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ARM Cortex Computing Platform



  • Freescale i.MX6 Cortex-A9 Solo, Dual-Lite, Dual and Quad
  • 1GB DDR3L (2GB Option, Solo=512MB), 8GB eMMC Flash, 1x SD/MMC, 1x SATA (D/Q)
  • Parallel 18/24-bit RGB, 24-bit dual-chann. LVDS, HDMI
  • 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN
  • 2 x CAN, 4 x UART, 5 x I2C, 2 x I2S, 1 x PCIe, 12 x GPIOs, 2 x SPI, 4-LANE Serial Camera Interface

Possible Applications

  • Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Rear Seat Entertainment Systems
  • In-Freight Entertainment
  • The Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Medical-CT Scanner
  • Digital Signage
  • Point of Sales
  • Display Units
  • General Control Systems
  • Smart Grid
  • HVAC Control System

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The highly scalable Embedian SMARC-FiMX6 modules with single, dual lite, dual or quad core NXP(Freescale) i.MX6 processors cover an extremely wide performance range. Based on the ARM Cortex A9 technology, they support a huge variety of industry standard interfaces, while at the same time providing advanced multimedia and high speed connectivity making it suitable for an almost unlimited number of applications.
SMARC-FiMX6 supports both SMARC 1.0 AND SMARC 1.1 standards.

Technical Information
Part Number
SMARC-FiMX6 part number
  • 1: S (Solo Core running up to 1GHz and 512MB DDR3L memory)
        U (DualLite Core running up to 1GHz)
        D (Dual Core running up to 1GHz)
        Q (Quad Core running up to 1GHz)
  • 2: 1G (1GB DDR3L memory)
         2G (2GB DDR3L memory, only for Dual and Quad Core)
         Leave it Blank for Solo Core
  • 3: I: Industrial temperature (-40oC ~ 85oC), only support CPU running up to 800Mhz; Leave it Blank for commercial temperature.
  • 4: C: Conformal coating, only support industrial temp. variants; Leave it Blank if you do not need it.
Note: SMARC-FiMX6 supports both 1.8V (SMARC 1.1) AND 3.3V (SMARC 1.0) VDDIO. (automatically detected according to carrier board)

Example: SMARC-FiMX6-D-1G: Dual Core SMARC-FiMX6 module with 1GB DDR3L in normal temperature.

SMARC 1.0 _and_ SMARC 1.1 (same P/N)

Dimension (W x L)
82mm x 50mm

NXP (Freescale) i.MX 6

Solo, Dual Lite, Dual and Quad Core

1GHz (Industrial Temp.: 800Mhz)

Main Memory
1GB DDRL (Dual Lite, Dual and Quad) or 2GB DDR3L (Dual and Quad only)

512MB DDR3 (Solo)

8GB eMMC (5.0) onboard

4MB SPI NOR Flash onboard

AT24C32 EEPROM onboard

Graphic Controller
Dual Display

HD 1080p Encode/Decode

2D/3D h/w Acceleration

Display Interfaces
24 bit parallel RGB LCD data and control signals

Single channel 18 or 24 bit LVDS LCD or dual channel LVDS LCD
  • Panel support signals (I2C, Power Enables, PWM)
  • 2nd LVDS channel may be implemented on Carrier board
  • Support for dual channel implementations

One HDMI port

MIPI/Serial Camera Interfaces
Serial configuration: CSI (4 lanes)

SDIO Interfaces
Two SDIO interfaces
  • 4 bit SDIO card interface with support lines
  • 8 bit eMMC interface with support lines

SPI Interfaces
Two SPI interfaces

I2S Interfaces
One I2S interface
  • Typically used for connection to I2S audio CODECs

SPDIF Interfaces
One SPDIF interface
  • SPDIF_IN and SPDIF_OUT available for audio use

I2C Interfaces
Four I2C interfaces
  • Power Management
  • General Purpose
  • Camera
  • LCD Display ID

