Freescale i.MX6-Based ULP-COM Modules Enable Ultra Low Power Applications

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A new, highly scalable COM module family with single, dual or quad core ARM Cortex A9 technology covers an extremely wide performance range. Based on Freescale’s i.MX6 Series processors, the Kontron ULP-COM-sAMX6i enables an efficient development of scalable smart devices that need an extremely compact, fanless design with balanced processor and graphics performance. OEMs benefit from these new modules by a standardized basis for the industrial environment with enhanced design security for the rapid and efficient development of mobile, energy-efficient embedded appliances with open standards software.

On the extremely compact footprint of the ULP-COM short form factor (82 mm x 50 mm), the Kontron ULP-COM-sAMX6i integrates all core components including non-volatile memory for a rugged, closed system design without any moving components. The new Kontron ULP-COM-sAMX6i Computer-on-Module family is available with 800 MHz single, dual and quad core processors of the Freescale iMX6 series.

On a project basis, further variants with additional versions from the extensive range of these long-time available processors are possible. Depending on the SoC model, they integrate one or two independent graphics engines with up to four 3D shaders for vivid 3D visuals and video de- and encoder, which can process HD videos up to 1080p @ 60 Hz. Dual independent displays are possible via parallel 18/24 bit LCD or 18/24 bit single-channel LVDS and HDMI. In addition, two MIPI-conforming camera inputs enable the use of device-specific video sensors.

Application-specific extensions can be integrated via up to three PCI Express lanes, 3 x USB 2.0, 2 x SPI, 5x I2C and 2x CAN. For multimedia, interconnect developers can rely on 1 x Media Local Bus 150, 2 x I2S and SPDIF. Storage media can be connected via SATA, SDIO and eMMC. For networking there is a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port. The input voltage ranges from 3V up to 5.25 VDC. In this way it can be directly powered via a single-cell lithium-ion battery as well as the classic 3.3 VDC or 5 VDC power supply, which in addition simplifies the system design.

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