Boards/Backplanes

Evaluation board covers wired and wireless applications

1st August 2019
Mick Elliott

The Layerscape LS1046A Freeway (FRWY-LS1046A) evaluation board from NXP Semiconductors is now being shipped by distributor Mouser Electronics. Available as a bare board or in an enclosure with a dual-band Wi-Fi module, the evaluation board is an edge computing platform designed to support NXP’s QorIQ LS1046A system-on-chip (SoC).

The powerful board supports a wide range of applications, from industrial and smart building wireless gateways to artificial intelligence (AI) with facial recognition and automotive and aerospace applications.

Other target applications include edge compute gateways, machine learning, robotics, industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and data communications.

The board is based on a quad-core Arm Cortex-A72. A robust set of peripherals are offered, including 64Mbytes QSPI flash, 4Gbytes DDR4 (with EEC at 2.1 GT/s), and 4Gbits of NAND flash, as well as two USB 3.0 ports and a Micro SD slot.

The evaluation board also includes SPI, I2C, clock, interrupts, and general-purpose input/output (GPIO) expansion headers.

Connectivity elements include two M.2 PCIe connectors with support for Wi-Fi, SSD, and 4G/LTE; four Gigabit Ethernet ports; and a Mikroe Click board socket for expansion options such as sensors, NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Zigbee.

Both wired and wireless applications like WLAN access points, Ethernet switches, and UTM equipment are supported by the board

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