Starter Kit

 

NXP 8M Plus NavQ+ Starter Kit

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The NXP 8M Plus NavQ+ starter kit is assembled as a two-board stack. This kit, when assembled together, presents an i.MX 8M Plus-based embedded computer with MIPI-CSI2 vision, composed of the following stacked hardware modules:

  • Emcraft i.MX 8M Plus System-On-Module (SOM), in the following configuration: i.MX 8M Plus Quad, 8GB LPDDR4, 32GB eMMC, Commercial Temp range. The SOM is an off-the-shelf embedded computer module, which comes pre-loaded with Linux, allowing for immediate development of mobile robotics applications.
  • The NAVQ+ base board is a second board in the stack, which provides various UI, multimedia and I/O interfaces, specifically: 2 USB 3.0, WiFi/BT, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 MIPI CSI, MIPI DSI, 2 LVDS, PCIe, 2 CAN, HDMI,100BASE-T1 Automotive Ethernet, NFC.


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The following additional items are included in the kit:

  • USB-to-UART converter "dongle";
  • WiFi Antenna;
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable;
  • Power Input cable, SYR 2 Pins to GHR 5 pins;
  • IX Industrial IP20 to IX RJ45 acble;
  • 2 CAN cables;
  • 2wire Data cable.

SOM

 

i.MX 8M Plus System-on-Module

 


The Emcraft i.MX 8M Plus System-On-Module (SOM) is a miniature mezzanine module (58.4mm x 58.4mm) that combines the NXP i.MX 8M Plus multi-core application processor with 4-8GB LPDDR4, 32GB eMMC on a single board. The i.MX 8M Plus features up to four Cortex-A53 processor cores running at 1.8GHz and a Cortex-M7 core at 800MHz 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 Plus processor I/O interfaces are available for a carrier board on the two board-to-board connectors.


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


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Hardware

 

Hardware Resources

 

Here you will find hardware specifications, design files and various hardware materials describing the i.MX 8M Plus SOM and the starter kit.

 

i.MX 8M Plus SOM Resources Download Version # Date
Photos
i.MX 8M Plus SOM top view 1A
Jun 2, 2023
i.MX 8M Plus SOM bottom view 1A
Jun 2, 2023
i.MX 8M Plus SOM plugged into carrier board 1A/2A
Jun 2, 2023
High-Level Diagrams
i.MX 8M Plus SOM high-level diagram 1A
Jun 2, 2023
i.MX 8M Plus BSB block-diagram 2A
Jun 26, 2023
Hardware Documentation
i.MX 8M Plus SOM hardware architecture specification 1.0
Jun 21, 2023
i.MX 8M Plus SOM pin-out
(requires registration and login)
1A
Jun 21, 2023
i.MX 8M Plus SOM environmental specification 1A
Jun 19, 2023
i.MX 8M Plus SOM power consumption 1A
Aug 23, 2023
i.MX 8M Plus SOM thermal management 1A
Aug 23, 2023
i.MX 8M Plus SOM CE certificate 1A
Jun 21, 2023
Hardware Materials
i.MX 8M Plus SOM 3D model (Step file)
(requires registration and login)
1A
Jun 26, 2023
i.MX 8M Plus SOM mechanical drawing
(requires registration and login)
1A
Jun 21, 2023
NAVQ+ I/O board schematics
(requires registration and login)
2A
Jun 2, 2023

 

Releases

 

Releases

This page provides access to the Emcraft software releases:

 

Resource Link Date
Releases
Release 1.1.14-446
May 20, 2024
Release 1.1.13-443
Apr 3, 2024
Release 1.1.12-437
Jan 19, 2024
Release 1.1.11-426
Nov 27, 2023<
Release 1.1.10-421
Nov 10, 2023
Release 1.1.9-417
Oct 27, 2023
Release 1.1.8-409
Oct 16, 2023
Release 1.1.7-387
Sep 26, 2023
Release 1.1.6-363
Aug 31, 2023
Release 1.1.5-359
Jul 20, 2023
Release 1.1.4-336
Jun 8, 2023
Release 1.1.3-332
May 10, 2023
Release 1.1.2-323
Apr 7, 2023
Release 1.1.1-307
Mar 1, 2023
Release 1.1.0-297
Feb 10, 2023
Release 1.0.9-290
Jan 27, 2023
Release 1.0.8-273
Jan 14, 2023
Release 1.0.7-242
Dec 23, 2022
Release 1.0.6-228
Dec 9, 2022
Release 1.0.5-213
Nov 25, 2022
Release 1.0.4-197
Nov 16, 2022
Release 1.0.3-155
Oct 30, 2022
Release 1.0.2-128
Oct 14, 2022
Release 1.0.1-106
Sep 30, 2022

