NXP’s i.MX6 is a family of powerful single and multi-core processor that supports Linux Yocto, an open source project providing templates and tools for the creation of custom systems for embedded products. The i.M6 also supports various “flavors” of Android.
Customers can buy the i.MX chip by itself to build into their circuits, or they can get the i.MX6 chip built into Digi’s ConnectCore6 single board computer. In either case, plug-n-play cellular connectivity can be added with the addition of NimbeLink’s plug-in PCIe adapter and a Skywire LTE cellular modem. This leaves the challenge of getting open-source Linux software added to the system, but NimbeLink offers an easy-to-use Skywire™ PPPd for LTE Application Note enabling the user to deploy the necessary Linux software.
End-device-certified Skywire modems are the smallest in the industry and are available in 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE versions. All are available with development kits and eliminate the substantial cost and delay needed to obtain FCC or carrier certification. Key applications of i.mx6 include digital signage, human/machine interface, and multi-radio wireless IoT gateways.
Developers can connect to the modem in any of three different ways:
Directly from PC to the modem’s UART port, sending AT commands through PC terminal application
From an Arduino microcontroller through the kit’s Arduino shield
To other vendors’ development kits through the kit’s standard 14-pin header
Skywire™ Embedded Modem Roadmap
Skywire™ Cellular Modems
Created by award-winning developers, Skywire™ plug-in cellular modems are the fastest way to provide cellular connectivity for machine-to-machine (M2M) products and speed them to market. Within months of its introduction Skywire™ was recognized for innovation and named a finalist for the ECN Impact Awards, Boards, Modules and Embedded Systems category.
Skywire™ is the smallest end-device certified cellular modem on the market, making it quicker and easier to deploy than chip-down chipset solutions, external modems, or solder-in modules. It uses an XBee® Standard form factor and its pre-certification eliminates months of delay and tens of thousands of dollars of cost for required certification.
It is easy to deploy, requiring just voltage and a UART connection and is more flexible than other plug-in modules, supporting a wider range of voltages and antenna connections.