congatec Relies on ARM and SMARC iMX8 for SMARC 2.0

congatec announces the conga SMX8, its first SMARC 2.0 Computer-on-Module based on the 64-bit NXP i.MX8 multi-core ARM processor family.

The ARM-Cortex-A53/A72-based conga-SMX8 will be congatec's new flagship module for embedded computer designs with extremely low power consumption.  "The enormous increase in performance, functionality, and connectivity of ARM architectures makes ARM-based Computer-on-Modules significantly more important and accepted, as they reduce the overall system design costs for hardware and software and enable faster time-to-market for the end application," explains Martin Danzer, Director Product Management at congatec.

The CoM offers powerful multi-core computing along with advanced graphics capabilities for up to three independent 1080p displays or a single 4K screen. Other benefits of this native industrial platform include hardware-based real-time and hypervisor support, high scalability, and resistance to harsh environments and extended temperature ranges. With all these features, the SMARC 2.0 module meets current performance and functionality requirements for embedded, industrial, and IoT applications as well as the new mobility sector.

The conga SMX8 modules have up to eight cores (2x A72 + 4x A53 + 2x M4F), up to 8 GB LPDDR4 MLC or pseudo-SLC memory, and up to 64 GB non-volatile memory on the module. The extensive interface selection includes 2 x GbE (optionally including IEEE1588-compliant precision clock synchronization), up to 6 x USB including 1 x USB 3.1, up to 2 x PCIe Gen 3.0, 1 x SATA 3.0, 2 x CAN bus, 4 x UART, and an optional Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module onboard with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and BLE. Up to three displays can be connected via HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2, 2x LVDS and 1x eDP 1.4. For video cameras the modules support 2 MIPI CSI-2 video inputs. The new NXP i.MX8 based SMARC 2.0 modules come as application-ready super components including U-Boot and complete board support packages for Linux, Yocto, and Android.