Aaeon’s first ARM-based COM — a Qseven-based “AQ7-IMX6” module running Android or Linux on a Freescale i.MX6 — has added an industrial temperature option.
We missed Aaeon’s AQ7-IMX6 Qseven COM when it was released with a Freescale i.MX6 SoC back in the second quarter. Now, Aaeon’s very first ARM-based computer-on-module is being offered in a compatible version that offers -40 to 85°C support when paired with a 1GHz automotive version of the i.MX6 Quad SoC. The Qseven 2.0 form-factor COM continues to offer dual-core DualLite and standard Quad options of the Cortex-A9 SoC with commercial temperatures.
AQ7-IMX6, front and back
The industrial temperature support widens the AQ7-IMX6’s targeted application range from indoor point-of-sale or digital signage applications to “adverse condition environments where wide temperature ranges are expected,” such as transportation and industrial applications, says Aaeon. Even with the industrial temperature support, the module continues to run on a low 3-5 Watts, says the company.
The feature table lists support for Android 4.0, but the announcement upgrades that to 4.4 (“KitKat”). Ubuntu 11.10 with Linux 3.0.35 is also supported.
AQ7-IMX6 block diagram
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The AQ7-IMX6 is available with 1GB to 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and offers a Micrel gigabit Ethernet controller. I/O expressed via the Qseven connector includes HDMI and dual-channel, 24-bit LVDS for displays, as well as SDIO, SATA 3Gbps, and optional eMMC for storage.
AQ7-IMX6 detail view
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You get five USB 2.0 host ports, one of which is shared with a USB OTG client port. Additional I/O includes PCI-Express, CAN, I2C, I2S, GPIO, and serial debug,
ECB-970 carrier board
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Aaeon’s Micro-ATX form-factor ECB-970 carrier board is available to extend the AQ7-IMX6 with real-world ports. Note that not all the interfaces shown in the image above are available for ARM processors. Full ARM and x86 specs are shown in this PDF datasheet.
Specifications listed for the AQ7-IMX6 include:
- Processor — Freescale i.MX6 DualLite, Quad, or Quad Automotive (2x, 4x, or 4x Cortex-A9 cores @ 800MHz, 1.2GHz, or 1GHz, respectively); 2D and 3D graphics and video acceleration
- RAM — 1GB to 2GB DDR3 RAM (800MHz for DualLite, 1066MHz for Quad)
- Display (via Qseven MXM connectors):
- 2x 24-bit, dual-channel LVDS
- HDMI 1.4
- Storage (via Qseven MXM):
- SATA 3Gbps
- Optional eMMC
- Networking — gigabit Ethernet controller
- Other I/O (via Qseven MXM):
- 5x USB 2.0 host
- USB 2.0 OTG client (shared with USB host)
- I2S HD audio
- Serial debug
- GPIO “supported”
- PCIe x1
- Other features — Watchdog
- Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C; -40 to 85°C only with Quad Automotive SoC
- Power — 5V; 3-5W typ. consumption
- Dimensions — 70 x 70mm; Qseven 2.0
- Operating system — Linux kernel v3.0.35 (Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric”); Android 4.0/4.4
The Wide Temperature AQ7-IMX6 modules are expected to ship later this month. More information may be found at the AQ7-IMX6 product page. More information on the ECB-970 carrier board may be found at the ECB-970 product page.