PicoCore MX8MP Module features i.MX8M Plus CPU and ships with a Starterkit

PicoCore MX8MP Module features i.MX8M Plus CPU and ships with a Starterkit

F&S Electronics recently made some announcements regarding three of its Linux-driven modules built around NXP’s i.MX8 processors: the i.MX8M Mini based PicoCore MX8MM module, the i.MX8X-based efus MX8X module, and the NXP’s i.MX8M Plus-based PicoCore MX8MP module, which we will focus on here.

PicoCore™MX8MP Module

The new PicoCore MX8MP module is a very small and reliable module (40 mm x 35 mm) with good multimedia functions. It is suitable for compact devices for machine learning, industrial IoT, and medical applications.

PicoCore MX8MP runs Linux on NXP’s NPU-equipped i.MX8M Plus CPU and is equipped with up to 8GB LPDDR4 and 32GB eMMC EEPROM. The i.MX8M Plus CPU combines low power high-performance computing with enhanced system security for edge node computing, advanced multimedia and machine learning applications. It is a multi-core application processor that features a dual or quad ARM® Cortex®-A53 core running @ up to 1.8GHz, a Cortex®-M7 core @ 800MHz, and a 2.3-TOPs NPU. It also supports 1920 x 1080 @ 60fps encoding and decoding, 2D/3D GPUs, 800MHz HiFi4 DSP and 2x ISPs for stereo vision.

Other features of the 10-gram PicoCore MX8MP module include 802.11ac/a/b/g/n WLAN, BT 5.0 LE, dual GbE ports, 2x external SD card slot, 2x USB 2.0/3.0, 1x USB OTG 2.0/ 3.0, PCIe, SSI, QSPI, 2x CAN, 4x UART, 4x I2C, 2x SPI, 4x PWM, audio line in/ out/ Mic/ Headphone/ I2S, 2x GbE (opt. RGMII), LVDS/MIPI-DSI/HDMI display interfaces, 2x MIPI-CSI camera interfaces, SPDIF, ESAI, SAI, SSI, and an RTC powered through the CPU or external IC. Supply voltage is 3.5V – 5.5V DC while power consumption is 3W. The module supports operating temperature range of 0°C – +70°C with optional -20°C – +85°C and optional -40°C – +85°C.

You can order for the PicoCore MX8MP module directly from F&S Elektronik Systeme or from other dealers. The module ships with full Linux BSP with Builtdroot/Yocto installed and FreeRTOS for the Cortex-M78.

PicoCore™MX8MP Starter Kit

The company is also offering a ready-to-run PicoCore™MX8MP Starter Kit for an easy start of development. This kit includes an LVDS-equipped V4I-LIN version of the PicoCore MX8MP, a 7-inch analog-resistive PCAP touch panel, and a compact baseboard with dual GbE ports, dual USB host ports, micro-USB OTG port, microSD slot, and audio I/O jack.

The Starterkit is currently available for pre-order at $436 with delivery scheduled for later this quarter.

Further details on both the module and the starter kit can be found in the following links:

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About Emmanuel Odunlade

Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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