Latest computer-on-module Evaluation Kits

Paul Boughton

Advantech, a leader in the embedded computing market, has announced Evaluation Kits (EVKs) for a full range of RISC-based computer-on-modules powered by the Freescale ARM Cortex-A9 i.MX6 high-performance processor. Advantech offers various EVKs for multiple RISC-based computer-on-module (COM) hardware platforms including Qseven, SMARC and RTX 2.0; so users can benefit from worry-free evaluation without purchasing any additional items. 

The range of COM EVKs was designed for evaluating function and performance validation, hardware design and application development. A reference design of each carrier board provides valid samples of all its features, and the integrated I/O and chips offer further reference designs to help users develop their own carrier boards. The evaluation board can be used for trouble shooting and as a benchmark for cross comparison. It is critical for quality assurance and testing that an error-free and well-integrated standard board is available, users need it to compare with their own customised board and this is exactly what Advantech offers.

The EVKs were released along with the company’s optimised OS image in Linux, Android, Ubuntu and WinCE, so users can validate the performance of different OS through one single hardware platform. In addition, the source code of the supported OS can be obtained for free through the company’s sales channels, and related documents such as carrier board schematics, reference design guide, and user manuals are all downloadable from the product website; so customers can efficiently improve the validation and development of their new COMs. 

The EVK supports full I/O testing, which minimises installation time, so users no longer need to spend time on making cables or looking to map connectors. With the range of COM EVKs, users can immediately experience the high performance and extraordinary low-power consumption of Freescale i.MX6 series powerful SoCs.

Furthermore, Advantech provides a compatible peripheral list for each EVK to show clear information to those who need Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, camera and more. The compatibility of peripheral devices has been tested and approved and the drivers have been well integrated and verified.