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Tiny SBC runs Linux or Android on dime-sized i.MX6 module

Jun 24, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 2,126 views

InHand’s tiny “Fury-M6” COM/SBC hybrid adds wireless, eMMC, battery support, and more to Freescale’s new, dime-sized, i.MX6 Dual based SCM-i.MX6D module.

The InHand Fury-M6, announced this week at the Freescale Technical Forum (FTF), appears to be the first board-level product to incorporate Freescale’s new dime-sized SCM-i.MX6D module. The Fury-M6 targets portable medical diagnostics, autonomous vehicle/UAV control, portable cameras with image analysis, and industrial sensors with data analytics, says InHand.

Fury-M6 SBC compared to key, and a closeup view of Freescale’s SCM-i.MX6D module (with 1GB PoP RAM)
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According to InHand, the Fury-M6 was designed and built in just seven weeks. The company attributes this rapid turnaround to the use of Freescale’s SCM-i.MX6D “single chip module” (SCM), which combines a dual-core, 800MHz i.MX6 Dual SoC with 16MB of NOR flash, up to 2GB of LPDDR2 (attached via PoP), and a PMIC.

To the Freescale SCM’s specs, the 69.9 x 50.8mm Fury-M6 adds up to 64GB of eMMC flash, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, touchscreen and battery support, and other features. Thanks to the pair of 60-pin, stackable expansion connectors on the front side of the board, the Fury-M6 can be considered to be either a well-appointed computer on module (COM) or a minimalist single board computer (SBC).

Fury-M6, front and back
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The board’s multimedia I/O includes LVDS, LCD, MIPI-DSI display, and MIPI-CSI2 camera interfaces, as well as I2S audio. In addition, you get a micro-USB OTG port and signals for gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 host, SPI, GPIO, three I2C, five UARTS, and a matrix keypad. These I/O functions appear either on the pair of 60-pin stacking connectors, or at numerous headers and connectors located on both sides of the board.

Fury-M6 block diagrams: fancy (left) and techie versions
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The Fury-M6 provides security features including TrustZone and cryptography, and offers a watchdog and RTC with battery backup. Furthering support for portable applications, the board offers a battery input, charger, and gauge, as well as an accelerometer and magnetometer, and is usable over a -40 to 85°C temperature range.

Specifications listed for the Fury-M6 include:

  • Processor (via SCM-i.MX6D) — Freescale i.MX6 Dual (1x Cortex-A9 core @ 800MHz); 2D and 3D multimedia accelerators
  • RAM (via SCM-i.MX6D) — 1GB LPDDR2 RAM (PoP-attached to SCM-i.MX6D)
  • Flash:
    • 16MB SPI NOR flash (via SCM-i.MX6D)
    • 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB eMMC flash
    • SDHC stacking connector interface
  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth Low Energy module (there’s also an option for no wireless)
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet controller (PHY can be implemented on carrier)
  • Multimedia I/O:
    • LVDS output up to WUXGA (1920 x 1200) with backlight control
    • MIPI-DSI on stacking connector
    • LCD Parallel via stacking
    • I2S digital audio (stacking connector, via IOMUX option)
    • MIPI-CSI2 via stacking
    • 4-wire resistive touch controller with optional touchscreen
  • Other I/O :
    • Micro-USB 2.0 OTG
    • USB 2.0 host via stacking/header
    • 5x UARTs (2x to headers, 3x to stacking)
    • 3x I2C (2x to headers, 1x to stacking)
    • SPI to stacking
    • Matrix keypad 2×2
    • 4x GPIO to headers
  • Security — ARM TrustZone; Cryptographic Acceleration and Assurance Module (CAAM); true random number generator
  • Other features — RTC; watchdog; accelerometer; magnetometer
  • Power – 3V to 6.5V DC; Li-Ion input; charger; battery gas gauge; PMIC (via SCM-i.MX6D)
  • Operating temperature — -40 to 85°C
  • Dimensions — 63.5 x 63.5 x 6mm
  • Operating system — Android 4.4 and Linux 3.10.17 BSPs with manuals

Fury-M6 and touchscreen, as showcased at FTF
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Unlike Inhand’s earlier Fury-F6 COM/SBC hybrid, the Fury-M6 is not accompanied by a companion card that turns it into a sandwich-style SBC. Instead, InHand says it’s willing to customize the Fury-M6 or create application-specific carrier boards to meet OEM customer requirements. Other options and services include a development platform that includes the Fury-M6, a resistive touchscreen, and engineering support.

“InHand’s fast development within a short time frame underscores the time-to-market advantages of Freescale’s new SCM-i.MX6D solution and epitomizes InHand’s impressive ability to deliver complex custom products within aggressive time windows,” stated Nancy Fares, vice president of System Solutions Products for Freescale.

Further information

The InHand Fury-M6 will be available in August, but InHand says it “is immediately available to begin custom designs based on the Fury-M6 platform.” More information may be found at the company’s Fury-M6 product page.

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