Smarc 2.0 module
Congatec (Germany) has announced the conga-SMX8, the company’s first Smarc 2.0 Computer-on-Module. It is suitable for IoT applications as well as for embedded control systems.
The introduced Smarc 2.0 modules with NXP i.MX8 processors, hardware-based virtualization, and resource partitioning are designed for stationary and mobile industrial applications including real-time robotics and motion controls. Since the modules are qualified for the extended ambient temperature range from -40 °C to +85 °C, they can also be used in fleet management systems for commercial vehicles or infotainment applications in cabs, busses, and trains as well as all the new electric and autonomous vehicles.
“Due to the tremendous increase in performance, functionality and connectivity of ARM architectures, ARM based Computer-on-Modules gain significantly more importance and acceptance, as they reduce the overall system design costs for hardware and software and enable faster time to market for the final end application,” explained Martin Danzer from Congatec. “Our Smarc 2.0 modules are application-ready sub systems that come with a comprehensive ecosystem such as ready-to-go boot loader implementation, pre-qualified Linux, and Android BSPs and fully featured evaluation carrier boards as well as personal integration support and a broad range of individually selectable technical services to significantly simplify the integration of this new i.MX8 processor for our customers.”
The feature set of the module from Congatec includes two Classical CAN interfaces. Additionally, the product provides two Ethernet ports including optional IEEE1588 compliant precision clock synchronization as well as a Wi-Fi interface. There also up to seven USB channels, up to two PCIe connectors, four UART links, and one Sata 3.0 interface. Up to three displays can be connected via HDMI 2.0 as well as to video cameras. The board comes as application-ready device including U-Boot and board spport packages for Linux, Yocto, and Android.
The computer-on-modules are complemented by add-on services offered by the German supplier. This includes the personal design-in support available for each OEM implementation as well as the individually selectable next-level support of the Technical Solutions Center. This team of specialists addresses customized needs – from requirements engineering support and boot loader configuration with extended OS (operating system) support to test, validation, and debugging services.
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