Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT) is adding the MaaXBoard Nano, a new single-board computer, to its portfolio of hardware designed to accelerate time to market and reduce development costs. Based on NXP’s i.MX 8M Nano processor, the production-ready MaaXBoard Nano is designed for embedded computing and smart edge IoT applications. It is enhanced for advanced audio with four microphones and an audio jack. It is FCC, CE and RoHS certified. The product allows the flexibility to design and test concepts, allowing the user to focus on the software side of product development.
The MaaXBoard Nano contains everything necessary to support and create Linux, Android, or other OS-based systems. The platform offers several onboard peripherals including 1 GB of DDR4 memory, a Gigabit Ethernet port, quad USB 2.0 host ports, MIPI-DSI, MIPI-CSI, WiFi, Bluetooth, MicroSD card slot, four onboard microphones, and an audio jack. A Raspberry Pi hat-compatible expansion connector also provides interfaces for UART, SPI, I2C, and GPIO.
“By offering low-cost i.MX 8M Nano single-board computer, developers can focus on the software side of design as they leverage our hardware solution,” said Jim Beneke, vice president of products and emerging technologies, Avnet. “The MaaxBoard Nano is Avnet’s latest addition to the single-board computer form-factor MaaXBoard collection of NXP-based boards. The capabilities of the MaaXBoard Nano can be extended even further when combined with Avnet’s IoTConnect Platform making it ideal for AI, IoT, industrial automation, multi-media, and audio applications.”
Avnet’s IoTConnect™ Platform is cloud-based and highly scalable to address common industry needs and challenges. With a standardized way to harness IoT, designers can quickly build smart apps and solutions on the platform — extending capabilities and supporting best practices and data-driven decision-making. By leveraging Microsoft’s enterprise-grade, highly secure Azure hybrid cloud computing service, the IoTConnect Platform enables seamless distribution and analysis of data across cloud and on-premise systems.
The Avnet-designed MaaXBoard Nano utilizes NXP’s i.MX 8 family of application processors, which are based on the Arm® Cortex®-A53 and Cortex-M7 cores. These chips provide industry-leading audio, voice, and video processing for applications that scale from consumer home audio to industrial building automation and embedded computers.