Kontron: SMARC module for networked terminal devices

Kontron has introduced the new SMARC-sAMX8X module distinguishing itself by its low power consumption, forming an ideal base for networked terminal devices in industrial environments thanks to its powerful NXP i.MX8X processor in Dual Core or Quad Core configurations. With dimensions of 82x50 mm, it can be deployed flexibly and is designed for operating in an extended temperature range of -40 to +85°C. Kontron presents the new SMARC-sAMX8X alongside other boards and modules based on the latest Intel, AMD Ryzen, i.MX8, and Layerscape processors at electronica 2018.

SMARC-sAMX8X will be available in three standard variants. The QuadX+, DualX+ and DualX processors offer up to four Cortex A35 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz. An additional Cortex-M4 core can be used for minor management tasks within the system, which traditionally a seperate controller would have been required for. The new module features three GByte LP-DDR4 memory, a Dual Channel LVDS interface for HDMI or DP displays, up to two GbE, up to three PCI-Express and six USB 2.0 ports, as well as one USB 3.0 port. Between 2 and 64 GB of eMMC 5.0 onboard storage serve as bulk memory. Additionally, the SMARC-sAMX8X offers an SDIO card slot as well as four serial interfaces, one I2S, four I2C, two SPI, one MIPI CSI, twelve GPIO, and two CAN interfaces. The SMARC-sAMX8X utilizes Uboot as bootloader and Yocto Linux as operating system.

The SMARC-sAMX8X module supports Kontron's Security Solution APPROTECT powered by Wibu-Systems. Based on an optionally integrated Wibu-Systems security chip combined with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP- and copy/reverse engineering protection. Additionally, Kontron's APPROTECT Licensing also allows pay per use, time-based trial versions, or to enable/disable features.


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