PHOENIX, AZ. Avnet announced that it is providing customers with the ability to focus more on the software side of their development by launching MaaXBoard, a low-cost, production-ready qualified single-board computer. Based on the NXP i.MX 8M applications processor, MaaXBoard is suitable for embedded computing and applications that leverage AI at the edge. It supports design engineers and end-users seeking to create industrial automation, multimedia, AI, and IoT applications with reduced cost and time-to-market.
“Developers are looking for the right combination of feature sets, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness,” said Jim Beneke, vice president of products and emerging technologies, Avnet. “This new single-board computer gives our customers an ideal balance of these qualities to accelerate their applications for embedded computing and AI at the edge. It’s the latest addition to our complete end-to-end product ecosystem for our customers to develop their devices for scale.”
The MaaXBoard uses NXP’s i.MX 8M family of applications processors, which are based on the Arm Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M4 cores, providing audio, voice, and video processing for applications that scale from consumer home audio to industrial building automation and embedded computers.
The MaaXBoard has a range of capabilities making it suitable for investigating AI, IoT, and multimedia applications, offering designers everything they need to support and create a Linux, Android, Windows 10 IoT Core, or other OS-based systems. The platform’s on-board peripherals include 2 GB of DDR4 memory, a Gigabit Ethernet port, dual USB 3.0 host ports, HDMI output, MIPI-DSI, MPI-CSI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, MicroSD card slot, and eMMC storage.
Avnet is shipping the MaaXBoard kit with a passive heatsink and a Quick Start guide to speed developers with their hardware or software development project. Android 9.0 and Yocto images are also available for download.
The complete MaaXBoard kit is available for pre-orders at $79.95and will ship in December 2019.