Kontron: pITX-iMX8M in smallest SBC form factor with Android BSP for fast start-up

Kontron has unveiled its new pITX-iMX8M with the smallest single board computer form factor Pico-ITX. The pITX-iMX8M motherboard features NXP's dual or quad core CPUs based on the Arm Cortex-A53 architecture with up to 1.5 GHz. The Cortex M4 coprocessor and full 4K UltraHD resolution make the board the perfect foundation for sophisticated applications. It offers enhanced connectivity through two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces as well as superior graphics performance. Thanks to its small form factor and M.2 half-size connector, offering PCIe, USB 3.0 and a Micro SIM interface, Kontron's pITX-iMX8M is a cost-optimized Arm SBC solution, specifically for embedded applications in the manufacturing industry, and a cross-market IoT gateway for small server solutions.

The pITX-iMX8M enables processor configurations on 8M QuadLite or 8M Dual in either industry or consumer versions. It has 32 KB L1 instruction cache and L1 data cache per core. The Cortex M4 coprocessor supports 16 KB L1 instruction cache and L1 data cache per core with 256 KB Tightly Coupled Memory. The SBC pITX-iMX8M features 4 GB LPDDR4 3200 MTps memory down storage and 64 GB eMMC Memory v5.1 NAND Flash. The soldered RAM and flash memory make the pITX-iMX8M perfectly suited even for extremely rugged applications. There are extensive display connection options like a LVDS dual channel, a mini display port and a HDMI port. Further interfaces are two USB 3.0 ports at the back, two USB 2.0 ports via the internal header, 8 GPIOs and one S/PDIF internal header, audio line-in, line-out and microphone input. Kontron offers both a Yocto Linux BSP and an Android BSP (Board Support Package) for getting the pITX-iMX8M started fast.

The pITX-iMX8M supports Kontron's security solution APPROTECT powered by Wibu-Systems. Based on an integrated Wibu-Systems security chip (CodeMeter) combined with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP and copy/reverse engineering protection. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also enables new business models such as “pay per use”, demo versions for limited time periods, or activation/deactivation functions via a predetermined set of variables.

As for all embedded products, Kontron offers long-term availability of all components for the new pITX-iMX8M.

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