NXP expands i.MX single chip module technology for rapid prototyping

May 20, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
NXP has introduced a vertical integration technology, V-Link, in which the first announced product is based on the i.MX 6SoloX single chip module (SCM). The V-Link bus allows customers to customize their own system adding connectivity, sensing, and other off-the-shelf solutions on top of the base SCM device through package-on-package assembly technology.

The concept, NXP says, addresses applications where designers need to rapidly prototype and create their own unique product offerings in a very limited space.


The single chip system module portfolio is a highly featured, software-enabled, plug-and-play solution in an extremely small footprint, and it is completely designed and tested, enabling engineers to develop products within six months of sampling. V-Link technology allows users to apply the design acceleration that SCM provides along with the customization capabilities of the V-link bus.


Integrated within the base SCM-i.MX 6SoloX V-Link device is low-power memory and a full Power Management IC (PMIC). The SCM-i.MX 6SoloX V-Link is recommended for consumer and industrial customers building compact and low-power portable products in need of connectivity, security, sensing, and graphical user interfaces. Designers can realize up to 68% PCB area savings using the SCM plus V-Link technology.

The SCM portfolio continues to expand with new offerings at the lower-end of the portfolio through the SCM-i.MX 6SoloX, supporting low-power memory via standard package-on-package assembly technology, at a new, lower cost offering access to samples and development boards as well as releasing the first set of industrial parts for SCMs – the SCM-i.MX 6Dual and SCM-i.MX 6Quad. Continuing to reduce the PCB area footprint, SCM devices are now also available with the option to assemble ePoP – eMMC plus LPDDR2 – on top of the base SCM device.


SCM products are engineered to reduce time-to-market, allowing an estimated 25% reduction in hardware development time – as well as greater than 50% reduction in size versus current discrete solutions. The module’s performance and connectivity allow designers targeting IoT markets to incorporate sophisticated predictive data analytics capabilities into their products, allowing for highly compelling and potentially disruptive end-products.


Alpha samples for SCM-i.MX 6SoloX V-Link are available now with general availability scheduled for Q3, 2016. Technical specs can be found here. Technology demonstrations are available from NXP