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The 8MPNavQ is a small purpose built experimental Linux computer based on the NXP i.MX 8M Plus 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:
  1. 1.
    NXP i.MX 8M Plus SOM with LPDDR4 DRAM and eMMC Flash.
    1. 1.
      4x Arm Cortex-A53
    2. 2.
      1x Arm Cortex-M7
    3. 3.
      1x Neural Processing Unit (2.3 TOPS)
    4. 4.
      1080p60 H.265/H.264 encoder
    5. 5.
      Dual Camera Image Signal Processor (HDR, Dewarp)
  2. 2.
    A secondary board with hardware interfaces such as:
    1. 1.
      Dual MIPI-CSI and single MIPI-DSI
    2. 2.
      Two CAN-FD interfaces
    3. 3.
      I2C, SPI, UART, GPIO
    4. 4.
      SD Card slot
    5. 5.
      2.4/5GHz WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0
    6. 6.
      Micro HDMI
    7. 7.
      USB-C PWR in/out
    8. 8.
      1Gb IX Ethernet
    9. 9.


The NavQ+ is suitable for many purposes, including generic robots, various vision systems, and AI/ML applications.
The NavQ is suitable for many purposes, including generic robots and various vision systems.
  • Drones, QuadCopters, Unmanned Aircraft, VTOL
  • Rovers
  • Road going Delivery Vehicles
  • Robotic Lawnmowers
  • Robotic Vacuum
  • Flying vehicles (PX4)
  • DIYRobotCars
  • Marine vessels
  • Camera and Vision processing modules
  • Time of Flight (TOF) Cameras
  • AI/ML inference
  • Cellular gateway
  • 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 8MPNavQ in HoverGames is to enable participants with a solution that allows them to harness common robotics packages and libraries such as:
  • ROS/ROS2
  • OpenCV
  • GStreamer
  • pyeIQ
    • TensorFlow/TFLite
    • PyTorch
    • ArmNN
    • etc
  • And more!
The 8MPNavQ 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.
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