PHYTEC launches the phyCORE®-i.MX7 System on Module (SOM) and phyBOARD®-i.MX7 Zeta Single Board Computer (SBC) based on NXP i.MX 7 Series Applications Processors

Seattle, WA – February 23, 2016
PHYTEC adds full-featured and flexible System on Module and Single Board Computer embedded board solutions designed for low power applications.

PHYTEC today announced the phyCORE-i.MX7 System on Module (SOM) and its phyBOARD-i.MX7 Zeta Single Board Computer (SBC) counterpart. Both products support next-generation NXP i.MX 7 single and dual-core applications processors adding a new level of security and power efficiency to PHYTEC’s line of embedded board solutions.

The i.MX 7 series applications processors from NXP operates at speeds of up to 1 GHz and is the first device on the market utilizing both the ARM® Cortex®-A7 and ARM Cortex-M4 cores. This heterogeneous multicore architecture enables a single-chip solution that can run sophisticated operating systems and provide real-time responsiveness and general-purpose programmable processing.

PHYTEC’s off-the-shelf SOM solution and production-ready Board Support Packages (BSPs) ensure maximum reduction NRE and time-to-market for OEMs developing i.MX 7-based applications. The PHYTEC phyCORE-i.MX7 SOM is a full-featured, industrial-grade, and flexible drop-in solution ideal for a wide range of embedded applications such as IoT gateways; industrial human machine interface (HMI); factory automation; machine vision; building automation; networking; medical imaging as well as portable test and measurement. Within a compact form factor, the phyCORE-i.MX7 SOM supports a scalable set of on-board memory with additional peripheral and I/O features routed to high-density connectors on the underside of the SOM PCB.

Highlights of the phyCORE-i.MX7 SOM include:

  • NXP i.MX 7Solo or i.MX 7Dual applications processor
  • Up to 2 GB DDR3
  • Up to 8 GB NAND or 128 GB eMMC (dual footprint sharing)
  • 4 kB EEPROM
  • 16 MB QSPI Flash
  • 2x USB 2.0 OTG, 1x USB 2.0 HSIC Host
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet (1x PHY on SOM)
  • PCIe
  • LCD (24-bit TTL-level)
  • MIPI CSI (2 lanes)
  • MIPI DSI (2 lanes)
  • Tamper Detection
  • Tiny 41 x 50 mm form factor
  • Linux BSP

The phyCORE-i.MX7 SOM will be available for evaluation as the phyBOARD-i.MX7 Zeta SBC. In this two-PCB system, the SOM itself serves as the CPU core of the SBC, which is formed by interfacing the SOM to a second carrier board PCB via high density connectors. The carrier board breaks out major interface signals to plug-and-play or pin-level connectors. The SBC provides an immediate platform on which customers can develop application code that can be seamlessly integrated along with the SOM into prototype, pre-production, and production systems. In addition, like the stand-alone SOM, the combination of SOM and carrier board yields a completely customizable SBC and can be designed for integration into end user applications.

Highlights of the phyBOARD-i.MX7 Zeta include:

  • 2x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 Connectors)
  • USB Host (Standard-A Connector)
  • USB-OTG (Micro-AB Connector)
  • Micro-SD Card Slot
  • RS-232 (2×5 pin-header)
  • CAN (2×5 pin-header)
  • Mini PCIe Connector
  • RTC battery backup
  • User LED
  • Touch Screen Controller
  • Audio / Video Connectors: SAI Audio (I2S and AC97), LCD parallel display (24-bit TTL-level), Touch, I2C, PWM
  • MIPI Connector: MIPI CSI, MIPI DSI, I2C
  • Expansion Connector: USB2.0 Host HSIC, 2x I2C, 5x UART, CAN, SDIO/SD/MMC, 2x eCSPI, 4x ADC inputs, 3x Tamper, 2x PWM, GPIO, 3×3 Keypad, JTAG
  • Linux BSP

Craig Day, Director of Engineering at PHYTEC commented, “The phyCORE-i.MX7 System On Module (SOM) and its phyBOARD-i.MX7 Zeta Single Board Computer (SBC) counterpart represent an important addition to the PHYTEC product line of SOMs and SBCs. PHYTEC has worked very hard at designing a small and compact System On Module and Single Board Computer while making very little compromise on peripheral/feature set availability. Combined with our production-ready Linux BSP, our customers will have an immediate solution that takes advantage of the multicore, power efficient offerings of the i.MX 7 with minimal development time to market.”

“NXP has worked closely with key board partners such as PHYTEC to develop board level solutions that utilize and showcase the capabilities of the i.MX 7 application processor,” said Robert Thompson, i.MX Chief Enablement Architect at NXP, “phyCORE®-i.MX7 System on Module (SOM) and the phyBOARD-i.MX7 Zeta Single Board Computer (SBC) provides a development kit that enables rapid prototyping into key embedded markets such as IoT gateways and factory/building automation. These markets are ideally suited to the features of the i.MX 7 and PHYTEC’s long and deep system level experience.”


Early access program sampling for the phyCORE-i.MX7 and phyBOARD-i.MX7 Zeta is planned for Q2 2016, with general availability expected in Q3 2016.


Founded in 1986, PHYTEC is a full solution provider in microprocessor-based solutions for the embedded market. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, PHYTEC remains a majority family-owned enterprise, with operational divisions in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. PHYTEC products have been deployed in thousands of systems across a wide range of industries and applications; such as control and automation, medical, test and measurement, automotive, energy, transportation, and more. PHYTEC provides a complete set of turn-key solutions from systems integration, off-the-shelf hardware, design services, and manufacturing.

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