Low-Cost Single-Board Computer For Embedded Computing Applications

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Provides customers with the ability to focus on the software side of their development while creating AI, IoT and multimedia applications

Avnet’s MaaXBoard

Avnet, a global technology solutions provider, has launched a low-cost single-board computer called the MaaXBoard. Based on the NXP i.MX 8M applications processor, the MaaXBoard is ideal for embedded computing applications, which implements AI at the edge.

With this new development, Avnet seeks to support design engineers and end-users to create new and cost-effective industrial automation, multimedia, AI and IoT applications for a reduced time-to-market. As a production-ready unit, the MaaXBoard can be included into an embedded hardware system to allow customers to focus more on the software side of their development. The MaaXBoard forms part of Avnet’s end-to-end product development ecosystem, helping to bring projects from idea to design, and design to production.

Enhanced processing

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The low-cost board computer uses NXP’s i.MX 8M family of processors, which are based on the Arm Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M4 cores. These processors provide an enhanced audio and video processing capabilities from home audio to industrial building automation and embedded computers.

Beneficial for developing various OS systems

The on-board peripherals include 2GB of DDR4 memory, a Gigabit Ethernet port, dual USB 3.0 host ports, HDMI output, MIPI-DSI, MPI-CSI, WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy, MicroSD card slot and eMMC storage. All this offers electronic designers everything that is required for supporting and creating a Linux, Android, Windows 10 IoT Core or other OS-based system.

“Developers are looking for the right combination of feature sets, efficiency and cost-effectiveness,” said Jim Beneke, vice president of products and emerging technologies, Avnet. “This new single-board computer gives our customers an ideal balance of these qualities to accelerate their applications for embedded computing and AI at the edge. It’s the latest addition to our complete end-to-end product ecosystem for our customers to develop their devices for scale.”

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From December 2019, Avnet will start shipping the MaaXBoard kit along with a passive heatsink and a Quick Start guide to speed developers with their hardware or software development project.

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