SMARC 2.1 module adds NXP i.MX95

SMARC 2.1 module adds NXP i.MX95

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By Nick Flaherty

congatec in Germany has launched a computer-on-modules (COMs) with i.MX 95 processors from NXP Semiconductors.

The conga-SMX95 SMARC modules provide three times the performance of the previous i.MX8 M Plus modules and add the eIQ Neutron neural processing unit to double the inference performance for AI accelerated machine vision. The hardware-integrated EdgeLock secure enclave simplifies the implementation of in-house cyber security measures. 

The i.MX95 SMARC 2.1 modules are designed for an industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, are robust in mechanical terms and optimised for cost- and energy-efficient applications.

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The integrated high-performance eIQ Neutron NPU makes it possible for AI accelerated workloads to be performed even closer to the local device level, such as industrial production, machine vision and visual inspection, rugged HMIs, 3D printers, robotics controllers in AMR and AGV, as well as medical imaging and patient monitoring systems. Other target applications include passenger seat back entertainment in buses and aircraft, along with fleet management in transportation, and construction and farming applications. 

The conga-SMX95 SMARC 2.1 modules use four or six ARM Cortex-A55 cores alongside ARM’s Mali 3D graphics unit for three times the GPU performance. It also adds an image signal processor (ISP) for hardware accelerated image processing.

The SMARC modules also integrate a real-time domain for real-time controllers with two Gbit Ethernet interfaces with TSN for synchronised and deterministic network data transmission, LPDDR5 (with inline ECC) for data security. For display connectivity the new modules offer DisplayPort as the standard interface and the still widely used LVDS display interface. For direct camera connectivity the modules have 2x MIPI-CSI. 

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congatec also offers an extensive hardware and software ecosystem as well as comprehensive design-in-services for simplified and accelerated application development. These include, among other things, evaluation- and production-ready application carrier boards and custom-tailored cooling solutions. In terms of services, congatec offers comprehensive documentation, training and signal integrity measurements for application development.

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