Avnet Integrated announces low-cost SMARC 2.1 module

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Avnet Integrated has expanded its portfolio with the introduction of a cost-effective MSC SM2S-IMX8NANO family of modules based on NXP's i.MX 8M Nano processors.

These scalable Computer-On-Modules (COMs) have been optimised for embedded applications requiring lower-end performance combined with very low power consumption.

The MSC SM2S-IMX8NANO SMARC 2.1 module family has been designed to address high-volume projects. Avnet Integrated is one of the first module manufacturers to have implemented cost-effective DDR4 technology. The design deliberately omits features such as SD card socket, second Gigabit Ethernet port, CAN interfaces or an on-board WiFi/Bluetooth module. If higher performance or the above mentioned features are needed, however, the MSC SM2S-IMX8MINI SMARC 2.1 module family with fast LPDDR4 is already available.

This comprehensive portfolio of high-performance embedded modules has been developed within Avnet Integrated design centres and manufactured in the company's highly automated production facilities located in Germany.

When developing embedded systems based on the MSC SM2S-IMX8NANO modules, customers will be able to benefit from the extensive ecosystem built around the modules. Avnet Integrated provides complete design tools such as starter kits and board support packages (BSP) as well as comprehensive services such as design-in support and customer carrier board design reviews.

Typical target markets for the MSC SM2S-IMX8NANO module family include efficient and cost-effective industrial human machine interface (HMI) systems, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions such as speech and facial recognition, smart home and building automation applications, medical diagnostic and patient monitoring equipment and digital signage solutions.