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Advantech's SMARC2.1 Module ROM-5620 Powered by NXP i.MX 8X for Ruggedized Automation & Industrial Control


May 14th 2020, Taipei – Advantech, a global leader of embedded computing, is pleased to announce the ROM -5620 SMARC 2.1 module, its first Arm® Cortex® -A35 based on the NXP i.MX8X application processor. The ROM-5620, features a ultra-low-power consumption design and extended operating temperature, ideally suited for automation equipment and HMI devices. The ROM-5620 adopts an automotive grade SoC and related industrial grade components to provide long life cycle support and wide operating temperature from -40°C to 85°C. Equipped with AIM-Linux and WISE-DeviceOn software services, ROM-5620 provides long-term maintenance along with industrial-focused apps and SDK add-ons within the Linux BSP for better time-to-market support. Two GbE Ethe rnet controllers, 2 x CAN bus, software configurable display solutions with dual channel LVDS or MIPI-DSI and a wide range of I/O interfaces like PCIe 3.0, USB 3.0 and 4-Lane MIPI-CSI2 are default supported on our ROM-5620 compact size SMARC 2.1 Computer-On-Module.

Ultra-Low-Power Design with Just Enough Efficiency

The ROM-5620 is specialized in its just enough efficiency for almost all of the industrial control applications as it provides 40% higher performance and 10% lower power consumption comparing to the Cortex-A7 platform. ROM-5620 is powered by NXP’s i.MX 8X SoC, with 2 to 4 core energy-efficient Cortex-A35 processor for mid-range automation and industrial market segments, one Cortex-M4F core for real-time processing, and one Tensilica® Hi-Fi 4 DSP for efficient audio and voice codec execution. For graphic performance, the Vivante GC7000 Lite GPU, provides 4K H.265 capable decoder, and dual 1080P60 display controller.

Multiple I/O Expansion options for Digitalized Equipment with Automated Control

Following the SMARC 2.1 standard, ROM-5620 leverages high-bandwidth 2GB LPDDR4 memory, 16GB eMMC and dual GbE LAN controllers. It also provides a flexible display solution for 1 x dual channel LVDS or 2 x 4-lane MIPI-DSI through software configuration. I/O expansion choices include, USB3.0, 2 x USB2.0, PCIe3.0, SDIO and 3 x UARTs for wireless module connectivity. These expansion choices together with 1 x 4-Lane MIPI-CSI2, 4 x I2C, 2 x SPI, 2 x CAN bus and 12 x GPIO interfaces, cover all the essential requirements for automated control and ruggedized application.

Value-added AIM-Linux + WISE-DeviceOn for Remote Device Control and Management

Advantech supports an Allied, Industrial and Modular (AIM) framework for Linux applications that help accelerate software development via flexible, long-term support. AIM-Linux services offer verified embedded OS platforms and industrial-focused apps and SDKs through which users can easily select the embedded software tools they need to focus on their application software development. ROM-5620 is also armed with WISE-DeviceOn for securely automated device onboarding, remote device monitoring and software over-the-air updates.

ROM-5620 Key Features

  • NXP i.MX 8X DualXPlus/QuadXPlus 1.2GHz Processor with 2 to 4 Cortex-A35 and Cortex-M4F
  • 64-bit LPDDR4 2GB, 16GB eMMC and 8MB QSPI NOR Flash
  • 4Kp30 H.265/H.264 decoder, 1080p30 H.264 encoder capability
  • Ultra-Low-Power Consumption with 4.45W(Max) @5VDual channel LVDS or 2 x 4-Lane MIPI-DSI by software configuration
  • Dual GbE LAN / PCIe 3.0 / 1 x USB 3.0 and 2 x USB2.0 / 3 x UART / 2 x CAN bus / MIPI-CSI
  • Operating Temperature: 0~60°C / -40~85°C
  • Multi OS support in Yocto2.5 AIM-Linux & Android BSP
”The ROM-5620 delivers all the performance of the i.MX 8X in a SMARC 2.1 module form factor that will enable fast design-in and rapid adoption with a wide range of customers across the industrial and automotive markets,” said Robert Thompson, Director Global i.MX Ecosystem at NXP Semiconductors.

Advantech ROM-5620 will be available in Q2, 2020. Please contact an Advantech sales office or authorized channel partner to learn more about it. For more information on Advantech’s Arm computing products and services, visit now!