- Includes powerful NXP processor for edge computing
- Has a rich and interactive GUI
- Safe IoT platform
Now, iWave promises to ease these challenges and turn them into opportunities for innovation by launching a new Single-Board Computer (SBC) that is powerful enough to address even the most pressing development challenges.
Powered by NXP i.MX8 Processor, the iWave SBC is equipped with up to eight Armv8 64-Bit heterogeneous CPU cores (2 Arm Cortex- A72, 4 Arm Cortex-A53 and 2 Arm Cortex-M4F). These provide the SBC with an extremely powerful computational capability. Use cases include High-Speed Networking, Edge Computing, Industrial Automation,4K imaging, e-Cockpit and Intelligent Data Centre.
Edge computing is paving the way for a new era of connected and intelligent devices. Keeping this in mind, iWave SBC has been designed for enabling edge computing to realise real-time processing, flexible high-speed memory and robust connectivity for applications such as medical, industrial or automotive.
In order to achieve this, the powerful Cortex-M4F cores run RTOS to accelerate real-time intelligence in edge applications. This MCU is proficient at handling critical real-time tasks associated with an application such as monitoring of sensor circuitry. The signal is subsequently decoded and processed by the cores running Linux / Android OS, with non-critical tasks shared with the Cloud for further analytics.
Rich Interactive GUI
Integral to the SBC is an integrated high-performance dual GC7000 3D GPU and 4K H.265 VPU that offers rich interactive graphical experience on 4 x HD or one 4K display.
An additional HIFI4 DSP module further offloads the main cores and adds flexibility for a variety of end applications. These capabilities, along with the highly integrated form factor, make the iWave SBC a cutting-edge machine for vision systems, IIoT solutions and advanced robotics.
When there is a powerful processing platform that is taking care of the computing performance, it is very important to ensure that all the hardware resources are utilised efficiently and to their full potential. This is achieved by hardware virtualisation.
And iWave has successfully integrated open-source type 1 Xen.
When it comes to I/O connectivity, the iWave SBC excels with its wide range of on-board and external connector interfaces. Included on the SBC is a Gigabit Ethernet PHY, USB 3.0 hub and IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 module for high-speed network connectivity.
Additionally, an on-board CAN and RS232 interfaces accelerate applications in automotive and industrial automation systems. Multiple audio and video interfaces combine to enhance the multimedia performance of the SBC. Key multimedia interfaces on-board include HDMI/eDP Display and I2S Audio Codec with Audio In/Out jack while interfaces over Expansion Connector include MIPI CSI, MIPI DSI, SPI, UART, LVDS and I2C.
Optimized Power Consumption
Thanks to the use of multiple low-power technologies, the iWave SBC intelligently manages the power efficiency of the entire system. Firstly, the Cortex-M4F cores are configured to monitor the system in low power mode, while the main processors are deactivated. The main cores can be activated either using predefined wake-up time or when there is a user-defined interrupt. Power is also kept to a minimum with the use of high-speed LPDDR and the incorporation of NXP’s dual PF8100 Power Management Integrated Circuit.
Secure and Safe platform
Due to a huge increase in IoT-based connected devices, the number of attacks has also grown exponentially. This emphasizes a need to secure embedded platforms with reliable and fool-proof security mechanisms.
Thus, iWave’s SBC includes a dedicated Security Microcontroller (SECO) to perform security functions. The SECO controller verifies the authenticity of the Uboot, Linux and RTOS binaries. The binaries are then certified and stored in the module’s storage.
The security controller also contains a Cryptographic Acceleration and Assurance Module (CAAM) to implement secure and validated cryptography mechanisms and further enhance data security in the SBC platform.
Other key Security features in iWave’s SBC include:
- High Assurance Boot – HAB
- Encryption and Decryption using HW cryptography Engine
- Encryption of keys for protecting sensitive data
- Secure FOTA (Firmware Over the Air Update)