congatec simplifies Arm deployments with i.MX 8M Plus
Arm Project Cassini completed: congatec modules with NXP i.MX 8M Plus processor now Arm SystemReady IR certifiedDeggendorf, )
By building Arm systems on the basis of Computer-on-Module standards and standardized ISO images, application designs become highly efficient, reducing NRE costs and accelerating OEMs’ time to market. As a long term strategy, Cassini Project also has the potential to become the standard for how Arm based IoT and edge devices will be updated, managed and secured.
“We love the idea of Project Cassini as it builds a comprehensive ecosystem to improve the design-in efficiency of Arm applications,” explains Martin Danzer, Director Product Management at congatec. “Testing applications on standard platforms with standard ISO images is the right step to fast and easy evaluation, for example - securely managed virtualized gateways hosting cloud-native stacks that can be orchestrated remotely. But please don’t forget that a secure boot implementation is mandatory for such applications.”
The congatec Cassini enabled platform in detail
The first congatec starter set suitable to implement the Cassini SystemReady IR certified bootloader available at congatec’s GIT server targets AI accelerated vision applications and contains the entire ecosystem developers need to instantly start designing applications on the basis of the next-generation NXP i.MX 8M plus platform, which offers highly efficient vision and AI integration. At the heart of the starter set is the new SMARC 2.1 Computer-on-Module conga-SMX8-Plus. It features 4 powerful Arm Cortex-A53 cores, 1x Arm Cortex-M7 controller and the NXP Neural Processing Unit (NPU) to accelerate deep learning algorithms and comes with passive cooling. Within the scope of customer-specific projects, the 3.5 inch carrier board conga-SMC1/SMARC-ARM can be directly connected to the 13 MP Basler dart daA4200-30mci BCON for MIPI camera via MIPI CSI-2.0 without any additional converter modules. Next to MIPI, CSI-2.0 also USB and GigE vision cameras can be also supported. On the software side, congatec provides a bootable SD card with preconfigured boot loader,Yocto build OS image, and matching BSPs. Also the processor-optimized Basler embedded vision software enabling immediate AI inference training on the basis of captured images and video sequences can be made available as plug & play ready for qualified customer projects.
Further information on congatec’s ecosystem for i.MX 8 based designs can be found at: https://www.congatec.com/imx8