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Broad market launch of Variscite's i.MX 8M Plus System on Module solutions

[Tel-Aviv, Israel, January 19, 2021] Variscite is pleased to announce the broad market launch of VAR-SOM-MX8M-PLUS and DART-MX8M-PLUS with the latest i.MX 8M Plus production silicon from NXP. The general availability launch takes place following Variscite's highly successful selective launch in early 4Q2020. More than a hundred of its early access customers and partners already received the complete VAR-SOM-MX8M-PLUS and DART-MX8M-PLUS development kits for their own evaluation and end-product design. The broad market launch will offer Variscite's customers the option to select either commercial or industrial graded modules with production-ready hardware and software to facilitate their end product design and production. System on Module Features The new System on Module solutions run on a 1.8GHz (commercial grade) or 1.6GHz (Industrial grade) quad Cortex™-A53 ARM 64-bit core with 800MHz Cortex™-M7 real-time co-processor with dedicated Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI / ML) capabilities within an integrated NPU engine. The VAR-SOM-MX8M-PLUS and the DART-MX8M-PLUS also offer advanced multimedia features and extensive connectivity interfaces such as high-performance 2D/3D GPU, H.265 HD video encode/decode, up to 4K HDMI, HD LVDS, high-quality voice processing, DSI certified dual-band Wi-Fi, BT/BLE, dual USB3, dual GbE, dual CAN-FD, and PCIe. Pin2Pin Product Family Compatibility Both SoMs are compatible with Variscite's Pin2Pin product family, which allows our customers to enjoy significant long-term advantages of scalability options as well as reduced development time, costs, and risks. The VAR-SOM-MX8M-PLUS is part of the VAR-SOM Pin2Pin product family, starting from i.MX6UL/6ULL modules through i.MX 6, i.MX 8M Nano, i.MX 8M Mini, up to i.MX 8X up to i.MX 8QuadMax based modules. The DART-MX8M-PLUS is a tiny SoM measuring only 55x30mm, offering Pin2Pin compatibility with the i.MX 8M Mini and i.MX 8M based modules. VAR-DT8MCustomBoard v2.0 Variscite's broad market launch will also include an optimized version of VAR-DT8MCustomBoard v2.0, DART-MX8M-PLUS's carrier board, to provide a better evaluation and reference platform for the DART-MX8M-PLUS specific interfaces and feature-set. The VAR-DT8MCustomBoard also supports the DART-MX8M-MINI and the DART-MX8M for scalability between the different iMX 8M platforms. VAR-SOM-MX8M-PLUS and DART-MX8M-PLUS Evaluation Kits The evaluation kits of the VAR-SOM-MX8M-PLUS and DART-MX8M-PLUS include the SoM with the Symphony Board or the VAR-DT8MCustomBoard carrier board, respectively. The kit also includes an optional LVDS display with a touch panel, optional display bridges, and a new set of cameras that allow our customers to leverage the modules' advanced multimedia features. Availability and pricing: The VAR-SOM-MX8M-PLUS and the DART-MX8M-PLUS System on Modules and associated evaluation kits are available for orders in both samples and production quantities. For more information, please contact Variscite’s sales team at sales@variscite.com or https://www.variscite.com/contact-us/