dual camera inputs
    • HDMI A/V connector (option)
    • LVDS port, with support for backlight and resistive touch
    • 8-bit CMOS camera connector; 2-lanes MIPI camera connector
  • Debug support: MicroUSB port; optional JTAG header; dip switch; status LEDs
  • Half mini-PCIe card slot for add-on WiFi, BlueTooth, GPS, etc.
  • 84-pin expansion header includes: MIPI DSI; SPI; CSI0 CANbus; UART; I2C; GPIOs; LVDS1 (option); MLB (option)
  • Operating temperature range: -20 to +85 deg C
  • Power requirements: 5VDC @ 2A
  • Pico ITX form-factor — 100 x 72 mm

Block diagrams of Freescale’s single- and dual-core i.MX6 SOCs (system-on-chip processors) appear below.



i.MX6 single- and dual-core block diagrams
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For more information regarding the tiny i.MX6 Pico ITX motherboard, visit iWave’s website, here.
 

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