New board for powerful Edge computing applications

06-08-2019 | Mouser Electronics | Design & Manufacture

Mouser now stocks the Layerscape LS1046A Freeway evaluation board from NXP Semiconductors. Offered as a bare board or in an enclosure with a dual-band Wi-Fi module, the board is an edge computing platform intended to support NXP’s QorIQ LS1046A SoC.

The powerful board supports a broad range of applications, from industrial and smart building wireless gateways to AI with facial recognition and automotive and aerospace applications. Other target applications cover edge compute gateways, machine learning, robotics, IIoT, and data communications.

The board is based on a quad-core Arm Cortex-A72, which provides a robust set of peripherals, including 64Mbytes QSPI flash, 4Gbytes DDR4 (with EEC at 2.1 GT/s), and 4Gbits of NAND flash. The board also provides two USB 3.0 ports and a Micro SD slot.

This evaluation board also incorporates I2C, SPI, clock, interrupts, and GPIO expansion headers. The device’s connectivity elements comprise two M.2 PCIe connectors with support for Wi-Fi, SSD, and 4G/LTE; four Gigabit Ethernet ports; and a Mikroe Click board socket for expansion options such as sensors, NFC, BLE, and Zigbee. The versatile board supports both wired and wireless applications like WLAN access points, Ethernet switches, and UTM equipment.

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