The first member of the new and compact PicoCore COM product family by F&S Elektronik Systeme is offered with the NXP i.MX 7ULP ARM® based Applications Processor. Further pin compatible PicoCore COMs will follow. The module is based on an i.MX 7ULP Applications Processor implementing the Heterogeneous Multicore Processing architecture with ARM Cortex-A7 core and ARM Cortex-M4 core. NXP enables its heterogeneous concept with Linux running on the ARM Cortex-A7 core and FreeRTOS running on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. The AP offers OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenVG 1.1 3D and 2D Graphics Accelerator for media applications.
Another option is an onboard WLAN/BT4.1 module (precertified). The PicoCore standard uses two plug connectors (Hirose DF40C) with 80 pins each. This enables a compact shape and short board-to-board distance. The available operating system is Linux (kernel 4.1.15, Yocto); it has already been ported by the experienced software team of F&S Elektronik Systeme. Bootloader, customized interface drivers and all tools needed for development are ready to download.
Several security functions were made available by F&S‘ customized Linux OS. PicoCOREMX7ULP will be available until minimum 2028.