Variscite, a leading worldwide System on Module (SoM) designer, developer and manufacturer, today announced a new, state-of-the-art SoM for efficient machine learning on edge devices. Variscite’s VAR-SOM-MX93 is based on NXP’s i.MX 93 processor, the industry’s first implementation of the Arm neural processing unit, Ethos-U65 microNPU, offers a rich set of applications targeting industrial, IoT, smart home, automotive systems, and the wearables markets.
The VAR-SOM-MX93 is designed to accelerate ML, and offers an energy flex architecture for efficient processing. Along with the 1.7GHz Dual Cortex-A55 NXP i.MX 93, the VAR-SOM-MX93 uses an additional 250Mhz Cortex-M33 real-time co-processor and a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) 256 MACs operating up to 1.0 GHz and 2 OPS/MAC, for a combination of performance and efficiency within an optimized footprint that enables developers to create high-performance, cost-effective and energy-efficient ML applications.
Variscite’s new SoM offers camera interfaces and high-quality image processing (MIPI-CSI2 and MIPI-DSI 1920×1200 24-bit) plus a range of connectivity options: certified dual-band WiFi, BT/BLE, dual GbE, dual USB2 and CAN-FD. Security is implemented via NXP’s EdgeLock secure enclave, a preconfigured, self-managed, autonomous security subsystem.
“As a company dedicated to be first to market with innovative solutions, we are proud to deliver the VAR-SOM-MX93, which provides customers with a high-quality, future-proof SoM that enables ML capabilities, security and energy efficiency required of today’s smartedge devices,” said Ofer Austerlitz, VP Business Development and Sales of Variscite. “This is the next generation of NXP processors and Variscite SoMs, for edge and endpoint computing that pushes the boundaries of what was previously possible.”
The VAR-SOM-MX93 is part of Variscite’s VAR-SOM Pin2Pin product family, which allows customers to enjoy significant long-term advantages of scalability options as well as reduced development time, costs, and risks.
Starting from i.MX6UL/i.MX6ULL modules, through i.MX 6, i.MX 8M Nano, i.MX 8M Mini, i.MX 8X up to i.MX 8M Plus and i.MX 8QuadMax based modules.
VAR-SOM-MX93 Evaluation kit
The evaluation kit of the VAR-SOM-MX93 includes the SoM with Symphony Board. The kit also includes a Low Voltage Differential Signalling (LVDS) display with a touch panel and display bridges.
Availability and Longevity
Both the evaluation kit and the SoM are now available to Variscite partners and alpha customers receiving priority fulfillment. The VAR-SOM-MX93 is included in Variscite’s long-term longevity plan and will provide an expected availability of 15 years.