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SMARC 2.1 module suits ruggedised applications

1st June 2020
Mick Elliott

For the first time Advantech is using an Arm Cortex-A35 based-NXP i.MX8X application processor for its ROM-5620 SMARC 2.1 module.

The ROM-5620, features an ultra-low-power consumption design and extended operating temperature, ideally suited for automation equipment and HMI devices.

It adopts an automotive grade SoC and related industrial grade components to provide long life cycle support and wide operating temperature from -40°C to 85°C.

Equipped with AIM-Linux and WISE-DeviceOn software services, ROM-5620 provides long-term maintenance along with industrial-focused apps and SDK add-ons within the Linux BSP for better time-to-market support.

Two GbE Ethernet controllers, 2 x CAN bus, software configurable display solutions with dual channel LVDS or MIPI-DSI and a wide range of I/O interfaces like PCIe 3.0, USB 3.0 and 4-Lane MIPI-CSI2 are default supported on the compact SMARC 2.0 Computer-On-Module.

The module delivers high efficiency for almost all of the industrial control applications as it provides 40% higher performance and 10% lower power consumption comparing to the Cortex-A7 platform.

It is powered by NXP’s i.MX 8X SoC, with 2 to 4 core energy-efficient Cortex-A35 processor for mid-range automation and industrial market segments, one Cortex-M4F core for real-time processing, and one Tensilica Hi-Fi 4 DSP for efficient audio and voice codec execution.

For graphic performance, the Vivante GC7000 Lite GPU, provides 4K H.265 capable decoder, and dual 1080P60 display controller.

Following the SMARC 2.0 standard, ROM-5620 leverages high-bandwidth 2GB LPDDR4 memory, 16GB eMMC and dual GbE LAN controllers.

It also provides a flexible display solution for 1 x dual channel LVDS or 2 x 4-lane MIPI-DSI through software configuration. I/O expansion choices include USB3.0, 2 x USB2.0, PCIe3.0, SDIO and 3 x UARTs for wireless module connectivity.

These expansion choices together with 1 x 4-Lane MIPI-CSI2, 4 x I2C, 2 x SPI, 2 x CAN bus and 12 x GPIO interfaces, cover all the essential requirements for automated control and ruggedized application.

Advantech supports an Allied, Industrial and Modular (AIM) framework for Linux applications that help accelerate software development via flexible, long-term support.

AIM-Linux services offer verified embedded OS platforms and industrial-focused apps and SDKs through which users can easily select the embedded software tools they need to focus on their application software development.

ROM-5620 is also armed with WISE-DeviceOn for securely automated device onboarding, remote device monitoring and software over-the-air updates.

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