SECO “SBC-C43” MODULE FEATURES CORTEX-A72 ENABLED I.MX8.
Seco is developing a 3.5-inch “SBC-C43”, which runs Linux or Android on an up to hexa-core i.MX8, offering up to 8GB soldered DDR4 and 32GB eMMC plus WiFi/BT, 2x GbE, 3x USB, HDMI 2.0 in and out, 2x M.2, and -40 to 85°C support. Seco’s 3.5-inch SBC enables soldered memory and optional industrial temperature support. It’s built to support medical devices, digital signage, edge computing, industrial automation, IoT, smart vision, and vending.
There has been a host of compute modules based on the Cortex-A72 enabled i.MX8, like the Variscite’s VAR-SOM-MX8 and SPEAR-MX8, but Seco’s 3.5-inch SBC-C43, is the first SBC we have come a-cross to feature the Cortex-A72 enabled i.MX8. The Seco SBC-C43 enables NXP’s default Yocto Project Linux stack and also Wind River Linux and Android.
The SBC supports all three variants of i.MX8, inclusive of the QuadMax with 2x Cortex-A72 cores and 4x Cortex-A53 cores, the QuadPlus which features a single Cortex-A72 and 4x -A53, and the Quad with no -A72 cores and 4x -A53. The clock rates were not listed but judging from Toradex’s Apalis iMX8 module that clocks the -A72 cores at 1.6GHz and the -A53 cores at 1.26GHz, we can say the SBC-C43 will clocked within that range. The three models also feature 2x Cortex-M4F real-time cores as well as 2x Vivante GPU/VPU cores.
The QuadMax incorporates the GC7000XSVX GPU, but the other two models have the Lite version. The video support is the same, but with 4K30 decoding and the capacity to drive up to 4x displays simultaneously. However, the 4K resolution is being shared between the different outputs. The SBC-C43 enables up to 8GB DDR4 and up to 32GB eMMC, which are soldered to the board for a greater durability.
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