i.MX8 M Plus - ORCA SOM


Processor: NXP i.MX8M Plus

The i.MX 8M Plus family focuses on machine learning and vision, advanced multimedia, and industrial IoT with high reliability. It is built to meet the needs of Smart Home, Building, City and Industry 4.0 applications. One of the most interesting feature is the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) which can be easily integrated thanks to DAVE Embedded Systems' Know How on Machine Learning applications

The main customization made by DAVE Embedded Systems will be:

  • Machine Learning NPU ready to use boards: DAVE Embedded Systems' team has a huge know how about ML applied to the Edge and can lead customers to the perfect configuration of such device. Please see our Machine Learning proposal
  • Design secure product using our Secure Boot integration competences and the EdgeLock SE050 chip integrated on board. This product family of Plug & Trust devices offers enhanced Common Criteria EAL 6+ based security, for unprecedented protection against the latest attack scenarios. This ready-to-use secure element for IoT devices provides a root of trust at the IC level and delivers real end-to-end security – from edge to cloud – without the need to write security code.
  • AMP (assymetric MultiProcessing definition between Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M7
  • Board optimization for Vision cameras thanks the Dual ISP camerase and the dual GbETH interfaces with TSM integration

Marketing Documentation

ORCA SOM leaflet based on NXP i.MX8M Plus

ORCA SOM block diagram based on NXP i.MX8M Plus


NXP i.MX8M Plus block diagram

Product Roadmap

Product under development. Official presentation at EW2021 1st of March 2021


Main product Features:


  • NXP i.MX8M Plus SOC (Dual/Quad Cortex-A53 + Cortex-M)
  • DDR4 SDRAM up to 8GB
  • SPI NOR Flash
  • eMMC or NAND on board: alternatively these features can be available on carrier board too
  • Neural netwrok engine
  • Video GPU


  • Dual MIPI CSI ports
  • MIPI DSI port
  • Dual LVDS ports up to 1080p output
  • 1xHDMI port


  • 2xETH Gb (1x with TSN support)
  • 2xUSB 3.0 ports
  • 1xPCIe port
  • 2xSDIO ports
  • Various UARTs, SPIs, I2C, CAN and GPIOs available according to pin muxing


  • SE050 chip integrated on board
  • Secure Boot support


  • PSU 3.3V up to 5.5A
  • voltage monitors on various rails integrated on board


  • 67.5mm DDR4 SODIMM form factor
  • mechanical holes for heatsink and retention

The evaluation kit for ORCA based on NXP i.MX8M Plus is described below:

Available features:

  • PSU via USBC Power Delivery up to 40W
  • 2xUSB-C stanard (1x with PD)
  • Micro HDMI
  • 2xGbETH (1xTSN support)
  • 2xMIPI CSI on RPi 22pin connectors (Molex 54548-2271). Available adapters to SAS connectors
  • 2xLVDS
  • 1xMIPI DSI
  • PCIe available through adapter connector
  • 1xRS485/RS232 connector
  • EXPansion  connector (SAI ports, CAN, PWM, UARTs, I2Cs)
  • Grove connector for additional adapters
  • WIFI based on Telit WE866C6
  • Crypto chip on board

Software features:

  • Linux: DAVE Embedded Systems SW development Kit DESK-MX8-L based on NXP release
  • Android: DAVE Embedded Systems SW development Kit DESK-MX8-L based on NXP release
  • Support on Neural Network engine

Hardware Maintenance - LONG TERM SUPPORT:

DAVE Embedded Systems is committed to maintain the product until the CPU is available. In case of any othe component obsolescence DAVE Embedded Systems should handle the EOL phase out through standard PCB process reguleted by JEDEC regulation)

In this particular case: https://www.nxp.com/products/product-information/product-longevity:PRDCT...

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