Advantech ROM-7720 is a Qseven 2.1 Compliant i.MX 8 QuadMax Computer-on-Module

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Advantech ROM-7720 is a Qseven 2.1 Compliant i.MX 8 QuadMax Computer-on-Module

Many solutions based on NXP i.MX8 processors are likely to be announced during Embedded World 2018 next week. We’ve already seen several NXP i.MX 8M Cortex A53 based modules such as Variscite DART-MX8M or Compulab CL-SOM-IMX8 systems-on-module, and more are coming.

One of those will be Advantech ROM-7720 computer-on-module (CoM) featuring the top of the line NXP i.MX 8 QuadMax Cortex A72/A53 processor and following QSeven 2.1 specifications / form factor.

Advantech ROM-7720 CoM specifications:

  • SoC –  NXP i.MX 8QuadMax processor with 2x Cortex A72 cores @ up to 1.6GHz, 4x Cortex A53 cores, 2x Cortex-M4F real-time cores, a HiFi 4 DSP, and 2x Vivante GC7000XSVX GPUs
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR4 @ 1600 MHz (optional 4GB RAM)
  • Storage – 8 GB eMMC Flash for OS, 64 MB Quad SPI Flash for boot loader
  • Video Output / Display I/F
    • 2x 24-bit LVDS, 1366 x 768 for 1ch; 1920 x 1080 for 2ch
    • HDMI up to 4K @ 30fps
  • H/W Video Codec
    • Decoder – MPEG-4 ASP, 4K H.265 HP, H.264 HP, H.263, MPEG-2 MP, MJPEG BP
    • Encoder – MPEG-4 SP, H.265 BP, H.264 BP, H.263, MJPEG BP
  • Connectivity – 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • 230-pin MXM edge connector with:
    • 2x PCIe
    • 1x SATA III
    • 1x GbE
    • 3x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0, 1x USB OTG
    • 1x I2S
    • SDIO
    • 2x UART (4-wire)
    • 1x SPI, 1x CAN, 8x GPIO, 2x I2C
    • 2x Fan Control (PWM)
  • I/Os header / connector on module
    • 1x UART for serial console
    • 1x Dual lane MIPI Camera interface
  • Misc – RTC, WatchDog Timer
  • Power Supply – 5V DC input
  • Dimensions (W x D) – 70×70 mm (Qseven 2.1 form factor)
  • Operational Temperature – 0 ~ 60° C
  • Operating Humidity – 5 ~ 95% relative humidity, non-condensing
  • Certifications – CE/FCC Class B

The module will support Ubuntu, Debian, Yocto Linux and Android operating systems.

NXP i.MX 8QuadMax Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

The company will also offer ROM-DB7502-SCA1E development board for Qseven 2.1 module which they are also using for their other Q7 2.0/2.1 module like ROM-7510 module based on TI Sitara AM5728. Specifications for the carrier board:

  • Compatible Modules – QSeven v2.0 (default)/2.1 CPU modules
  • Video Output  / Display I/F – 1x HDMI Type A, 2x single 24-bit LVDS
  • Audio – 2-port phone jack with support for Line-in, Audio-out
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet(RJ45)
  • Storage – 1x SD card slot, 1x SATA-II connector
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 Type A (Host), 1x mini USB Type A (OTG), 2x USB 2.0 pin header
  • Serial – 4-wire RS-232 (DB9)
  • Expansion Ports
    • 1x PCIe x4 port
    • 1x M.2 E-Key slot with SDIO/UART/I2C
    • 1x mPCIe slot for USB only
    • 1x SIM card slot
    • 1x CAN bus 2.0B DB9, differential mode +5V
    • 8x GPIO via DB9 female connector
    • 1x I2C header, 1x SPI header1 pin header
    • 1x I2S header
  • Misc – 1x fan header
  • Power Supply
    • 12V DC jack
    • Lithium Ion battery
  • Dimensions – 170 x 170 mm (mini -ITX form factor)
  • Operating Temperature – 0 ~ 60 °C
  • Operating Humidity – 0% ~ 90% relative humidity, non-condensing
  • Certifications – CE/FCC Class B

ROM-DB7502 Development Board for QSeven v2.0/v2.1 RISC Module

Information related to Advantech ROM-7720 computer-on-module is still shown as preliminary, but like other NXP i.MX8 platforms, it should launch soon. More details can be found on the CoM product page, as well as on the already available ROM-DB7502 carrier board page.

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