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8devices TobuFi: Qualcomm-based SoM for Drone & Robotics with Yocto Support

Apr 9, 2024 — by Giorgio Mendoza 273 views

8devices has introduced TobuFi, an innovative System on Module that combines a Qualcomm QCS405 processor with a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 radio, marking a significant advancement in the field of embedded systems. This SoM is versatile, catering to a wide range of applications including drones, robotics, advanced audio systems, and home assistants.

TobuFi accommodates the Qualcomm QCS405 System-on-Chip with the following architecture:

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TobuFi block diagram
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TobuFi is designed with 1GB LPDDR3 memory and 8GB eMMC storage, facilitating efficient data management and processing. It also supports multiple display resolutions and offers a wide array of interfaces including USB 3.0, HDMI, I2S, DMIC, SDC, UART, SPI, I2C, and GPIO.


TobuFi DVK interfaces
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In terms of wireless capabilities, TobuFi stands out with its dual Wi-Fi functionality. It incorporates the Qualcomm QCN9074 Wi-Fi 6 chipset, supporting both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands with 2×4 MU-MIMO (2 transmit chains and 4 receive chains), and offers bandwidth options of 20/40/80/160 MHz. The module achieves an RF output power of up to 28dBm at 2.4 GHz and 27dBm at 5 GHz.

Furthermore, it includes the Qualcomm WCN9380 Wi-Fi 5, also covering 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies with 1×1 MU-MIMO and providing RF output power of up to 22dBm at 2.4 GHz and 20dBm at 5 GHz. This dual-band Wi-Fi setup ensures reliable and flexible wireless connectivity for a myriad of applications.

TobuFi SoM top view
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The TobuFi’s software environment is built on OpenEmbedded/Yocto, offering a comprehensive and adaptable development platform. This includes multiple Board Support Package (BSP) and application layers, as well as a range of development and upgrade tools. These capabilities facilitate seamless integration of TobuFi modules and enable the development of customized software distributions.

Specifications listed for the 8devices TobuFi:

  • Memory/Storage:
    • LPDDR3 1GB + eMMC 8GB
    • 1x 8-bit (SDC1, 1.8 V)
    • 1x 4-bit (SDC2, 1.8/2.95 V)
  • Display:
    • One 4-lane MIPI DSI ports
    • DSI (up to 720P)
    • HDMIv1.4a (up to 1080p @30fps)
    • RGB support, SPI
  • Audio:
    • Serial low-power interchip media bus (SLIMbus)
    • MI2S
  • Connectivity:
  • USB:
    • USB 2.0
    • USB 3.0
  • Mechanical:
    • 36.6 x 76.6mm

Further Information

TobuFi SoM is available for pre-order at $159.00, while the TobuFi Development Kit is priced at $399.00. The estimated delivery date for these products is June of 2024.

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