This 2-Inch Cube-Shaped Desktop Gets NXP i.MX 8M Plus Upgrade

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

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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:


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 SolidRun CuBox-M Specifications:


SOM ModelNXP i.MX8M Plus Dual- / Quad-core Arm Cortex A53 up to 1.8Ghz (with Arm M7 GPP)
Memory & Storage4GB LPDDR4-4000 (can be configured up to 8GB)

MicroSD slot

8GB eMMC storage

Connectivity2 x USB 3.0

1 x HDMI 2.0

1 x RJ45

MediaHDMI 2.0 out (1080p @ 60Hz)
I/OIndication LEDs


IR receiver

OS SupportLinux Kernel 4.9


Power12V input DC jack

Power Over Ethernet (optional)

EnvironmentAmbient temperature: 0°C to 40°C

CPU die temperature: 0°C to 105°C

Humidity (non-condensing): 10% – 90%

Dimensions5 x 5 x 5cm / 2”x2”x2”
EnclosureCube-shaped plastic enclosure