Partnerships between congatec, Freescale and Prevas creates exciting new opportunities, particularly in the Freescale i.MX6 based products.
Traditionally, the module market has been very influenced by x86-based products. With Freescale i.MX6, ARM has largely made its appearance on the scene of the Computer-On-Module (COM) market, where Freescale i.MX6 offers a CPU series with both 1, 2 and 4 cores in the chips and with the same footprint. congatec has launched a COM board with this CPU, conga-QMX6, that went into series productgion autumn of 2013.
With 1, 2 or 4 cores and a clock at 1GHz, the time of the small operating systems has passed and conga-QMX6 is almost begging to run Android, Linux or Windows Embedded on it. Most COM boards are supplied with a development BSP (Board Support Package), which you can choose to use for the start of the project, but for the matter of stability and maintenance purposes this is not recommendable for the production of final products. If you want an embedded product with a long life, that can be updated without major application code changes, you should look towards a tailored BSP.
To make it easier and faster to get started with the right BSP, Prevas developed an OE-lite Linux based BSP for conga-QMX6, containing a good starting point for further work, with a basic bootloader, new Linux kernel, X.Org and Qt included. This BSP is currently provided for Prevas customers in start-up projects on conga-QMX6, training in embedded Linux BSP development, etc.
It is expected that this basic conga-QMX6 BSP will be released early this autumn for the OE-lite Linux community on the site www.oe-lite.org. This is expected to be done when it has been used on a few projects and some operating experience has been gathered of OE-lite Linux integration on conga-QMX6.