CompuLab’s IOT-GATE-iMX8 is a low cost, modular IoT Gateway optimized for industrial applications

CompuLab’s IOT-GATE-iMX8 is a low cost, modular IoT Gateway optimized for industrial applications

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CompuLab introduces IOT-GATE-iMX8 – a low cost, industrial IoT gateway, offering exceptional connectivity and versatility in a miniature, rugged housing. Built around CompuLab’s UCM-iMX8M-Mini System-on-Module, IOT-GATE-iMX8 features the NXP i.MX8M Mini SoC coupled with up-to 4GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Targeting industrial control and monitoring applications, IOT-GATE-iMX8 delivers an assortment of wireless and wired interfaces required in typical IoT systems:

  • Built-in LTE modem and GNSS
  • WiFi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1
  • 2x Ethernet, up-to 3x RS485 / RS232 ports
  • 3x USB, 2x CAN-FD, digital I/O

Optimized for Industrial Deployment

IOT-GATE-iMX8 is specifically designed to address the requirements of IoT integration in industrial environments:

  • Operation in wide temperature range of -40C to 80C
  • Shock, vibration, dust and humidity resistance
  • Wide input voltage range of 8V to 36V
  • Isolated industrial interfaces (CAN, RS485, digital I/O)
  • DIN-rail and wall / VESA mounting

Modular and Customizable

Each IoT project presents different connectivity requirements that cannot be addressed with a single hardware configuration. IOT-GATE-iMX8’s highly modular design provides a wide range of different I/O combinations:

  • 2x mini-PCIe sockets and 4x antennae connectors for wireless modules (WiFi, Bluetooth, cellular, LoRa etc.)
  • Built-in I/O modules support any combination of up-to 2x CAN-FD / RS485 / RS232 ports and digital I/O
  • Optional, secondary eMMC module for extra capacity or storage redundancy

IOT-GATE-iMX8 functionality can be extended even further with custom, application specific I/O expansion boards. In addition, customers that require a radically customized form-factor or functionality can leverage IOT-GATE-iMX8 for development and quick proof-of-concept and then make a seamless transition to a fully custom design with the UCM-iMX8M-Mini System-on-Module, while benefiting from proven hardware and existing software stack.

For projects that do not require housing, IOT-GATE-iMX8 is also offered without the enclosure – as SBC-IOT-iMX8.

Software Support

IOT-GATE-iMX8 is provided with ready-to-run Debian Linux with built-in Docker support and easy-to-use deployment tools, allowing customers to focus on application development.

Customers who prefer to configure a custom O/S image can leverage the IOT-GATE-iMX8 Yocto BSP which includes Linux kernel 5.4, Yocto Project 3.0 and U-Boot boot-loader.

In addition, IOT-GATE-iMX8 supports popular IoT frameworks such as Docker, Microsoft Azure IoT and AWS Greengrass. OTA updates can be integrated using a pre-configured Mender Yocto layer.

Availability and Pricing

IOT-GATE-iMX8 and SBC-IOT-iMX8 are available now through CompuLab’s worldwide distribution channel and through direct sales (www.compulab.com).
IOT-GATE-iMX8 is offered at a variety of configurations starting from $114 for volume orders.
SBC-IOT-iMX8 is offered at a variety of configurations starting from $94 for volume orders.
Detailed ordering and pricing information is available at IOT-GATE-iMX8 and SBC-IOT-iMX8 product pages.

Mike is the founder and editor of Electronics-Lab.com, an electronics engineering community/news and project sharing platform. He studied Electronics and Physics and enjoys everything that has moving electrons and fun. His interests lying on solar cells, microcontrollers and switchmode power supplies. Feel free to reach him for feedback, random tips or just to say hello :-)

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