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
Getting Started
Setting up the i.MX 8M Plus SOM Starter Kit
#kit Jun 2, 2023
Linux Host Specification
#build
Jun 2, 2023
Building Linux Images for the i.MX 8M Plus SOM Starter Kit
#build
Jun 2, 2023
Flash SD Card with Linux Image #sdcard
#uuu
Jun 2, 2023
Installing Linux to the EMMC Using USB Serial Downloader

#emmc
#uuu

Jun 2, 2023
Software How-To’s
Setting up Ethernet Link #ethernet Jun 2, 2023
Setting up WiFi #wifi Jun 2, 2023
Setting up Bluetooth #bt Sep 11, 2023
Using Persistent User Storage #emmc
#sdcard
Oct 12, 2023
Controlling Status LED from Linux #led
#linux
Jun 2, 2023
Using Google Coral Camera #camera Oct 2, 2023
Using Emcraft OV5640 Camera #camera Oct 16, 2023
Using Emcraft OV5647 Camera #camera Oct 16, 2023
Using Emcraft IMX219 Camera #camera
Jan 24, 2024
Using Obsidian Thermal Camera with NAVQ+ #camera Oct 16, 2023
Using HDMI #hdmi Jun 2, 2023
Running Docker on i.MX 8M Plus #docker Jul 17, 2023
Integrating a USB Camera and Telemetry Sensors with Foxglove Studio #camera
Apr 3, 2024

Platform

 

NAVQ+ Platform Materials

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Emcraft supports a number of platform solutions based on the i.MX 8M Plus SOM and the NAVQ+ embedded computer. This page provides user materials (Application Notes, Demos, etc) for some of those platform solutions. Contact us to discuss details.

Resource Download Date
More
Navigation and SLAM
Introduction to ROS2 navigation and SLAM Sep 4, 2023
iRobot Create3 SLAM setup
Oct 12, 2023
Setup Linux host for running Rviz
Oct 12, 2023
PMD Flexx2 SLAM setup
Oct 13, 2023
Launching SLAM Sep 4, 2023
Enhanced object avoidance in SLAM using PMD USB Flexx2 camera Sep 5, 2023
Ethernet 3D Camera
Using PMD flexx2 3D camera with local UI (Royalviewer) running natively on i.MX 8M Plus
Oct 27, 2023
Using PMD flexx2 3D Camera in TCP Streaming Mode on i.MX 8M Plus
Oct 27, 2023
Zigbee, Matter and Thread Connectivity
Using Zigbee on NAVQ Plus
Nov 2, 2023
Connecting Aqara devices using the Matter protocol
Nov 2, 2023
Setting up OpenThread border router on NAVQ Plus
Nov 2, 2023
Connecting Eve Energy with NAVQ Plus using Matter protocol
Nov 2, 2023
Running Matter device on NAVQ Plus
Nov 13, 2023
Setting up Home Assistant with Matter plugin on NAVQ Plus
Nov 13, 2023
BLE Connectivity
Building and running AZ-N1 RISC-V BLE BSP Jun 2, 2023
Using BLE demo with the NAVQ+ Linux BSP Jun 2, 2023

Services

 

i.MX 8M Plus Engineering Services

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

  • 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 Plus:

  • Development of custom i.MX 8M Plus boards based on the Emcraft i.MX 8M Plus reference design;
  • Review of custom carrier boards for the Emcraft i.MX 8M Plus SOM.

Order

 

Ordering Info

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Contact Emcraft to get a quote for required configuration and quantity of the i.MX 8M Plus SOM and the NXP NavQ+ starter kit.

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