Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Advantech module targets machine vision and big data

Steve Rogerson
February 6, 2020

Taiwanese embedded computer company Advantech has released a Q Seven module for AI, machine vision and big data processing and analytics in IoT applications.
The ROM-7720 is an Arm-based module powered by the NXP Arm Cortex-A72 i.MX8 processor. It supports 4K resolution via HDMI 2.0 with H.265 and H.264 hardware accelerator engines for video decoding and additional GPU for image processing.
Using Open VX, it is suitable for AI, machine vision and big data processing and analytics applications in the IoT era.
The module uses the NXP i.MX8 Quad Max SoC, which integrates two Cortex-A72, four Cortex-A53 and two Cortex-M4F processor cores and the Vivante GC7000XS/VX graphics engine, which supports Open GL ES, Open CL and Open VL (vision) SDK for developing images, data processing and analytics applications.
Display outputs are HDMI2.0 (3840 x 2160 at 60Hz), dual 24bit LVDS for multiple displays, and two-plus-four lanes Mipi-CSI camera input.
It supports a high-resolution display and meets the camera requirements of different machine vision applications.
High-speed IO includes USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0 and Sata 3.0. It provides interfaces for extending peripheral devices, such as the SSD, 5G cellular card and FPGA IC to empower AI and machine vision development.
Advantech will support allied, industrial and modular (AIM) frameworks for Linux applications that help accelerate software development via flexible, long-term support. AIM-Linux services offer verified embedded OS platforms and industrial-focused apps and SDKs, through which users can select the embedded software tools they need to focus on their vertical software development.
Features include:

  • NXP i.MX8 QuadMax eight-Core processor (two CortexTM-A72, four Cortex-A53 and two Cortex-M4F);
  • 64bit LPDDR4 2 or 4Gbyte;
  • 4K H.265 decoder, HD H.264 encoder capability;
  • On-board QSPI flash 256Mbyte, eMMC flash 8Gbyte, boot selection from SPI, MMC and SD or Sata;
  • Three USB 3.0 with OTG, 4K HDMI, dual Mipi camera; and
  • Multi OS support in Yocto Linux and Android
The Advantech Embedded-IoT group delivers a wide range of embedded design-in services and develops a series of integrated IoT products and services to reduce uncertainty and risk for those approaching the IoT market. Products include everything from sensor nodes, to gateways, to Wise-PaaS IoT software.