IoT SOM is highly integrated, cost effective

June 16, 2021 // By Rich Pell
IoT SOM is highly integrated, cost effective
IoT technology company Digi International has announced that it has expanded its ConnectCore family of system-on-modules (SOMs) designed for mission-critical industrial, medical, transportation, and agriculture applications.

A highly integrated and cost-effective SOM platform based on the NXP i.MX 8M Mini applications processor, the Digi ConnectCore 8M Mini is offered as featuring the optimal balance of performance, power, and cost. Digi ConnectCore, says the company, simplifies embedded product development thanks to integrated memory, power management, pre-certified wireless, advanced security and the complete, open-source Digi Embedded Yocto Linux software platform based on Yocto Project or Android-based Digi Embedded Android.

"Digi is excited to be expanding the Digi ConnectCore family of products," says Steve Ericson, General Manager, OEM Solutions at Digi International. "We remain dedicated to delivering advanced solutions that simplify product development for manufacturers seeking secure, connected products that also help reduce the cost of R&D. The Digi ConnectCore 8M Mini SOM extends that commitment and delivers increased capability while lowering the total cost of ownership."

Featuring power-efficient ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M4 processing cores, rich multimedia (2D/3D GPU, VPU, MIPI-DSI/CSI, SAI, PDM) and advanced connectivity (802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5, Gigabit Ethernet), the Digi ConnectCore 8M Mini, says the company, is ideal for Internet of Things (IoT), human-machine interface (HMI), equipment monitoring, audio/voice, edge computing and machine learning applications.

Other features include Digi TrustFence, which delivers a tested and fully integrated device security framework designed for the long product life cycle of embedded devices. Additionally, the i.MX 8M Mini processor is industrial qualified and backed by NXP's Product Longevity Program, ensuring long-term availability of 10-plus years.

The Digi ConnectCore 8M Mini’s feature set, says the company, makes it the only SOM among its competitors to offer Bluetooth 5 compatibility and cellular enablement, as well as the company's proprietary TrustFence security framework.

At 40 x 45 x 3.5 mm, its physical hardware size is also offered as among the smallest in the industry. Initial Digi ConnectCore 8M Mini development kits and software are available through global distribution partners.

Digi International


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