Avnet Unveils MaaXBoard for AI at the
November 12, 2019
is providing customers with the ability to focus more on the software
side of their development by launching MaaXBoard, a low-cost,
production-ready qualified single board computer. Based on the NXP i.MX
8M applications processor, MaaXBoard is ideal for embedded computing and
applications that leverage AI at the edge. It supports design engineers
and end-users seeking to create industrial automation, multimedia, AI
and IoT applications with reduced cost and time-to-market.
With this new single board computer, Avnet is further enabling
developers who are seeking new, flexible and cost-effective means to
design and test concepts. As a production-ready qualified unit, the
MaaXBoard can become part of an embedded hardware system, providing
customers the ability to focus more on the software side of their
development. The MaaXBoard forms part of Avnet’s end-to-end product
development ecosystem, helping to bring projects from idea to design,
and design to production.
“Developers are looking for the right combination of feature sets,
efficiency and cost-effectiveness,” said Jim Beneke, vice president of
products and emerging technologies, Avnet. “This new single-board
computer gives our customers an ideal balance of these qualities to
accelerate their applications for embedded computing and AI at the edge.
It’s the latest addition to our complete end-to-end product ecosystem
for our customers to develop their devices for scale.”
MaaXBoard uses NXP’s i.MX 8M family of applications processors, which
are based on the Arm® Cortex®-A53 and Cortex-M4 cores, providing
industry-leading audio, voice and video processing for applications that
scale from consumer home audio to industrial building automation and
The MaaXBoard has a range of capabilities making it ideal to investigate
AI, IoT and multimedia applications, offering designers everything they
need to support and create a Linux, Android, Windows 10 IoT Core or
other OS-based system. The platform’s on-board peripherals include 2GB
of DDR4 memory, a Gigabit Ethernet port, dual USB 3.0 host ports, HDMI
output, MIPI-DSI, MPI-CSI, WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy, MicroSD card slot
and eMMC storage.
Avnet is shipping the MaaXBoard kit with a passive heatsink and a Quick
Start guide to speed developers with their hardware or software
development project. Android 9.0 and Yocto images are also available for
The complete MaaXBoard kit is available for pre-orders at $79.95, and
will ship in December 2019.