i.MX 8 System on Module for Streaming Media Applications

iWave Systems
3 min readSep 13, 2023


i.MX 8QuadMax/QuadPlus SoM for Audio & Video Products

i.MX 8 family of applications processors

The i.MX 8 family applications processor supports advanced media processing, secure domain partitioning, and vision processing, making it ideal for applications such as automotive infotainment, advanced industrial HMI & control, home automation, and many more.

Advantages of i.MX 8QuadMax/QuadPlus SoM

Advantages of i.MX 8 series include –

Easily combine multiple systems into one

  • Build diverse platforms with multiple operating systems on a single i.MX 8 processor
  • Create independent GPU displays and functionalities by partitioning the resources
  • Implement end-to-end security solutions

Multi-display & multi-domain functionality

  • Develop up to 4x 1080p screen with independent content
  • Dual-core Cortex-M4F for offloading real-time tasks

Highly scalable platform to enable seamless machine interfaces

  • Multi-domain voice recognition and audio processing
  • Build advanced vision-based HMI systems

Build multimedia platforms with i.MX 8QuadMax/QuadPlus System on Modules

As processing capabilities increase, so do the complexity and scope of developing embedded systems.

iWave introduces i.MX 8QuadMax/QuadPlus System on Module offloading several complexities involved in the design cycle. The SoM combines high-performance computing with industry-leading video and audio capabilities.

Key features include:

High-performance computing at low power

  • Single, dual, or quad-core Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 1.2GHz
  • Dual Cortex-A72 core up to 1.6GHz
  • Heterogeneous multicore processing with Cortex-M4F running at up to 264 MHZ for advanced system control

World-class multimedia performance

  • Up to 4Kp60 H.265 video decoding
  • Up to 4Kp30 H.264 decode capable VPU
  • 1080p30 H.264 encode capable VPU
  • High-performance 3D graphics processing unit
  • Enhanced Vision Capabilities (via GP)
  • Highest levels of pro audio fidelity using SAI/I2S — Audio Interface

Support for high-speed interfaces

  • Gigabit Ethernet, USB3.0, SATA3.0, and multiple GPIO interfaces
  • High-speed PCIe v3.0 interface support
  • Display — HDMI2.0 (up to 4K), LVDS, MIPI-DSI (up to 4 Lanes) (720p @60fps)
  • Enabling vision using 2 x MIPI-CSI (up to 4 Lanes)
  • Support 1080p30, 720p60, VGA at 60 fps

Enable sophisticated security features

  • Secure Boot, Secure storage, Wi-Fi Security, and OPTEE

Extensive BSP support

  • Linux 5.10.52
  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
  • Android Pie 11.0.0
  • QNX 7.0.0 (or higher)
Table 1.0: Differentiating features of i.MX 8 System on Module

Wireless connectivity with iWave i.MX 8 SoM

Adding to its exceptional capabilities to support multimedia platforms, the i.MX 8 SoM comes integrated with u-Blox JODY-W3 making it compatible to support Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.1.

Each Wi-Fi 6 access point covers a larger area and can support more devices simultaneously. Wi-Fi 6 also provides a significant speed boost, as well as 50% increase in battery life, a 4x increase in network capacity, and a 2x increase in bandwidth over previous generations of Wi-Fi.

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