Toradex Unveils i.MX95 Verdin EVK for Advanced Edge AI Applications

Toradex has introduced the i.MX95 Verdin Evaluation Kit (EVK), is designed to empower developers in creating advanced Edge AI applications. This Development kit serves as a comprehensive platform that facilitates the development process, allowing developers to seamlessly transition from initial proof-of-concept to large-scale production.

Toradex Unveils i.MX95 Verdin EVK for Advanced Edge AI Applications

The i.MX95 Verdin EVK is particularly well-suited for a broad spectrum of industries, including industrial & robotics, healthcare, transportation and automotive, smart city, and renewable energy. It is carefully engineered to meet the evolving needs of these industries, addressing aspects such as functional safety, security compliance, edge AI integration, real-time processing capabilities, and power efficiency.

By providing a robust and adaptable solution, Toradex aims to support developers in efficiently implementing machine vision and other advanced edge applications, enabling them to harness the potential of the i.MX95 Verdin EVK across various sectors.

The i.MX95 verdin is powered by NXP® i.MX 95 CPU includes a multi-core application section with a maximum of six Arm Cortex-A55 cores. It also has a separate safety domain that incorporates high-performance Arm Cortex-M7 and Cortex-M33 CPUs, providing a blend of low-power, real-time, and high-performance processing capabilities.

The i.MX 95 Verdin Evaluation Kit (EVK) is equipped with LPDDR5 RAM, offering high bandwidth suitable for demanding applications in computing, graphics, and machine learning. Its robust GPU, supporting OpenCL 3.0, provides extra processing power for tasks like machine learning and other computational workloads.

The Toradex i.MX 95 Verdin EVK offers advanced connectivity for Edge Platforms in Industry 4.0, automotive connectivity domain controllers, and IoT smart city gateways. It features integrated 10-gigabit Ethernet along with two 1-gigabit Ethernet ports, equipped with TSN and IEEE 1588 capabilities.

The Verdin EVK also includes high-speed Wi-Fi with IEEE 802.11 2X2 MU-MIMO ac/a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 5. Additionally, it supports M.2, mPCIe, and USB 3.0 interfaces, allowing for easy expansion with satellite radio, 5G, or more powerful NPUs for machine learning applications.

The i.MX 95 features an integrated eIQ® Neutron NPU, enabling advanced Computer Vision capabilities with multiple cameras. Its Applications Processors’ Image Signal Processor (ISP) supports HDR, advanced de-noising, and edge enhancement, accommodating various camera sensors such as color, monochrome, and RGB-IR.

The award-winning eIQ® machine learning software development environment facilitates application development by supporting TensorFlow, PyTorch, and ONNIX. Toradex’s Partner Ecosystem enhances the integration of camera sensors, providing a comprehensive solution for diverse imaging needs.

The Arm® Mali GPU in the i.MX 95 Verdin EVK is compatible with OpenGL® ES 3.2 and Vulkan® 1.2, providing robust support for high-resolution graphics and compute acceleration through OpenCL 3.0.

The dedicated 2D GPU operates in the real-time domain, facilitating graphic overlays for crucial information in safety and real-time applications. Additionally, the Display controller allows simultaneous support for multiple independent display output streams, including HDMI, MIPI-DSI, MIPI-CSI, and LVDS Displays on the i.MX 95 Verdin EVK.

Apart from the powerful six-core Arm Cortex™-A55, the Verdin EVK also has the microcontroller features 1x Arm Cortex™-M7 and 1x Arm Cortex™-M33. The CPU operates at a clock speed of 2.0 GHz for the A55 cores, 800 MHz for the M7, and 333 MHz for the M33. Supporting the processing capabilities, the system boasts a 32KB L1 instruction cache, a 32KB L1 data cache, a 64KB L2 cache, and a 512KB L3 cache.

Concerning memory, the system offers up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM with a 32-bit configuration and up to 128GB of eMMC flash storage.

For connectivity, various options are available, including 1x USB 3.0 DR on USB-C, 2x USB 2.0 Host on USB-A, 1x 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 2x Gigabit Ethernet with Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN), IEEE 802.11 2X2 MU-MIMO ac/a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, 1x mPCIe PCIe, 4x I2C, 1x OSPI flash for fast boot use cases, 1x UART via FTDI on a USB-C connector, 8x analog inputs, 1x 4 Bit SDIO/SD/MMC (microSD), 2x CAN (CAN-FD with Signal Improvement Capability), and 1x JTAG.

In the multimedia application, the system is equipped with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) with 2 TOPS and 750 inf/sec, an Image Signal Processor (ISP), and a Graphics Controller featuring a 3D & 2D GPU: Arm Mali-G310 V2 with 2D/3D acceleration. Other multimedia features include a Quad Lane MIPI DSI, a Dual Channel LVDS, an SAI with Audio Codec supporting Line in/HP out/MIC, and 2x Quad Lane MIPI CSI-2 for camera serial interfaces.

Physically, the SoM size is 69.60mm x 47.00mm, and a Carrier Board Size of 194.5mm x 129.5mm. The temperature range for operation is specified as -25°C to 85°C (to be confirmed).
Toradex collaborates closely with NXP to deliver robust software support, facilitating swift and efficient product development and maintenance. This collaboration encompasses comprehensive developer documentation, localized support, and seamless integration with various software providers specializing in graphical user interfaces (GUIs), artificial intelligence (AI), and connectivity solutions.

As per the latest update, Toradex i.MX95 Verdin EVK is currently in the development phase and soon will be available in market.

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