SMARC’s advanced WiFi aids AI applications

5th February 2024
Mick Elliott

Authorised distributor Mouser Electronics is now stocking the Nitrogen8M Plus SMARC from Boundary Devices.

It is a high-performance system-on-module (SoM) conforming to the SMARC 2.1 industry standard.

When combined with the SMARC carrier board, the Nitrogren8M Plus SMARC serves as a single-board computer that can significantly speed products to market. The Nitrogen8M Plus SMARC suits a variety of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications, including handheld devices, gateways, and vision solutions.

Beyond industrial IoT, the Nitrogen8M Plus SMARC accelerates device design for application areas, including smart cities and smart homes, healthcare, and more.

This SMARC brings together the NXP Semiconductors i.MX 8M Plus applications processor, the NXP PCA9450 PMIC, and Laird Connectivity’s Sterling-LWB5+ Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.2 combo radio module based on Infineon’s CYW43439 silicon.

The device’s advanced Wi-Fi performance also delivers lower latency for artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

Quad Arm Cortex-A53 processors are integrated with an NPU of 2.3 TOPS that greatly accelerates machine learning inference. The vision engine is composed of two MIPI-CSI camera inputs and an HDR-capable Image Signal Processor (ISP) capable of 375 MPixels/s.

The Nitrogen8M Plus SMARC is supported by the Boundary Devices Universal SMARC carrier board from Boundary Devices, which is also available to order from Mouser. Designed to provide a platform for SMARC SoMs, the Universal SMARC carrier board acts as a motherboard to the SMARC SoM and provides interface ports for relevant peripherals.

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