Congatec offers a new SMARC 2.0 Computer-on-Module with Arm Cortex-A53-based NXP Semiconductors i.MX 8M Nano processor. The conga-SMX8-Nano specifies a new low-end performance class for SMARC. With its excellent ultra-low power graphics abilities as well as its limited number of meticulously selected I/Os, the new device targets low-cost application areas not earlier reached by - but perfectly suited for - vendor-independent, standardised CoMs. Only up to 2W are required for the logic of a mobile handheld device. Engineers can also adapt a complex medical user interface with multiple mechanical buttons into an intuitive touch-based and simple to use GUI giving industrial devices an interactive screen for which was previously too expensive. All this is now possible at the lowest power envelope and budget ever.
"Application readiness and scalability are two major decisive factors for engineers to move to Arm-based Computer-on-Modules. They want to come to market quickly, save NRE costs, and optimally balance the price and performance ratio for their low-cost, high volume product families. With SMARC we offer them all these benefits off-the-shelf. They can scale application ready platforms within the entire i.MX 8 portfolio as well as beyond towards manifold different low-power application processors. This hardware agnostic benefit, with its inherent long-term availability, is another major reason why Arm application processor engineers increasingly rely on the proven design principles of standardized Computer-on-Modules," explains Martin Danzer, director product management at Congatec.