MaaxBoard Mini is an i.MX8M powered single-board PC

NXP’s i.MX8M line of processors are popular with open source hardware makers thanks to NXP’s ample documentation for these ARM-based chips. While they’re not as powerful as the latest processors from Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek, or Apple, they’ve shown up in devices like Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone and single-board computers like the PICO-PI-IMX8M. Now there’s […]

PICO-PI-IMX8M is like a Raspberry Pi with the heart of Purism’s Librem 5 smartphone

There’s no shortage of Raspberry Pi lookalikes these days. But the PICO-PI-IMX8M stands out as one of the only models I’m aware of to feature an NXP I.MX8M Quad processor. One of the things I find interesting about that chip is that it’s the same ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor Purism is using for the Librem […]

Necunos NC_1 is an expensive, open source phone-shaped… thing

The Necunos NC_1 looks like a typical smartphone. But instead of Android or iOS it’s designed to run GNU/Linux-based software. And… it doesn’t have a cellular modem or SIM card slot. So basically it’s a phone-shaped Linux tablet. Or something. Whatever it is, it’s up for pre-order starting today and it’s scheduled to start shipping […]

Wand Pi 8M is a Raspberry Pi-like PC with NXP i.MX8 CPU for $89 and up (coming in 2018)

Wandboard has been making tiny computers featuring Freescale i.MX chips for years, but the company’s next product may be one of the most interesting to date. The Wand Pi 8M is powered by an NXP i.MX8M ARMv8 processor (Freescale was acquired by NXP), and it has a Raspberry Pi-like design, as well as a Raspberry […]

Purism’s Librem 5 Linux phone will likely feature NXP i.mx8 processor (if it ships)

It’s starting to look like that Purism Librem 5 smartphone with a GNU/Linux operating system and hardware kill switches for the camera, mic, wireless features might actually happen. While you can often predict the success or failure of a crowdfunding campaign based on its first few days, the Librem 5 project didn’t pick up a […]

Compulab’s tiny UCM-iMX7 compute module bends over backward to stay small

Compulab makes a line of tiny desktop computers that it sells under the Fit-PC brand, among others. But the company also offers a line of computer-on-modules including solutions with Intel and AMD chips, and tiny models with ARM-based chips from Freescale/NXP. The company’s latest ARM-based module is called the UCM-iMX7 and it features a Cortex-A7 processor, up […]