SMARC 2.0 with NXPs i.MX8 Processor
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  • Supports Quad-Core Cortex A-53 with additional M4 and A72 Core
  • Up to 8 GB LPDDR4 memory down
  • Hardware virtualization
  • 3 x 1080p displays or single 4K screen
  • Option of extended temperature -40°C to +85°C

The SMARC module SMARC-sAMX8 based NXP i.MX8 processors extends Kontron’s portfolio of modules. The SMARC-sAMX8 is a high performance compute module designed for applications requiring extensive graphics processing. The Freescale / NXP Multi-core 32 and 64 bit ARM processors have the embedded hardware IP blocks for vision systems, as well as the processing power and interfaces needed. Offered in four quad core options: Three pin compatible, scalable SKUs and  one custom SMARC pinout SKU (-1 LVDS interface, + 3 SPI interface + 1 CAN interface).

The SMARC-sAMX8 is a great fit for a wide range of low power embedded applications such as:

  • Robotics and Motion Control
  • Warehouse Inventory Management
  • Anamoly Detection
  • Automotive Infotainment
  • Smart Home
  • Agriculture
  • Parcel Delivery Systems
  • UAV


Form Factor Smart Mobility ARChitecture (SMARC) Module 82 mm x 50 mm
Processor NXP i.MX8
Main Memory LPDDR4 @ 1600 MHz (no ECC)
Flash 512 MB SPI NOR flash
BIOS U-Boot Bootloader, Flash for Bootloader
EEPROM 24C32, 4k x 8 (32 kbit)
18/24-bit LVDS RGB, Resolution: up to 1920x1080/60Hz, Single/Dual Channel

HDMI/DisplayPort from SoC
PCI Express 3x PCIe lanes / 1 SATA (Shared with 1x PCIe)
Ethernet Controller 2x GBE PHY AR8031
Wireless connectivity Optional Wifi/Bluetooth module M.2 1216
Watchdog CPU internal watchdog, configurable timeout counter
USB USB HUB USB4604 for 4x USB 2.0 ports on SMARC Connector
Real Time Clock High accuracy (+/-3 ppm), low power, RV-8803
Storage 8 to 64 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash (option)
H/W STATUS MONITOR Voltage, Temperature monitoring
Security iMX8 features
Operating System Linux Yocto
Power Consumption Maximum Power consumption of the board is measured to 10.5W (Quad Core)
Input Voltage Wide range VCC 3.0 V to 5.25 V


White Papers

SMARC™ module 2.1 [restrictions apply]
This paper discusses how SMARC™ module is continuing to evolve to ensure system designers, SIs and OEMs can meet the ongoing challenges of cost-effectively deve-loping next generation small form factor IoT- andAI-enabled embedded systems.

Tech Spec Sheet

Tech Specs SMARC
[ tech-spec_smarc_web.pdf, 1.61 MB, Nov.15.2021 ]


Kontron Services Brochure
[ kontron-services-brochure.pdf, 8.9 MB, Dec.17.2020 ]


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