The i.MX 8M Mini is NXP’s first embedded multi-core heterogeneous applications processors built using advanced 14LPC FinFET process technology. The i.MX 8M Mini family of processors brings together highperformance computing, power efficiency, enhanced system reliability and embedded security needed to drive the growth of fast-growing edge node computing, streaming multimedia, and machine learning applications.
At the heart is core complex of four Arm® Cortex®-A53 cores plus Cortex®-M4 based real-time processing domain at 400+MHz. i.MX 8M Mini core options are optimized for low-power but offer the breadth of processing power necessary for consumer, audio, industrial, machine learning training and inferencing across a range of cloud providers. The i.MX 8M Mini also packs in hardware 1080p video acceleration (optional) to enable two-way video applications, 2D and 3D graphics to provide a rich visual HMI experience, and advanced audio capabilities to enable audio-rich applications. An extensive selection of high-speed interfaces enabling broader system
connectivity, and targeting industrial level qualification, the i.MX 8M Mini family may be used in any general embedded consumer and industrial application.
TX8M Linux Development Kit
The TX8M development kit is mounted to a 10.1” TFT display for development and prototyping of industrial display applications.
Linux is pre-installed and ready for application development. Other features include:
- Single 12VDC power supply
- Mini-PCIe socket
- RJ45 Ethernet connector
- 3.5mm audio jack
- 120-pin header expansion ports
- MIPI-CSI camera interface on DF13
- Micro SD-Card socket
Embedded computing power is very much in demand in a growing number of multimedia-centric devices. The Ka-Ro TX8M is ideally suited for target markets requiring high-end devices for powerful images and impressive video streaming creating connected devices in the following vertical markets.
- Medical technology
- Industrial control
- Digital signage
By combining the power-efficient processing capabilities of the ARM Cortex-A53 architecture with bleedingedge 3D and 2D graphics, the i.MX 8M Mini provides a new level of multimedia performance to enable an unbounded next-generation user experience
For more information regarding i.MX 8M Mini processors, see the NXP product page:
- 10/100Mbps Ethernet
- USB ports x2
- LCD MIPI-DSI or LVDS
- MIPI-CSI CMOS Sensor
- UART x4
- I2S serial audio
- I2C x3
- SPI x3
- PWM x4
- 3.3V I/O
Ka-Ro CoM scalability
Often, devices are required in different performance and price classes. This is where Ka-Ro’s TX standard comes into its own. With one single hardware design embedded engineers can produce a range of pin- and software-compatible products. Ka-Ro introduced the TX CoM standard over six years ago. Until today, the Ka-Ro Starter Kit V has served as the unchanged development environment for all Ka-Ro TX modules underlining Ka-Ro’s long-term product and family strategy. All the TX modules can be used on the Starter Kit V which enables great scalability and flexibility.
Reduce to the max – the Ka-Ro product philosophy
The philosophy behind Ka-Ro’s TX CoM family is to reduce a CoM down to the absolute minimum of components. In doing so, application designers and engineers using Ka-Ro CoMs can achieve maximum flexibility. Ka-Ro TX CoM modules solely feature the processor plus memory and the power supply. Any additional functions can be added to the base board.
This focus on CoMs with a minimum number of components is on the one hand the key to very competitive pricing, on the other hand it enables Ka-Ro to ensure long-term availability. While processor manufacturers like NXP offer a long-term availability of 10 to 15 years, this must also apply to any further components integrated onto a module or these must be available via second sourcing and without any necessary software alterations. If these components are integrated on a module, as is the case with many other manufacturers, this long-term availability is endangered, or – from right from the start – not possible to guarantee.