i.MX 8, a step forward in the i.MX range
As a historical partner of NXP, Witekio has been an early contributor to the integration of i.MX 8 microprocessors and has been involved in several board bring up projects in various verticals, such as document verification, vehicle telematics and security kiosks.
While the processor is rather recent, it has already reached maturity for the creation of industrial products, and Witekio can support you in the design of I.MX 8 based products leveraging the NXP ecosystem.
The i.MX 8 family is a large family which includes several series (i.MX 8, i.MX 8M, i.MX 8M Mini, i.MX 8M Nano, i.MX 8X) each with various feature sets (Quad, Dual, Plus or Max), meaning different combinations of ARM cores, GPUs, interfaces and memory, but here are the key points to know.
Each series offers a selection of CPU, GPU and DSP, HMI and multimedia support, GPU Libraries and Extensions, Interfaces, and Memory types to target specific applications.
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The strengths of the i.MX 8 microprocessor:
They are well known, and include its support for machine learning, its robust multimedia feature set, its hardware ‘root of trust’, and its scalability with regards to features and price.
- The i.MX 8 microprocessor is promoted as the perfect choice for IoT products ranging from automotive infotainment (including head-up displays, rear seat entertainment, and eCockpit units) to advanced human machine interface (HMI) and control systems, and single-board computers like Avnet Integrated’s MaaxBoard.
- The i.MX 8 family offers a powerful alternative to Nvidia Tegra or NXP’s own QorIQ for high-end products, whilst on the low-end it can compete with the latest MCU such as STM32MP1.
- Combined with eIQ tools, the i.MX 8 platforms can target machine learning application for training or inference.
The true successor to the i.MX 6 microprocessor proved popular with Witekio clients almost immediately, with some embarking on proof of concept projects shortly after its release.