The 8MMNavQ is a small purpose built experimental Linux computer based on the NXP i.MX 8M Mini SOC. It is focused on the common needs of Mobile Robotics systems.
The system is built as a stack of boards, the top board being a SOM (system on module) containing the Processor, memory and other components with strict layout requirements, and where the secondary boards are relatively inexpensive (often 4 layer boards) and allows for versions with customization to be easily built. This is a brand new set of boards and software enablement will undergo several iterations. Our intent is to provide a "friendly Linux" with typical packages and additional tools included rather than the typical highly optimized and stripped down Linux found in deeply embedded products.
The 8MMNavQ features:
NXP i.MX 8M Mini SOM with LPDDR4 DRAM and eMMC Flash.
A secondary board with SDCARD, Networking, MIPI-CSI (Camera) and MIPI-DSI (Display) interfaces
MIPI-DSI to HDMI converter
A Google Coral camera module
A third HGI (HoverGames Interposer board) with common interfaces and specific drone and rover interfaces which follow PX4 standards.
The NavQ is suitable for many purposes, including generic robots and various vision systems.
Drones, QuadCopters, Unmanned Aircraft, VTOL
Road going Delivery Vehicles
Flying vehicles (PX4)
Camera and Vision processing modules
Time of Flight (TOF) Cameras
Vision systems in other applications
e.g a hospital bed monitor that detects if a patient is sitting up or at risk of falling out of bed.
Two specific complete developer tool examples are the NXP HoverGames Drone, and the NXP-CUP car.
The intent of the 8MMNavQ in HoverGames is to enable participants with a solution that allows them to harness common robotics packages and libraries such as:
The 8MMNavQ runs linux with a package manager, so you should be able to install the packages that you need to complete your projects successfully and efficiently.