Laird Connectivity’s New System-on-Modules Delivers Powerful Edge NXP Processing with NXP Wi-Fi and Bluetooth


AKRON, Ohio, November 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Laird Connectivity, a global leader in wireless technology, today announced the latest addition to its System-on-Modules (SOM) line, the Summit SOM. 8M Plus based on NXP® Semiconductors i.MX 8M Plus 88W8997 Wireless SoC and Application Processor. The SOM Summit 8M Plus is a highly integrated and comprehensive hardware and software solution that combines NXP’s multi-core application processing with NXP’s 2×2 dual-band Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity for a wide range of advanced IoT applications.

The SOM Summit 8M Plus is Laird Connectivity’s most versatile, feature-rich and secure SOM to date, truly perfect to serve as the primary platform for advanced wireless IoT applications. Powered by NXP i.MX 8M Plus an 88W8997 wireless application processor and SoC, the Summit SOM 8M Plus offers a versatile and energy efficient quad arm® Cortex®– MPU A53 and MCU Cortex-M7 solution for powerful heterogeneous multiprocessing. Integration of i.MX 8M Plus the SoC in the SOM Summit 8M Plus enables customers to take advantage of hardware acceleration for machine learning with integrated 2.3 TOPS neural processing unit, rich multimedia (graphics, video, vision and audio) with DSP core and GPU, advanced connectivity and enhanced security for flexible, high performance solutions. Its comprehensive range of interfaces includes support for up to three displays and several options for video output, camera, audio and I / O. Integrated Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M7 cores enable concurrent Linux® and running the RTOS on dedicated subsystems protected by a firewall. The i.MX quad-core 8M In addition, the SoC is powerful enough to run multiple instances of Linux for various purposes, such as user interface, connectivity, etc. The SOM Summit 8M Plus is ready for any challenge – Laird Connectivity’s most successful offering yet.

“When Laird Connectivity asked us to recommend an application processor that could serve the next generation of industrial grade connected systems, the i.MX 8M Plus, the application processor was an easy choice, ”said Alex dopplinger, marketing director for the building and energy segment at NXP Semiconductors. “It is the most complete member of our evolving i.MX 8M family, targeting applications ranging from industrial HMI, machine vision, control of service robots and drones, fleet analysis, building management systems, gateways and audio / voice systems. Laird Connectivity SOM Summit 8M Plus combines it with NXP’s Wi-Fi technology in a compact solution that simplifies and accelerates the time to market of secure connected products. “

Safety and longevity are the fundamental pillars of Summit SOM 8M More. It is designed from the ground up with a powerful and comprehensive security architecture ideal for today’s connected IoT applications. Secure Enclave and Secure Boot powered by i.MX 8M Plus enables software validation based on trusted root hardware and a flexible, high-performance secure storage system for passwords, certificates, and data storage, with Summit Linux FIPS Core Crypto (FIPS 140-3 level) validation. 1). Plus, pin-compatible connectivity has refreshed the Summit SOM 8M Plus modules will be available in the future as NXP updates its 2×2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth silicon combo to the latest standards.

Laird Connectivity’s dedication to long-term support is reflected in its collaboration with NXP, as well as in Laird Connectivity’s software offerings and product longevity roadmap. Laird Connectivity’s upcoming device management solution enables devices to be updated in the field, allowing end customers to stay ahead of CVEs, feature updates and other software fixes reviews. The LTS Summit Yocto Linux and Summit Zephyr RTOS versions of Laird Connectivity offer long-term software support, as well as the basic Linux and FreeRTOS version options of NXP. In addition, the i.MX 8M The Plus processor is backed by NXP’s Product Longevity Program, which guarantees long-term uptime of over 15 years.

“We are launching the Summit SOM family in partnership with manufacturers of connected industrial and medical devices who require a system on a family of modules that offers security best practices and an updated connectivity roadmap as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth standards are evolving, ”said Dan Kephart, senior product manager, Laird Connectivity.

The SOM Summit 8M Evaluation Kit Plus includes reference designs for Display, Camera, Audio, LTE, GPS, Power Profiling, PoE, Battery Usage, battery charging, USB 3.0 power supply, etc.

The SOM Summit 8M Plus is ideal for a wide range of applications, including industrial IoT rugged handheld devices, industrial IoT gateways, IoT vision solutions, and healthcare devices. It supports the latest 192-bit WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Enterprise and WPA3-Enterprise SuiteB security standards and has an upcoming FIPS 140-3 certification. It will be certified globally to reduce barriers to entry for customers. Regulatory certifications will include FCC, IC, CE, RCM, MIC, and Bluetooth SIG approvals.

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About Laird Connectivity
Laird Connectivity simplifies wireless connectivity with industry-leading customer-specific modules, antennas, IoT devices and wireless solutions. Our products are trusted by companies around the world for their performance and reliability. With world-class support and comprehensive product development services, we reduce your risk and improve your time to market. When you need unmatched wireless performance to connect your applications securely and with confidence, Laird Connectivity is there for you, no matter what.

Laird Connectivity is a Gold Member of the NXP Partner Program.

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