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Toradex Expands Product Portfolio with New Embedded

Computer Based on NXP I.MX 7 Applications Processors


23 February 2016, Nrnberg, Germany: Toradex is pleased to announce a new member of its System
on Module (SOM) product line based on the NXP i.MX 7 series applications processors. The processors
offer an excellent performance/power ratio, advanced security features, and a heterogeneous multicore
architecture based on ARM Cortex-A7 and Cortex-M4 cores, which make the platform a perfect fit for
products targeting the rapidly growing IoT market.

Some of the features of new SOMs: Colibri iMX7S and Colibri iMX7D are;

NXP i.MX 7Solo and i.MX 7Dual applications processors

1x/2x ARM Cortex-A7 up to 1GHz & 1x Cortex-M4 at 200MHz

256MB/512MB RAM, 512MB on-board Flash

Asymmetric/ Heterogeneous multicore processing

Low power consumption/ high efficiency

Advanced security features

Connectivity: CAN, Ethernet, USB, I2C, UART, etc.

Multimedia: Touch, RGB, Camera Parallel Interface, Analog Audio, etc.

Temperature range -20 to 85 C

The additional Cortex-M4 core is tailored for time-critical applications. This unique heterogeneous
multicore architecture allows to clearly separate real time tasks from any server or GUI-related
applications. The i.MX 7 processor also includes many additional security features such as secure boot,
cryptographic acceleration and tamper detection, which are of high value for the IoT market.
Toradex's internal benchmarks prove the effectiveness of the new architecture used for i.MX 7
processors. While the performance is comparable to the very successful i.MX 6Solo processor (ARM
Cortex-A9 1GHz) SoC, the power consumption in operating mode is in the range of the Colibri VF61
(ARM Cortex-A5 500MHz) or less than 75% of the power consumption of i.MX 6Solo. When looking at

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the standby mode, i.MX 7 requires even less than a third compared to the power consumption of i.MX
6Solo.

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*Results are based on nbench benchmarking, which uses a single-core, so performance & power consumption figures are
comparable between dual-core i.MX 7Dual and single-core SoCs such as i.MX 6Solo, VF61 & VF50

The Colibri iMX7S/D SOMs are an extension to the robust and compact Toradex embedded computing
SOMs and customized Single Board Computers (SBC), which are used in variety of industries such as
industrial automation, medical, automotive, robotics and many more. Toradexs products are ideal for
quickly creating proof-of-concepts as well as scaling seamlessly from prototypes to tens of thousands of
devices, without the need to redesign the embedded computer.

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We are happy to be one of the first companies in the world providing a product based on the NXP i.MX
7 series. This processor offers an upgrade path from our pin-compatible VFxx-based platforms while
retaining the unique combination of two different cores on the same die. By controlling sensors and
actuators through the Cortex-M4 core and running non-time critical tasks on the Cortex-A7 core, many
customers can massively reduce both the system complexity and the BOM cost. This great product is
another result of a longstanding and strong partnership between Toradex and NXP, said Stephan
Dubach, CEO, Toradex.
NXP is looking to drive wide adoption of the i.MX7, critical to our success are system level board designs
from our partners that enable our customers to effectively accelerate time to market. Toradexs Colibri
i.MX7 SOM is a highly efficient, powerful module that offers advanced security features in a small form
factor. This combined with an extensive ecosystem, will allow customers to immediate start development
and shorten time to market, said Robert Thompson, Chief Enablement Architect for i.MX applications
processors, NXP Semiconductors.
Technical Specifications
Technical details of Colibri iMX7 SOMs can be found at https://www.toradex.com/computer-onmodules/colibri-arm-family/nxp-freescale-imx7
Availability:
Toradexs Colibri iMX7 SOMs will be available for sales from 23 February 2016 on the Toradex webshop.
Webinar:
Toradex is hosting a webinar on 09 March 2016 with NXP. Register now: Introducing the i.MX 7 Systemon-Chip - presented by Toradex and NXP
About Toradex
Toradex is a Swiss based company with offices around the world, offering ARM -based System on
Modules (SOMs) and Customized SBCs. Powered by NXP i.MX 6, i.MX 7 & Vybrid, and NVIDIA Tegra
processors, the pin compatible SOMs offer scalability in terms of price, performance, power consumption,
and I/Os. Complemented with direct online sales and long-term product availability, Toradex offers direct
premium support and ex-stock availability with local warehouses.
For media queries, please contact:
Lakshmi Naidu: lakshmi.naidu@toradex.com

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