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Rugged 3.5-inch SBC runs Linux or Android on i.MX6

Aug 26, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 691 views

Logic Supply has introduced a “ICM-3011” 3.5-inch board with a dual-core i.MX6, wide-range power input, and extended temperature operation.

Like the recent Pico-ITX form factor ICM-2010 SBC that’s also available in an ICS-2010 mini-PC, the ICM-3011 was built by Taipei-based Embux, and is being distributed and supported by Logic Supply. Like the ICM-2010, the $253 ICM-3011 runs on the 1GHz, dual-core DualLite version of NXP’s Cortex-A9-based i.MX6 SoC. It similarly is supported by images for Android 5.0.2 “Lollipop,” Yocto “Daisy” Linux 1.6.2, or Ubuntu Linux 12.04.

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As in the case of the iCM-2010, this larger, 146 x 72 x 16mm SBC supports an extended operating temperature range of -20 to 70°C. The ICM-3011 is similarly constructed using all-solid capacitors and 1 percent precision resistors, and features “a completely jumperless design,” says Logic Supply.

ICM-3011 coastline ports
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The ICM-3011 has a wider range 10.8 to 26.4V power range than the Pico-ITX model, and sips a bit more power at 3.5 Watts. It also has twice the RAM at 2GB, and not surprisingly given the larger size, provides more interfaces. You get 4GB eMMC and an SDIO slot in addition to a full-sized SD slot.

Another view of the ICM-3011
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Like the ICM-2010, there are HDMI and GbE ports, but you get two instead of one LVDS interfaces, and more serial, USB, and CAN headers than on the ICM-2010. Other additions include 8-bit GPIO, SPI, a micro-USB port, and audio jacks. Two mini-PCIe slots are accompanied by a SIM slot.

ICM-3011 block diagram
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Logic Supply is exclusively selling the higher-end D version. Embux also offers a stripped down L model with fewer LVDS, serial, and mini-PCIe interfaces, among other differences.

Specifications listed for Logic Supply’s ICM-2010D 3.5-inchSBC include:

  • Processor — Freescale i.MX6 DualLite (2x Cortex-A9 cores @ 1GHz; Vivante GPU
  • Memory:
    • 2GB DDR3-800 RAM
    • 8MB NOR flash
    • 4GB eMMC NAND flash
    • SD slot
    • SDIO slot
  • Display — HDMI port at up to 1920 x 1080; 2x 18/24-bit LVDS interfaces
  • Networking — 10/100/1000 Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 host ports
    • 2x USB 2.0 USB headers
    • Micro-USB device port
    • RS-485 (3.5mm terminal block)
    • RS-485 misc. header
    • 4x RS-232 headers (8 wire)
    • 2x RS-232 headers (4 wire)
    • 2x CAN headers
    • I2C, SPI, front-panel
    • 8x GPIO
    • 2x audio jacks (line-out, mic-in)
    • 2x speaker interfaces
  • Expansion — 2x mini-PCIe slots (full or half); SIM card socket
  • Other features – Watchdog; reset button; 10-bit DIP-switch
  • Power — 10.8 ~ 26.4V DC input; about 3.5W consumption; power input connector; optional $15 DC 12V, 36W power adapter
  • Operating temperature — -20 to 70°C
  • Dimensions — 146 x 72 x 16.16mm
  • Operating system — Android 5.0.2, Yocto “Daisy” Linux 1.6.2, or Ubuntu 12.04 available on 8GB SD cards; also supports WEC7

Further information

Logic Supply’s Embux-made ICM-2010D is available starting at $253 without power adapter. More information may be found at Logic Supply’s ICM-2010D product page and at the Embux website.

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