This 2-Inch Cube-Shaped Desktop Gets NXP i.MX 8M Plus Upgrade
Smaller Than a Rubik’s Cube, SolidRun’s I.MX 8M Plus Powered CuBox-M Provides Software Developers a Pocketable Platform to Test New Applications
SolidRun, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance edge computing solutions, today announced a new addition to its recently announced portfolio of i.MX 8M Plus powered solutions – the CuBox-M Micro Desktop Computer.
At 8 cubic inches (2”x2”x2”), CuBox-M offers developers an unwavering combination of design simplicity and engineering capability, while its remarkably small size makes it perfect for on-the-go demos and product development. The ultra-compact desktop computer comes packed with either a dual- or quad-core ARM® Cortex® A53 processor with integrated Cortex® M7 core, a Cadence® Tensilica® HiFi 4 DSP that supports voice and natural language processing chores, and an integrated neural processing unit for enhanced AI and machine learning capabilities at the edge.
The CuBox-M is perfect for software developers. “Not everyone working on Arm-based IoT software wants an exposed SBC lying on their desk with wires hanging out of it. Sometimes a software developer or machine learning researcher just wants a streamlined system to test their product on, be it an Android application or a new Edge-based AI inference algorithm,” said SolidRun’s chief systems architect Jon Nettleton. “CuBox-M offers them exactly that, a small, powerful, and cost-effective machine for testing software that benefits from the incredible capabilities of the new i.MX 8M Plus.”
The CuBox-M comes equipped with multiple USB 3.0 interfaces and a 1080p HDMI output with plug-and-play desktop standards that software developers are used to. Additionally, SolidRun offers an optional upgrade that adds Power over Ethernet (PoE). Adding PoE makes it so that a single Ethernet cable connection services double duty as a connectivity source and power source for the entire CuBox-M system – including attached peripherals. For those that require the freedom to do development work remotely, the CuBox-M travels well – requiring very little space in a travel bag.
What can you do with a CuBox-M?
- Software development and testing
- Camera-based image recognition
- AI and machine learning inference at the edge
- Connect and manage digital signage
- Prototype virtual assistant and IoT applications
- Control your smart home
For more information about the i.MX 8M Plus-powered CuBox-M microcomputer, please visit: https://www.solid-run.com/embedded-industrial-iot/nxp-i-mx8-family/imx8m-plus-som/
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SolidRun CuBox-M Specifications:
|SOM Model||NXP i.MX8M Plus Dual- / Quad-core Arm Cortex A53 up to 1.8Ghz (with Arm M7 GPP)|
|Memory & Storage||4GB LPDDR4-4000 (can be configured up to 8GB)|
8GB eMMC storage
|Connectivity||2 x USB 3.0|
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x RJ45
|Media||HDMI 2.0 out (1080p @ 60Hz)|
|OS Support||Linux Kernel 4.9|
|Power||12V input DC jack|
Power Over Ethernet (optional)
|Environment||Ambient temperature: 0°C to 40°C|
CPU die temperature: 0°C to 105°C
Humidity (non-condensing): 10% – 90%
|Dimensions||5 x 5 x 5cm / 2”x2”x2”|
|Enclosure||Cube-shaped plastic enclosure|