SOM

 

i.MX 8M Mini System-On-Module

 


The Emcraft i.MX 8M Mini System-On-Module (SOM) is a mezzanine module (60mm x 80mm) that combines the NXP i.MX 8M Mini multi-core application processor with up to 4GB LPDDR4, up to 64 GB eMMC and a WiFi / Bluetooth module on a single board. The i.MX 8M Mini features up to four Cortex-A53 cores at up to 2GHz and a Cortex-M4 core at up to 400MHz for low-power and real-time operation, with 1080p video encode and decode, 2D and 3D graphics, display and camera interfaces, multi-channel audio and advanced I/O connectivity. The i.MX 8M Mini processor I/O interfaces are available for a carrier board on the four 80-pin board-to-board connectors.

UI and video demo
on high-resolution TV using
i.MX 8M Mini

i.MX 8M Mini runs
a Qt / QML GUI
on 1080p HMI panel

The following is the high-level diagram of the i.MX 8M Mini SOM:


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Emcraft develops and maintains Linux, FreeRTOS and Android software BSPs and distributions for the i.MX 8M Mini System-On-Module.

Starter Kit

 

i.MX 8M Mini SOM Starter Kit

 


The i.MX 8M Mini SOM Starter Kit provides a hardware platform enabling development of i.MX 8M Mini applications using the Emcraft i.MX 8M Mini system-on-module. The kit includes the following items:

  • i.MX 8M Mini SOM module, in the following configuration:
    1GB LPDDR4, 4GB eMMC, WiFi/BT, heatsink, Commercial Temp range;
  • Development baseboard (IMX8M-SOM-BSB);
  • External 12V power supply;
  • WiFi/Bluetooth antenna;
  • Mini-USB cable for the serial console.


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Here is the high-level block diagram of the IMX8M-SOM-BSB baseboad.


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5.5" MIPI-DSI LCD Add-On

As shown in the above high-level block diagram above, the IMX8M-SOM-BSB carrier board provides a MIPI-DSI connector. This connector (P3) resides on the bottom side of the IMX8M-SOM-BSB (and therefore is not visible in the photo on the page above) and has the following pin-out.

As an add-on to the i.MX 8M Mini Starter Kit, the LCD-FRD55 add-on board is available from Emcraft. This board mates to the P3 connector on the IMX8M-SOM-BSB carrier board and has the following high-level specs:

  • 5.5" FullHD (1920x1080) MIPI-DSI display;
  • Capacitive touch screen.

Detailed specs for the LCD FRD55 add-on board are available from this page.


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Hardware

 

Hardware Resources

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Here you will find hardware specifications, design files and various hardware materials describing the i.MX 8M Mini SOM and the Starter Kit.

 

i.MX 8M Mini SOM Resources Download Version # Date
Photos
i.MX 8M Mini SOM top view 1A
Coming soon
i.MX 8M Mini SOM bottom view 1A
Coming soon
i.MX 8M Mini SOM being plugged into
IMX8M-SOM-BSB
1A
Coming soon
High-Level Diagrams
i.MX 8M Mini SOM high-level diagram 1A
Dec 29, 2018
IMX8M-SOM-BSB high-level diagram 1A
Dec 29, 2018
Hardware Documentation
i.MX 8M Mini SOM hardware architecture specification
(requires registration and login)
1.0 Coming soon
i.MX 8M Mini SOM pin-out
(requires registration and login)
1A
Coming soon
i.MX 8M Mini SOM environmental specification 1A Coming soon
i.MX 8M Mini SOM power consumption 1A Coming soon
i.MX 8M Mini SOM thermal management 1A Coming soon
i.MX 8M Mini SOM longevity statement 1A Coming soon
i.MX 8M Mini SOM CE certificate 1A
Coming soon
Hardware Materials
i.MX 8M Mini SOM 3D model
(requires registration and login)
1A
Dec 29, 2018
i.MX 8M Mini SOM mechanical drawing
(requires registration and login)
1A
Dec 29, 2018
IMX8M-SOM-BSB schematics (PDF)
(requires registration and  login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018
IMX8M-SOM-BSB schematics (ORCAD)
(requires registration and  login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018
IMX8M-SOM-BSB Bill-Of-Materials (BOM)
(requires registration and login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018
IMX8M-SOM-BSB 3D model
(requires registration and login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018
IMX8M-SOM-BSB mechanical drawing
(requires registration and login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018
IMX8M-SOM-BSB Rev 1A known problems and limitations
(requires registration and login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018
IMX8M-SOM-BSB PCB stacked view
Please use 3D PDF viewer
(requires registration and login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018
IMX8M-SOM-BSB baseboard CAD design package (ORCAD)
(requires registration and login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018
LCD-FRD55 schematics
(requires registration and login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018
LCD-FRD55 Bill-Of-Materials (BOM)
(requires registration and login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018
LCD-FRD55 Cadence (Allegro) database
(requires registration and login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018
LCD-FRD55 baseboard CAD design package (ORCAD)
(requires registration and  login)
1A
Nov 27, 2018

 

Software

 

Software Release

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Emcraft supports Linux as an operating system for the i.MX 8M Mini Cortex-A53 processor core.

All i.MX 8M Mini System-On-Modules come preloaded with Linux and U-Boot. Full source files of U-Boot and the Linux BSP are provided for free download, along with the Linux distribution and cross-development environment. Both U-Boot and Linux are royalty-free.

