Tuesday, 9 August 2016

The PICO - IMX7 - EMMC. A tiny board with big ambitions.

Over the last decade computer systems have become more powerful and smaller with each new generation. Here we are in the early 21st century and this trend continues. Technexion have recently released a new system on a chip (SOC) called the PICO-IMX7-EMMC, it's tiny. This little board measures 36mm by 40mm, the CPU power that this little unit has is just plain amazing.

It's based around the NXP i.IMX7 chipset and has two versions; the 800MHz solo and 1GHz Dual core unit. It utilizes up to 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and has onboard 4GB of eMMC storage. These features alone make it ideal for embedded applications where processing power is needed in a small space but it gets better.

The PICO board has a huge array of IO ports:

Edison I/O @ 1.8V
9 x GPIO
4 x PWM
2 x I2C
1 x I2S
1 x SPI
2 x UART
SDIO (4-bit)

Additional I/O @ 3.3V
24 bit TTL RGB
USB Host

Operating systems that run include Linux 3.x, Yocto and Brillo.

The choice for embedded systems now is vast and with boards like the PICO IMX7, more and more power is available in a very small space.


ProcessorNXP i.MX7 Solo / Dual
TechnologyARM Cortex-A7 single core @800Mhz + Cortex-M4
ARM Cortex-A7 dual core @ 1Ghz + Cortex-M4
Power Management ICNXP PF3000
System MemoryUpto 2GB LPDDR3
Storageonboard eMMC (default 4GB)
Operation SystemLinux, Yocto, Android , Ubuntu


Gigabit Network RGMIISignals routed to board-to-board connector
Wireless LANBroadcom BCM4339 802.11ac
BluetoothBroadcom BCM4339 Bluetooth v. 4.0


Board-to-Board1x Intel Edison compatible connector (Hirose 70-pin)
2x Hirose 70-pin connectors

I/O Interface Signalling

Edison I/O @ 1.8V9x GPIO
4x PWM
2x I²C
1x I²S
1x SPI
SDIO (4-bit)
Additional I/O @ 3.3V24-bit TTL RGB
MIPI DSI Display
RGMII (gigabit LAN)
Flex CAN version 2.0B Compliant


PXPImage re-sizing, rotation, overlay and CSC Pixel Processing Pipeline


InterfaceI²S (1 channel)
Audio CodecOn Carrier Board


Power Specifications

Input Power Requirements4.2 ~ 5.25 VDC

Environmental and Mechanical

TemperatureCommercial : 0° to 60° C
Extended : -20° to 70° C
Industrial : -35° to 85° C (no WiFi possible)
Humidity10 - 90%
Dimensions36 x 40 mm
1⅜ x 1 inch
Weight8 grams
CertificationCompliant with CE, FCC, RoHS, REACh directives

For more information on the Technexion PICO IMX7 please contact RDS on:

01959 563 345

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