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SODIMM-style i.MX6 module gains DIY carrier board

Apr 6, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 705 views

Gumstix added a customizable carrier board for Toradex’s Colibri i.MX6 COM to its drag-and-drop online Geppetto quick-turn PCB design and manufacturing service.

The Gumstix Colibri i.MX6 Development Kit for the Toradex Colibri i.MX6 computer-on-module follows a string of customizable baseboards for third-party computer-on-modules that can be developed and manufactured using Gumstix’s online Geppetto DIY design and quick-turn prototype manufacturing service. These include a development kit for Critical Link’s MitySOM-335x COM released last month, as well as a kit for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module released in February.

Gumstix Colibri i.MX6 Development Kit
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As with the MitySOM and Pi Compute Module offerings, Gumstix is providing ready-to-use carrier boards based on the stock Geppetto design, for use as reference platforms during a customized carrier board development project. And as with Gumstix’s previous customizable COM carrier boards, the company has seeded Geppetto with both a minimal “connector” design and a stock carrier board design, enabling developers to choose either as the starting point for their customized design.

Annotated screenshot of Geppetto design process with Colibri designs
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Once the design is completed within Geppetto, one or more working prototypes can be ordered from Gumstix’s quick-turn manufacturing service, for delivery within 15 working days. The standard price is $1,999 plus BOM costs, with additional units available at quantity discounts, says Gumstix.

Colibri i.MX6 Development Kit details

The Colibri i.MX6 COM is available with single-core Solo and dual-core Duallite versions of the NXP/Freescale i.MX6, which offers Cortex-A9 cores clocked to 1GHz. The 67.6 x 36.7mm module ships with 256MB (Solo) or 512MB (DualLite) DDR3 RAM, as well as 4GB eMMC NAND flash. The Linux-ready COM is available in commercial or industrial -40 to 85°C versions.

Toradex Colibri i.MX6 COM (left), and with stock Gumstix Colibri carrier board
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The Gumstix Colibri i.MX6 Development Kit comprises a Gumstix Colibri i.MX6 Dev Board, along with a Newhaven 4.3-inch resistive touchscreen. There’s also a 5V adapter, a USB micro-B to A cable, and a microSD card preconfigured with a Linux distribution based on Yocto Project components.

The kit’s Gumstix Colibri i.MX6 Dev Board includes:

  • HDMI port
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen connector
  • TI WILINK8 WL1831MOD — WiFi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.1 BLE
  • 10/100 Ethernet port
  • USB host and OTG ports
  • Audio in/out ports
  • Bootable USB “card”
  • Real-time clock with holder for 6mm rechargeable coin cell
  • 20-pin GPIO breakout header
  • I2C and SPI headers

The kit’s “SBC-like expansion board breaks out many features of the Colibri i.MX6 so you can test and develop your project with ease,” says Gumstix.

Gumstix isn’t the only third-party company offering Colibri-based carrier boards. In January, Toradex launched a partner program aimed at supporting all of its Linux-ready, ARM based “Colibri” COMs with carrier boards, displays, enclosures, and more. Initial partners offering carrier boards include Christ Elektronik, Data Modul, Greatcom, and Unitec. Isurki, meanwhile, is introducing an Iris Box PC based on Colibri.

Further information

The Gumstix Colibri i.MX6 Development Kit, which does not include the Colibri COM itself, is available now for $199. More information may be found at the Gumstix Colibri i.MX6 page at the Gumstix Store. More details regarding the Gumstix Geppetto D2O service are available here.

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