i.MX6 Compute module for IoT gateways, HMI, robotics

October 06, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Armadeus Systems (Mulhouse, France) has added a System On Module to its OposSOM family: the Opos6UL, aimed at industrial domains like IoT gateways, medical devices, small HMI and autonomous robotics.

This SOM is built around the NXP i.MX6UL processor (available at 528 MHz and 696 MHz speeds) to which is added 256 to 512 MBytes DDR3 (800 Mbits/sec), a 4 GB to 16 GBytes eMMC, an Ethernet PHY and optionally a Wi-Fi b/g/n + Bluetooth (BLE compatible) combo module.

It gives access to all i.MX6UL peripherals such as I ²C, SPI, UART, Ethernet, USB OTG, CAN bus, parallel camera, parallel 24 bits display, digital audio, resistive touchscreen controller, ADC.

 

With i.MX6UL performance and extendability, the SOM is priced from €19 (1000) for 1k pcs (basic model without Wi-Fi/BLE). It allows for cost-effective mechanical integration, thanks to SODIMM format. The software ecosystem comprises an Open Software Development Kit with Linux or NuttX Board Support Packages. A Linux BSP includes Qt5 custom root file system (rootfs) through Buildroot or full Debian distribution. Integrated wireless communication with on-board U.FL connector is an option. The module carries a 10 years lifetime warranty, and if required can be rated for extended industrial temperature operation (-40°C +85°C without WiFi/BT),

 

This module is suggested as a route to industrializing their projects based on Raspberry Pi 1 prototypes (similar performance if no GPU is required, better power consumption, 10 years availability). A companion docking development board is equipped with a Raspberry Pi-compatible connector to ease this migration. The complete development kit is offered for €49 for a limited period.

 

For mid/high quantities, the integration of this SOM into a design is facilitated via the "fusion" program in which the hardware of the SOM can be merged into the final board (single board).

 

Armadeus: http://www.opossom.com/english/products-processor_boards-opos6ul.html