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Laird Connectivity Launches New SOM that Delivers Powerful NXP Edge Processing with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Laird Connectivity | June 30, 2022 | Read time : 5:00 min

Laird Connectivity
Laird Connectivity, a global leader in wireless technology, today announced the launch of the newest addition to their system-on-module (SOM) portfolio, the Summit SOM 8M Plus. This new SOM is a highly-integrated and comprehensive hardware and software solution that combines NXP® Semiconductors multi-core applications processing with dual-band 2x2 Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity. The Summit SOM 8M Plus is Laird Connectivity's most versatile, feature-rich, and secure SOM to date, truly perfect for serving as the core platform for advanced wireless IoT applications.

Powered by the NXP i.MX 8M Plus applications processor and the 88W8997 wireless SoC, the Summit SOM 8M Plus is an ideal solution for powerful heterogenous multiprocessing, delivering a versatile, power efficient quad Arm® Cortex®-A53 MPU and Cortex-M7. Customers can leverage hardware acceleration for machine learning with an integrated 2.3 TOPS neural processing unit, rich multimedia (graphics, video, vision, and audio) with a DSP core and GPU, advanced connectivity, and enhanced security for high performance, flexible solutions. The Summit SOM 8M Plus's exhaustive array of interfaces includes support for up to three displays and several options for video out, camera, audio, and I/O. The onboard Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M7 cores allow simultaneous Linux and RTOS execution on dedicated, firewalled subsystems, and the quad-core i.MX 8M Plus SoC is powerful enough to run multiple instances of Linux for various purposes, such as user interface, connectivity, and more.

"The i.MX 8M Plus applications processor is well-suited for industrial-grade connected systems, Customers leveraging the Summit SOM 8M Plus will be able to target a variety of applications that range from industrial HMI, machine vision, service robot and drone control, fleet analytics, building management systems, gateways, and audio/voice systems."

Justin Mortimer, global marketing manager at NXP Semiconductors

Security and longevity are core pillars of the Summit SOM 8M Plus. It is designed from the ground up with a powerful, comprehensive Summit Suite security architecture. The Summit Suite Chain of Trust secure enclave and secure boot, powered by the i.MX 8M Plus, enables root of trust hardware-based software validation and a high-performance and flexible secure storage system for passwords, certificates, and data storage, with an upcoming Summit Suite FIPS Cryptographic module (FIPS 140-3 Level 1) validation. With pin-compatible connectivity, refreshed Summit SOM 8M Plus modules will be available in the future as NXP updates their 2x2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth combo silicon to the latest standards. Additionally, the i.MX 8M Plus processor is backed by NXP's Product Longevity Program, which ensures long-term availability of 15-plus years.

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


About Laird Connectivity
Laird Connectivity simplifies wireless connectivity with market-leading RF modules, internal antennas, IoT devices, and custom wireless solutions. Our products are trusted by companies around the world for their wireless performance and reliability. With best-in-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 with security and confidence, Laird Connectivity Delivers – No Matter What.

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"Collecting, storing, and analyzing high-throughput information can help companies stay up to date on their business, customers, and assets. In the past, these capabilities required complex software and a lot of infrastructure that was expensive to buy, provision, and manage. Today, Amazon• Kinesis* makes it easy to set up high-capacity pipes that can collect and distribute data in real time, at any scale — enabling fast movement of machine data from edge to cloud for consumption by applications to make quick and decisive data-driven actions.
So, instead of locking data away in large files that are not readily accessible, companies may utilize Inter Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things (Inter Gateway Solutions for the loT) to send each event to Amazon Kinesis, making them available for real-time processing. As such, • Data can be continuously analyzed without waiting until the end of the business day • Key business metrics can be closely monitored via dynamic dashboards • Data can be securely shared with third parties for additional applications This paper explains how to stream data from an Inter processor-based loT gateway to Amazon Kinesis, and how applications can receive streaming data from Amazon Kinesis"


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