MaaXBoard Nano: A single-board computer with an NXP i.MX 8M Nano processor that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi
Avnet has unveiled a new single-board computer (SBC), and one that has clearly been influenced by the Raspberry Pi. The company has called the device the MaaXBoard Nano, probably on account of its NXP i.MX 8M Nano SoC. The latter has four ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 1.5 GHz, and a Cortex-M7F core clocked at 750 MHz, along with 2D and 3D GPUs. CNX Software notes that the SoC does not support hardware video decoding, though.
Additionally, Avnet has included 1 GB of DDR4 RAM, 16 GB of eMMC flash storage, 256 Mbit QSPI flash and a microSD card reader. Moreover, the 85 x 56 mm board has MIPI-DS and MIPI-CSI connections, a 3.5 mm jack with 4x microphones, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 5/Wi-Fi 5 connectivity via an external antenna. Furthermore, Avnet has equipped the SBC with four USB 2.0 Type-A ports and a 40-pin GPIO header for use with HATs, including those from the Raspberry Pi ecosystem.
According to the manufacturer, the MaaXBoard Nano supports Android 9.0 Pie and Linux images, or its smart IoT platform. The MaaXBoard Nano retails for US$80.95 directly, although it is out of stock at the time of writing.