Boundary Devices has unveiled its “Nitrogen8M-Mini” SBC, the first SBC that is based on NXP’s new i.MX8M Mini SoC, and also the second embedded board with the first being Variscite’s DART-MX8M-Mini module. The SBC runs Linux on an up to 2GHz, quad -A53 i.MX8M Mini, and offers 2GB RAM, up to 128GB eMMC, PCIe, MIPI CSI/DSI, GbE, and optional WiFi/BT and PoE. Boundary Devices says:
the Nitrogen8M_Mini series of SBCs will include a robust set of attribute options, allowing them to be scaled up or down to fit any embedded project.
This points to the company’s extensive customization services. You can buy the board as a sandwich-style COM/carrier product on special request.
The Nitrogen8M-Mini may be priced at under $200. This is based on the premise that the Nitrogen8M which has more features sells for about $170. The NPX i.MX8M Mini was announced a year ago, aiming at 1Q 2019 production. The SOC is still listed as “preproduction” phase, and the Boundary Devices announcement is meant for a “pre-release” without pricing, which suggests it is currently available to a selected number of customers. You need to be a registered user to gain access to full documentation, 3D files, and schematics, and there are no community features such as a forum. NXP’s i.MX8M Mini exploits a more advanced 14LPC FinFET process than the i.MX8M, enabling the NXP to have lower power consumption and higher clock rate for both the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M4 parts. The i.MX8M however, clocks out at 1.5GHz for the two to four -A53 cores and 266MHz for the -M4 MCU, the i.MX8M Mini can clock 1.5GHz to 2GHz and 400MHz, respectively.