 

Resources Download Version #
Date
Release Files
Release Notes.
Read this to understand features supported by this release of the product.
2.7.0
Coming soon
Prebuilt bootable Linux images 2.7.0
Dec 29, 2018
Emcraft i.MX 8M Mini add-on layer to NXP Yocto 2.7.0
Dec 29, 2018
Prebuilt Yocto toochain
(meta-toolchain-qt5)
2.7.0
Dec 29, 2018
Emcraft FreeRTOS BSP layer 2.7.0
Dec 29, 2018

Docs

 

i.MX 8M Mini SOM Documentation

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This page provides various documentation materials for the i.MX 8M Mini System-On-Module (SOM).

 

Resource Subject
Download Date
Application Notes
Setting up the i.MX 8M Mini SOM starter kit
#kit
Nov 27, 2018
Selecting boot device
#kit
#boot
Nov 27, 2018
Booting Linux from SD Card

#linux
#uboot

Nov 27, 2018
Booting Linux from eMMC

#linux
#uboot

Nov 27, 2018
Booting firmware from USB serial downloader

#uboot
#usb

Nov 27, 2018
Running U-Boot
#uboot
Nov 27, 2018
Building bootable Linux images
#linux
#yocto
Nov 27, 2018
Building U-Boot
#uboot
Nov 27, 2018
Building Linux kernel
#linux
#kernel
Nov 27, 2018
Loading Linux kernel images via Ethernet and TFTP
#linux
#uboot
Nov 27, 2018
Using eMMC in Linux
#linux
#emmc
Nov 27, 2018
Using SD card in Linux
#linux
#sdio
Nov 27, 2018
Using Ethernet in Linux
#linux
#ethernet
Nov 27, 2018
Using WiFi in Linux
#linux
#wifi
Nov 27, 2018
Using Bluetooth serial port profile in Linux
#linux
#bt
Nov 27, 2018
Using i.MX 8M Mini UART ports in Linux
#linux
#uart
Nov 27, 2018
Using I2C in Linux
#linux
#i2c
Nov 27, 2018
Accessing SPI Devices in Linux
#linux
#spi
Nov 27, 2018
Using PWM interfaces in Linux
#linux
#pwm
Nov 27, 2018
Controlling GPIO in Linux
#linux
#gpio
Nov 27, 2018
Using PCI.e M.2 connector
#linux
#pcie
Nov 27, 2018
Using MIPI-DSI to connect the LCD-FRD55 LCD Add-On board #linux
#dsi
Nov 27, 2018
Using MIPI-DSI to connect to an HDMI display / TV in Linux
#linux
#dsi
Nov 27, 2018
Configuring orientation of HDMI display
#linux
#hdmi
Nov 27, 2018
Running Qt/QML in full screen mode
#linux
#qt
Nov 27, 2018
Using camera in Linux
#linux
#csi
Nov 27, 2018
Using RTC in Linux
#linux
#rtc
Nov 27, 2018
Using Cortex-M4 from Linux
#freertos
Nov 27, 2018
FreeRTOS BSP for the Emcraft i.MX 8M Mini SOM
#freertos
Nov 27, 2018
Debugging the i.MX 8M Mini SOM using ARM DS-5
#debug
#jtag
Nov 27, 2018
Remote debugging with GDB
#debug
#gdb
Nov 27, 2018
Remote debugging with Eclipse
#debug
#eclipse
Nov 27, 2018
Running Debian on i.MX 8M Mini SOM
#debian
Nov 27, 2018
Running Ubuntu on i.MX 8M Mini  SOM
#ubuntu
Nov 27, 2018
i.MX 8M Mini starter kit LCD add-on board interface #kit
#dsi
Nov 27, 2018
i.MX 8M Mini starter kit RPi-compatible expansion header
#kit
#rpi
Nov 27, 2018
i.MX 8M Mini starter kit PCI.e M.2 expansion connector
#kit
#pcie
Nov 27, 2018

Design Kit

 

i.MX 8M Mini Design Kit

 

For customers who would like to save engineering costs and risks, Emcraft offers the i.MX 8M Mini Design Kit, which can be used as a proven design starting point for a custom i.MX 8M Mini SOM design. The kit includes the following items:

  • Orcad design files, Bill-Of-Materials, layout files for the i.MX 8M Mini SOM
  • Suggested mapping of signals from the i.MX 8M Mini pads to I/O interfaces required in your i.MX 8M Mini design
  • Engineering review of your i.MX 8M Mini design
  • i.MX 8M Mini Hardware Test Plan and reference Hardware Test Report developed by Emcraft for the i.MX 8M Mini SOM and Starter Kit
  • i.MX 8M Mini Software Load and Test specification and software scripts developed by Emcraft for the i.MX 8M Mini SOM and Starter Kit.

 

Services

 

i.MX 8M Mini Development Services

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Emcraft provides software development services for the NXP i.MX 8M Mini:

  • Portation of Linux and Android BSPs to custom i.MX 8M Mini hardware boards.
  • Development, validation and integration of Linux and U-Boot device drivers.
  • Portation of Linux user-space packages and components to the i.MX 8M Mini.
  • Boot time optimization.
  • Power consumption customization.
  • Development of Linux application code for the i.MX 8M Mini.
  • RTOS development for Cortex-M4 core of the i.MX 8M Mini.
  • GUI development and graphical design.

Emcraft provides hardware development services for the NXP i.MX 8M Mini:

  • Development of custom i.MX 8M Mini boards based on the Emcraft i.MX 8M Mini reference design.

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i.MX 8M System-On-Module

The Emcraft i.MX 8M System-On-Module provides a scalable module solution using the NXP i.MX 8M processor, mechanically and electrically-compatible with the i.MX 8M Mini SOM. In comparison with the i.MX 8M Mini, the i.MX 8M provides dual-display (HDMI, MIPI-DSI), dual camera, USB 3.0 and some other advanced connectivity options.

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