Official Release of the Nitrogen8M_Mini Featuring i.MX8M Mini

Published on March 8, 2019

Boundary Devices is pleased to announce the official release of our Nitrogen8M_Mini SBC & SOM for the general embedded and IoT markets. As an NXP Early Access Partner we were able to design and manufacture a commercially ready SBC AND SOM for the i.MX8M Mini worldwide launch at Embedded World 2019.

The Nitrogen8M_Mini SBC with Wifi (Nit8MQ_Mini_2r8eWB) is currently in stock and ready to ship, with orders for the lower-cost, non-Wifi version (Nit8MQ_Mini_2r8e) available and due to ship in a couple weeks. We are also taking orders for our Nitrogen8M_Mini SOM + Carrier board that will ship at the beginning of April. As with all previous Nitrogen releases, a full set of accessories and validated operating systems are available.

Nitrogen8M_Mini SBC 

The Nitrogen8M_Mini family of boards feature NXP’s new i.MX8M Mini applications processor and PF8121 PMIC. The boards also include a robust set of attributes that will allow for rapid evaluation and development for a variety of embedded and IoT applications.

As the company who brought you the globally adopted SABRE Lite i.MX 6 development board (now BD-SL-i.MX6), we have leveraged our long history of NXP partnership and i.MX processor experience to design the next-generation, go-to evaluation platform for engineers looking to get started with the i.MX8M Mini application processor.

Processors, Memory and Storage

The Nitrogen8M_Mini SBC and SOM will launch with the i.MX8M Mini Quad processor, featuring 4 Cortex-A53 and 1 Cortex-M4F cores, with 2GHz CPU clock max.

The boards will launch with 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 8GB of eMMC standard, with customer options to expand up to 4GB RAM and up to 128GB of eMMC.

Networking Specifications

The Nitrogen8M_Mini boards include the latest in network connectivity options to serve IoT applications that employ edge, cloud, and/or fog computing.

The SBC will come standard with a gigabit ethernet port as well as an option to include our BD-SDMAC, a certified Wifi 802.11 ac + Bluetooth 4.1 module based on the QCA9377. All this allows engineers flexibility when determining how their end products stay connected.

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Optimized for Low Power Consumption

The Nitrogen8M_Mini family is designed to maximize power efficiency making it ideal for low power applications by leveraging the following technologies:

  • Heterogeneous Multicore Processing (HMP)
  • Advanced 14LPC FinFET technology
  • High-speed LPDDR
  • NXP’s PF8121 Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC)

Operating System Support

As with all of Boundary Devices’ SBCs and SOMs, the Nitrogen8M_Mini will come with an extensive set of operating system options.

The board will support Linux (Yocto, Ubuntu, Buildroot), FreeRTOS, and Android OS images. All of these OS options will include our best-in-class support via our Wiki, Blog, and Support page.

Development Accessories

In order to promote rapid development, the Nitrogen8M_Mini SBC & SOM will come with available accessories. These accessories include:

  • Touchscreen Displays (7”, 8”, and 10” options)
  • Camera Moule (5MP MIPI Camera)
  • 7W PoE Module (available via daughterboard)
  • Fully populated daughter board (for SOM)

Full Specifications for the Nitrogen8M_Mini SBC and SOM

The Nitrogen8M_Mini will come pre-populated with the most robust set of connectivity options to allow for rapid development and validation of your next project. The boards will also be built with Boundary Device’s industry-leading, production-ready standards and include options such as industrial temp and conformal coating.

All this allows the Nitrogen8M to be used as an evaluation platform or production-ready option. Review the full list of the specifications below. More information including availability can be found on the Nirogen8M_Mini SBC and Nitrogen8M_Mini SOM product pages:

  • CPU — i.MX8M Mini Quad Core (x4 Cortex-A53 @ 1.3GHz; Cortex-M4 MCU)
  • RAM — 2GB LPDDR4 (4GB Optional)
  • Storage — 8GB eMMC (upgradeable to 128GB)
  • GPU — GCNanoUltra for 3D, GC320 for 2D
  • Camera — x1 4-Lane MIPI-CSI
  • Display — x1 MIPI DSI
  • Wireless —Optional Add-On 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.1 BD-SDMAC Module (QCA9377)
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • x4 USB 2.0
    • x3 I2C
    • x1 SPI
    • UHS SD Card Support
    • x1 RTC + battery
    • x1 PCIe
    • Optional PoE Module
  • Power — 5V DC input
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 70°C (Industrial Temp Optional)
  • Operating system — Linux (Yocto, Ubuntu, Buildroot), FreeRTOS, and Android