iWave Updates i.MX8QM/QP SMARC Module with QNX 7.0 RTOS

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

February 26, 2020


iWave Updates i.MX8QM/QP SMARC Module with QNX 7.0 RTOS

iWave announced an update to its iWave's i.MX8 Quad Max and Quad Plus SMARC module, QNX 7.0.0 Real Time Operating System (RTOS).

iWave announced an update to its iWave's i.MX8 Quad Max and Quad Plus SMARC module, QNX 7.0 Real Time Operating System (RTOS). The update is a Unix-like RTOS developed for safety and mission critical embedded systems.

iWave Systems ported the QNX 7.0.0 to the development board. It has up to 8GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB eMMC storage with built in 802.11ac Wi-Fi module and dual gigabit ethernet support. The SMARC carrier board supports multiple display options including 4K HDMI, video input, CAN ports, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, multiple PCIe devices, SATA, USB3.0, Serial interfaces, and Audio.

Porting of QNX on iWave i.MX8 QM/QP SMARC platform:

Porting of the QNX to iWave i.MX8 QM/QP platform includes kernel & driver porting, driver development, and unit test application development. iWave's partnership with NXP and QNX helped to fasten the porting & development activity. The following drivers are supported in the QNX BSP with iWave i.MX8QM/QP SMARC platform.

• CPU and MCU - Dual Cortex A72, Quad Cortex A53 and Dual Cortex-M4

• Block/Storage devices - SD/eMMC, USB, SATA

• Multimedia support - HDMI Display, GPU, VPU, Audio, Camera

• Network interfaces - Ethernet, CAN, PCIe, 802.11ac Wi-Fi

• Misc. Drivers - Serial, HID, SPI, I2C.

QNX includes the following features:

  • Microkernel architecture
  • Instrumented microkernel
  • File encryption and Resource manager framework
  • Adaptive time partitioning
  • High availability frameworks

QNX's modular architecture enables engineers to create optimized and reliable systems, according to the company. QNX Platform can be integrated into applications including autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, telecommunications, and more.                  

iWave offers customization services and technical support for QNX porting to various i.MX8 family such as i.MX8X, i.MX8M, and i.MX8M mini.

For more information, visit: https://www.iwavesystems.com/

Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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