The Q7-IMX6 from MSC (Germany) is a CAN-connectable embedded module with graphics capabilities. It is offered with four different processor versions and is usable as a single-core, dual-core or even quad-core computing module.
AMONG THE QSEVEN INTERFACE SET, CAN, SM bus, I2C, SPI, and two USB interfaces are available. The USB lines may be extended up to eight via an optional hub device. PCI Express is provided as well as Gigabit Ethernet and AC’97 audio. The HDMI graphics output supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) as well as dual-channel LVDS with 18 or 24 bits. The internal graphics controller supports the parallel operation of three independent monitors. An additional connector may be contacted on the module and provides a UART, SPI, Mipi-CSI and a BT.656 camera interface.
The module is using the 1,2-GHz ARM processor i.MX6 by Freescale, which contains a Cortex-A9 RISC CPU with up to four cores. All models (except the single-core) provide the Freescale’s Triple Play graphics architecture, which consists of decoder hardware for 3D videos (dual-stream) up to Full-HD resolution (1080 p). Up to four shaders (up to 200 MT/s) for 3D graphics, a separate 2D BLT engine for acceleration of user interfaces along with an additional 2D OpenVG engine for vector-based graphics are offered. The device provides 512 MiB to 4 GiB of DDR3 DRAM memory. Additionally, a 128-MiB NOR Flash device stores the boot loader while an optional NAND Flash memory up to 8 GiB can be used as Flash disk. An up to 3-Gbps Sata-II interface is available to support external data and program storage.
First samples will be offered in January 2013 together with ready-to-run starter kits. The device will be accompanied by driver and BSP support for Linux and Windows Embedded Compact 7. MSC can provide a baseboard (MSC Q7-MB-EP4) for evaluation and test of the module. The Qseven MSC Q7-MB-RP2 reference platform available in ATX format may be used as development environment. The manufacturer offers an availability of at least 7 years for the module.
The module with industrial temperature rating (also with extended temperature range) consumes less than 5 W, which makes it usable in portable, battery-powered applications. It is also suited for HMI applications (human-machine interfaces) in medical systems, control stations in domotics or display systems in POS (point of sales), etc.
The company is a European-wide service company in the field of electronic components, board-level products, and customer-specific development of industrial hardware. Founded in 1982, it operates as a distributor and manufacturer with over 1600 employees.
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