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Qseven COM pioneer debuts its first i.MX6 model

Feb 25, 2014 — by Rick Lehrbaum — 85 views

Qseven COM spec co-creator Congatec unveiled its first non-x86 model: the Conga-QMX6, based on Freescale i.MX6 SoCs and backed with Linux and Android BSPs.

Congatec was among the three founders of the Qseven Consortium, which in 2008 established a standard for 70 x 70mm computer-on-modules that use the well-worn MXM connector as an interface to embedded system baseboards. At Embedded World in Nuremberg this week, the company introduced its first ARM-based COM — the Conga-QMX6 — in various SKUs built with Freescale’s single-, dual-, and quad-core ARM Cortex A9-based i.MX6 SoCs, and offering CPU clock-rates of up to 1GHz.

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In addition to being offered with a choice of i.MX6 processors, the Conga-QMX6 comes in models rated for -0 to 70°C “commercial” and -40 to 85°C “industrial” operating temperature ranges, with the latter having their i.MX6 SoCs’ clock-rates detuned to 800MHz. All Conga-QMX6 versions implement the typical set of Qseven Version 2.0 features, including signals on the MXM edgecard expansion interface for SATA, LVDS, USB, SDIO, CAN bus, and PCI Express.

Conga-QMX6 block diagram
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Additional on-board features that are not requirements of the Qseven spec include a microSD socket, optional eMMC flash storage of up to 16GB, an RS232 serial debug port, a MIPI CSI-2 camera interface, and an Android buttons inteface connector.

The Conga-QMX6 primarily targets “manufacturers of mobile and ultra mobile industrial devices as well as users in the fields of medical, automotive and industrial automation technologies,” says Congatec’s product announcement.

Specifications listed for the Conga-QMX6 include:

  • Processor — Freescale i.MX6 Solo, Dual, Quad, and Dual Lite SoCs (3-5W TDP; clockable up to 1.0GHz; 2D and 3D graphics and video acceleration)
  • Memory — up to 2G DDR3 (1066 MT/s)
  • Storage:
    • microSD socket
    • optional 16GB eMMC
    • 1x SATA II (optional; via 230-pin Qseven MXM connector)
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet (via 230-pin Qseven MXM connector)
  • Display (via 230-pin Qseven MXM connector):
    • HDMI v1.4
    • LVDS — 2x 24-bit, 1x 24-bit
  • Other I/O (via 230-pin Qseven MXM connector):
    • USB:
      • 5x USB Host
      • 1x OTG client (shared with USB Host)
    • 1x SDIO
    • I2C
    • CAN bus
    • SPI
    • JTAG
    • 1x PCIe 2.0
  • Other features (via on-board I/O connectors):
    • RS232 serial debug port
    • MIPI CSI-2 camera port
    • Android buttons interface
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C (“commercial”); -40 to 85°C (“industrial”)
  • Power — 5V; 3-5W typ. consumption
  • Dimensions — 70 x 70mm; Qseven 2.0
  • Operating system — U-Boot bootloader; Android; Yocto Linux; Windows Embedded Compact 7

Further information

The Conga-QMX6 is currently available, although Congatec does not list pricing for its modules publicly. Additional details may be found at Congatec’s Conga-QMX6 product page.

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