HDMI interface also has private I2C interface for HDMI use

Asynchronous Serial Port (UART) Interfaces
Four asynchronous serial ports

Two with 4 wire handshake (RXD, TXD, RTS#, CTS#)

Two with data only (RXD, TXD)

Logic level signals

CAN Bus Interfaces
Two CAN bus interfaces
  • Logic level signals from Module based CAN bus protocol controllers
  • RXD, TXD only
  • Two Module GPIOs are designated for optional use as CAN bus error status inputs

USB Interfaces
Two USB Ports allow USB 2.0 Host operation (Full Speed and High Speed)

One port allows USB 2.0 OTG (USB client or host)

USB support signals (VBUS enable / Over-current detects, OTG support signals)

PCI Express
One PCIe x 1 link

PCIe Gen2

Reference Clock Pair

Full set of PCIe support signals (CLKREQ#, PCIE_RESET#, presence detects)

Could be configured as PCIe target

Common PCIe wake signal

SATA Interface (Dual and Quad core only)
One SATA interface


Gigabit Ethernet
One analog GBE MDI interface (Qualcomm Atheros AR8035 PHY onboard)

No magnetics on Module

LED support signals

CTREF (center tap reference voltage) for Carrier magnetic

Watchdog Timer Interfaces

Real-Time Clock
External Seiko S35390A onboard

General Purpose I/O
Twelve GPIO signals

Specific alternate functions are assigned to some GPIOs

PWM / Tachometer capability

Camera support

CAN Error Signaling

HD Audio reset

System and Power Management Signals
Reset out and Reset in

Power button in

Power source status

Module power state status

System management pins

Battery and battery charger management pins

Carrier Power On control

Power Consumption (Typical)
Solo Core (512MB DDR3L): 1.55W

Dual Lite Core (1GB DDR3L): 2.2W

Dual Core (1GB DDR3L): 2.5W

Quad Core (1GB DDR3L): 3.6W

Boot Source Select
Three pins to allow selection from Carrier Board

Select options to include boot from one of the following:
  • Module SPI
  • Module eMMC Flash
  • Module NOR Flash
  • Module Remote Boot (Network Port)
  • Carrier SPI
  • Carrier eMMC
  • Carrier SD Card
  • Carrier SATA

Power Supply
3V to 5.25V:
Operates directly from single level Lithium Ion cells, or fixed 3.3V or 5V power supply

Linux and Android:
Based on NXP (Freescale) imx_4.14.98_2.0.0_ga, imx_4.9.88_2.0.0_ga, imx_4.9.11_1.0.0_ga, imx_4.1.15_1.0.0_ga and imx_3.14.28_1.0.0_ga

Yocto Project Support

Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 and Debian 9 Support

Android 7.1.2_2.0.0 (Nougat) and Android 6.0.1_2.1.0 (Marshmallow) Support

Form Factor
82 mm x 50 mm by SMARC Specification

Evaluation Baseboard (EVK-STD-CARRIER)
12V~24V Power input with 2.5mm DC Jack connector

3.5mm Audio Jack

RTC backup battery holder


LVDS, VGA DSUB15 (from 24-bit parallel LCD) and HDMI connector

1 x 10/100/1000Mbps RJ-45 connector

2 x RS232/422/485 DSUB9 connector, 2 x RS232 2.0mm Header

2 x USB host 2.0 type A connector, 1 x mini USB client connector

1 x PCIe connector, 2 x mini PCIe connector

2 x CAN BUS header, 1 x 2x7-pin GPIO header, Audio Mic. in and Speaker out Audio Jack

2 x I2C header (for capacitive touch), 4 x SPI header, 1 Camera/MIPI header

1 x SDHC connector, 1 x on-carrier-board eMMC flash

A single 4KB EEPROM is provided on I2C0 that holds the board information. This information includes board name, serial number, and revision information.

1 x external watchdog reset

jumpers for LCD 3.3V or 5V voltage, boot selection, RS232 or RS485 selection, SMARC 1.0 or SMARC 1.1 selection

Form factor: 170mm (L) x 170mm (W) (mini-ITX form factor)

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