congatec Supports 8x Version of NXP i.MX 8 Processor on the SMARC 2.0 and Qseven Module Standards
The 8X version of the NXP i.MX 8 processor has an extremely low power consumption, is robust and comes with many functional safety features. congatec now supports it on the SMARC 2.0 and Qseven module standards. Such modules offer ARM developers greater design security and easier implementation of the processing core despite increasing complexity.
As NXP’s flagship processor, developers of embedded systems have long had their eye on the new i.MX 8 processor. It is the most powerful of the entire i.MX 8 family. Next to it, the new i.MX 8X processor family is now also becoming available. It extends the scalable range of the i.MX 8 series with a particularly low-power and robust processor variant with 2 to 4 ARM® Cortex®-A35 processor cores, with optional SIL 3 certification. Applications for this new, particularly robust and power-efficient 8X variant are found in industrial devices, machines and systems demanding a high level of functional safety.
These new 8X processors, which integrate the most efficient ARM cores ever, are also suitable for the extended temperature range from -40 to +85 °C, making the new processor class ideal for outdoor and mobile vehicle applications. With an energy consumption of less than 3 watts in normal operation and a maximum TDP of 3-4 watts, such systems are also suitable for completely fanless and solar-powered applications. Thanks to a high degree of graphics, video, audio and voice integration, the new processors are also very attractive for implementation in HMIs, rugged tablets and handhelds.