Starter Kit

 

PMD Time-Of-Flight Camera Starter Kit

 

The Time-Of-Flight camera starter kit provides a modular hardware platform enabling development of embedded ToF applications using the NXP i.MX 8M Mini SOM and the PMD 38K TOF camera.

The starter kit is assembled as a miniature multi-layer "Cube". This "Cube", when assembled together, presents an i.MX 8M Mini-based embedded computer with ToF vision, composed of the following stacked hardware modules:

  • Emcraft i.MX 8M Mini System-On-Module (SOM), in the following configuration: i.MX 8M Mini Quad, 2GB LPDDR4, 16GB eMMC, WiFi/BT, Commercial Temp range. The SOM is an off-the-shelf embedded computer module, which comes pre-loaded with Linux and binary PMD Roayle/Spectre ToF software stack, allowing for immediate development of ToF camera applications.
  • MEDIA board is a second board in the stack, which provides various UI, multimedia and I/O interfaces.
  • PMD TOF camera with the adapter board interfaces to the MEDIA board. Specific TOF camera included with the kit has the following parameters: HQVGA 224x172 (38K) pixels, 100x80 FOV, 24.7x10.7x5.8 mm, up to 60FPS (3D frames). The camera interfaces to the i.MX 8M Mini via 2-lane MIPI-CSI2 and I2C interfaces.
  • HGI board is a third board in the stack, which provides additional connectivity and I/O interfaces.


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The following additional items are included in the kit:

  • USB-to-UART converter "dongle";
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable;
  • Ethernet cable;
  • MIPI-DSI-to-HDMI converter "dongle";
  • HDMI cable.

SOM

 

i.MX 8M Mini System-on-Module

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The Emcraft i.MX 8M Mini System-On-Module (SOM) is a miniature mezzanine module (50mm x 50mm) that combines the NXP i.MX 8M Mini multi-core application processor with 1-4GB LPDDR4, 4-64GB eMMC and a WiFi / BT module on a single board. The i.MX 8M Mini features up to four Cortex-A53 processor cores running at 2GHz and a Cortex-M4 core at 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 three board-to-board connectors.


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


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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 LPDDR4 SOM top view 1A
May 19, 2020
i.MX 8M Mini LPDDR4 SOM bottom view 1A
May 19, 2020
i.MX 8M Mini SOM being plugged into carrier board 1A
May 26, 2020
High-Level Diagrams
i.MX 8M Mini LPDDR4 SOM high-level diagram 1A
May 19, 2020
i.MX 8M Mini kit block-diagram 1A
Coming soon
Hardware Documentation
i.MX 8M Mini SOM hardware architecture specification 1.0 Coming soon
i.MX 8M Mini SOM pin-out
(requires registration and login)
1A
May 19, 2020
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
May 19, 2020
i.MX 8M Mini SOM CE certificate 1A
May 25, 2020
Hardware Materials
i.MX 8M Mini LPDDR4 SOM 3D model (Step file)
(requires registration and login)
1A
Sep 24, 2020
i.MX 8M Mini SOM mechanical drawing
(requires registration and login)
1A
Oct 29, 2020
i.MX 8M Mini LPDDR4 SOM 3D PDF view
Please use 3D PDF viewer
(requires registration and login)
1A
Sep 30, 2020
MEDIA I/O board schematics
(requires registration and login)
1A
May 21, 2020
MEDIA I/O board to Liteon A65 camera adapter schematics
(requires registration and login)
1A
May 21, 2020
HGI (HoverGamesInterposer) I/O board schematics
(requires registration and  login)
1A
May 21, 2020
MIPI-DSI-to-HDMI add-on board schematics
(requires registration and login)
1A
Jun 5, 2020
Ethernet and MIPI-FRIDA interface schematics add-on board
(requires registration and login)
1A
May 21, 2020
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

 

Software

 

Software Documentation

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This page provides various documentation materials describing set up of the Starter Kit and use of the software distribution.

 

Resource Subject
Download Date
Application Notes
Setting up the i.MX 8M Mini SOM starter kit
#kit
Jul 17, 2020
Understanding and running Yocto build
#linux
#yocto
Jul 17, 2020
Understanding boot devices
#kit
#boot
Aug 5, 2020
Installing Linux using USB serial downloader
#kit
#uuu
Jul 17, 2020
Booting from eMMC
#kit
#emmc
Aug 5, 2020
Booting Linux from SD card
#kit
#sdcard
Aug 5, 2020
Setting up Ethernet link
#linux
#ether
Jun 2, 2020
Setting up WiFi
#linux
#wifi
Jun 30, 2020
Setting up Bluetooth
#linux
#bt
Jun 26, 2020
Using PMD A65 camera
#linux
#csi
Jul 17, 2020
Developing standalone Linux applications
#linux
#tools
Aug 5, 2020
Understanding Royale API
#linux
#tof
Sep 8, 2020
Understanding PMD Royale viewer rendering tool
#linux
#tof
Aug 3, 2020
Understanding performance of Royale APIs on i.MX 8M Mini
#linux
#tof
Sep 3, 2020
Developing standalone Royale client application
#linux
#tof
Sep 8, 2020
Integrating Royale with a ROS application
#linux
#tof
Sep 23, 2020

Services

 

i.MX 8M Mini Engineering Services

 

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

  • Customization of Yocto build and meta-layer for custom requirements
  • Portation of Linux and FreeRTOS BSPs to custom hardware boards
  • Development, validation and integration of Linux and FreeRTOS device drivers
  • OTA software updates, with support for redundant boot images and fail-back to previous boot set on update failure
  • Secure boot, using the NXP HAB (Hardware-Assisted Boot) capability
  • Boot time optimizations
  • Power consumption optimizations
  • Customization of SDP-based (uuu manufacturing tool) software load and test.

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
  • Review of custom carrier boards for the Emcraft i.MX 8M Mini SOM.

Order

 

Ordering Info

 

Contact Emcraft to get a quote for required configuration and quantity of the i.MX 8M Mini SOM and the PMD ToF camera.

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i.MX 8M Mini System-On-Module

 

The Emcraft i.MX 8M System-On-Module (SOM) provides an off-the-shelf embedded module solution using the NXP i.MX 8M Mini SOC. The SOM combines the i.MX 8M Mini multi-core application processor with 1-4GB LPDDR4, 4-64GB eMMC and a WiFi / BT module on a miniature mezzanine board (50x50mm).

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