Tiny SoM delivers power of i.MX8 Mini with versatility of QNX OS

Direct Insight, the UK-based, technical systems integrator and reseller of system-on-module (SoM) and other embedded systems, has launched the TRITON-TX8M. The SODIMM-format SoM is based on NXP’s powerful, extremely cost-effective i.MX8M Mini Quad ARM Cortex-A53 processor that features four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 1.6GHz.

The tiny, 68mm x 26mm (LVDS version: 28mm) TRITON module comes with 1024MB or 2048MB DDR3L and a 4GB eMMC. A second core complex features an ARM Cortex-M4F microcontroller, and comprehensive graphics capabilities are provided by powerful 3D and 2D GPUs. The module provides a wide range of connectivity including Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, MIPI-DSI display or alternate build with LVDS display, MIPI-CSI camera input, and many other interfaces. The i.MX8M Mini’s VPU provides 1080p encode and decode functionality.

Part of the pin-compatible TRITON-TX i.MX6 / i.MX8 module family, the TRITON-TX8M comes with mainline Linux or Windows 10 IoT Core BSP; Direct Insight is also developing a BSP for QNX 7.0 . The i.MX6- and i.MX8-based TRITON-TX family modules all take a single 3.3 to 5.5V supply and provide up to 300mA 3.3V output power for use on the baseboard.

Comments David Pashley, Direct Insight’s MD: “With 64 bit performance, the i.MX8 delivers tremendous value for money, and when paired with the QNX RTOS becomes an ideal platform for mission-critical projects. The graphics capabilities are comprehensive, and, using leading packages such as Crank Storyboard, designers can build a professional touch screen embedded application from start-to-finish very quickly.”

Direct Insight also offers a TRITON-TX8M development kit, with 10” touch screen.


About Direct Insight

The increasing complexity of electronics hardware and software has the potential to increase project timescales, yet at the same time most development teams are faced with ever more demanding time-to-market pressures. Founded in 1992, UK value-added reseller, Direct Insight has helped hundreds of development teams to upgrade to the latest SoC, FPGA and OS technology by choosing the right off-the-shelf hardware, software and tools, by providing the required support and services to fill the gaps, and by allowing customer development teams to focus on their differentiating core skills to deliver excellent products. Key partners include: OS supplier, QNX; Ka-Ro Electronics, the German designer and manufacturer of embedded modules; and Taiwanese single board computer maker, DFI.