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Pi.MX8 Module

by: Jan 12,2024 1438 Views 0 Comments Posted in Engineering Technical

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The Pi. MX8 1 is based on NXP's excellent i.MX 8M Plus SoC series and is an open-source compute module. It features the same form factor and electrical specifications as the popular Raspberry Pi CM4 module, making it compatible with a wide range of users.

NXP pledges up to 15 years of processor support, and in addition, the user community covered by the i.MX8 SoC possesses considerable expertise. These two factors ensure that users can meet the security requirements when building systems with Pi. MX8 1.

The usage of Pi.MX8 is highly open, allowing you to easily access documentation for all components used and the entire dataset. In other words, the system is entirely at your disposal. With drop-in CM4 compatibility, accessing carrier boards for various industrial, IoT, and multimedia applications becomes feasible. Additionally, the Pi.MX8 SoC integrates a 2.3 TOPS NPU and optional Coral TPU, enabling it to meet demanding machine learning tasks.

A complete i.MX8 system

Customizing boards and one of the minimum enclosures available for the CM4 form factor will be part of the Pi.MX8 initiative. Therefore, you don't have to worry even if there are currently no computer carrier boards available.

The optional baseboard breaks out key interfaces needed for multimedia use cases. Two USB Type-A connectors, one USB Type-C connector for the power supply, one Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 connector, an HDMI port as well as a microSD card connector will be accessible externally.

Inside the enclosure, an FPC connector and FPC cable are available to route PCIe, 5 V, and 3.3 V power as well as CSI Interfaces to your custom hardware. The lid of the enclosure is a 3D printable part that can be easily customized to fit your needs.

Features & Specifications

SOC: NXP i.MX 8M Plus

  • 4x A53 cores at up to 1.8 GHz / 1x M7 core at up to 700 MHz
  • 1 GB/2 GB/4 GB/8 GB LPDDR4 system memory
  • Vivante GC7000UL GPU


  • Gigabit Ethernet PHY supporting IEEE 1588v2 and SyncE
  • 32 MB QSPI NOR-Flash
  • PCIe Gen3 1x1 Interface
  • External SD card interface even with eMMC equipped at the same time
  • GPIO section compatible with CM4 ALT0 functionality

Optional add-ons:

  • Optional eMMC with 8 GB/16 GB/32 GB
  • Optional 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.2 (Murata LBEE5PK2BC)
  • Optional Coral Edge TPU connected via PCIe

This project is going to crowdfund on Crowd Suppy, check Pi.MX8 Module for more info and welcome to support it if you are interested.

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