Imaging kit

Embedded vision development kit 
with NXP i.MX 8M Plus and phyCAM-M camera

  • phyCORE-i.MX 8M Plus processor board
  • 2 MIPI CSI-2 inputs
  • 2 integrated image signal processors (ISP)
  • NPU Neural Processing Unit
  • Incl. Global Shutter HD color camera 
  • Ready to go: pre-installed Linux image with integrated V4L2 camera driver
  • 4x Cortex-A53 and 1x Cortex-M7 processor cores
  • Two independent phyCAM-M MIPI CSI-2 camera interfaces
  • Hardware video encoder / decoder (H.264 / H.265)
  • Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0, miniPCIe

Kit contents:

  • phyBOARD-Pollux base board
  • phyCORE-i.MX 8M Plus module
  • Camera module VM-016-COL-M-M12 
  • Lens M12 (S-Mount), f = 12 mm
  • Embedded Linux BSP
  • Pre-installed software image including camera driver
  • OpenCV, GStreamer software libraries preinstalled
  • Reference circuit diagrams / commissioning guarantee
  • Power supply unit, cables, accessories


First division embedded vision
The phyCORE‑i.MX 8M Plus Board opens up a new performance class for embedded vision applications:

  • The integrated image signal processors (ISP) process the camera image data independently of the CPU. Bayer demosaicing of high-resolution live streams is possible in real time without CPU load.
  • Two independent camera interfaces for MIPI CSI ‑ 2 camera modules of the last generation. With the standardized phyCAM ‑ M connector on the base board, different camera boards can easily be connected.
  • The 1,6 GHz Quad Cortex-A53 NXP processor with an M7 real-time coprocessor enables the construction of completely new and powerful image processing systems.
  • The advanced video encoder and decoder can also process H.265 formats in both directions.

AI edge computing
The first module with an integrated neural coprocessor accelerates the processing of AI and machine learning drastically. The NPU unit with 2,3 TOPS can speed up the processing of neural networks by a factor of 20. Even more complex tasks can be calculated on the module without having to edit the data in the cloud. The NPU is integrated in the BSP via TensorFlow Lite.

Exceptional connectivity
The phyBOARD ‑ Pollux integrates the greatest possible variety of interfaces:
In addition to the two phyCAM ‑ M interfaces, the board has, among other things, 2x USB 3.0, 2x CAN FD, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, miniPCIe, LVDS display, MIPI DSI, HDMI, audio and digital I / Os. 

Better integrated - faster in series
The kit is based on the series-compatible components phyCORE‑i.MX 8M Plus and phyCAM VM ‑ 016 ‑ M camera module. You develop with exactly the components that will later be used in your series device. This makes the transfer to series production particularly easy and safe.
Use our support, our enclosed reference circuit diagrams and our preliminary services for your designs or create your design together with us.
The Embedded Imaging Kit Pollux can also be delivered with other hardware configurations (eg with other camera modules of the phyCAM ‑ M series). Let us put together your individual kit for you.

Modules phyCORE-i.MX 8M Plus
SOM mounting Connector insertion
Processor i.MX 8M Plus Quad
Architecture ARM Cortex-A53 / Cortex-M7
Frequency 4x 1.6GHz + 800MHz
SPI NOR Flash 64 MB
Ethernet 2x 10/100/1000 Mbit / s
wireless 802.11 b / g / n (ac) 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz (via optional Wi-Fi adapter)
Bluetooth BLE 4.2
USB 2x 3.0 host
Serial 1x RS-232 / RS-485 full duplex / RS-485 half duplex
Digital I / O optionally via expansion connector
PCle 1x miniPCIe
Mass memory microSD card slot
Display LVDS (1x 4 lanes or 1x 8 lanes), MIPI DSI (1x 4 lanes), HDMI
Audio SAI via A / V connector
Bedroom 2x MIPI CSI-2 (phyCAM-M)
Expansion Bus I²C, SPI, SDIO (8-bit), UART, JTAG, USB
JTAG via expansion connector
User control elements 1x reset button, 1x on / off, 1x boot source select
bootsource eMMC, SD Card, NOR, USB Serial Download, Internal Fuses
camera model HD Color Camera module VM-016-COL-M-M12
Resolution 1280 x 800 (1 megapixels)
Color / monochrome color
Interface phyCAM-M (MIPI CSI-2)
Connector Type FFC / FPC 30 pin, 0.5 mm pitch
Image Sensor AR0144
Shutter type Global
Frame rate (full-size) 60 fps (maximum)
Lens Mount M12
Lens f = 12 mm, M12 (S-Mount)
RTC Real Time Clock (mounted on SoM) with Gold Cap Backup
Power supply 12 V - 24 V
Dimensions 160 77 mm x mm
temperature range -40 ° C to + 85 ° C
Operating system Linux
Distribution Yocto

phyBOARD Pollux Imaging Kit

KI kit BSP

Use these BSPs if you have the i.MX 8M Plus phyBOARD®-Pollux AI kit and want to use the pre-installed AI demo.

Release name Release version Release Notes BSP Manual Yocto Manual Development Env. Guide Miscellaneous

Standard NXP BSP

Use these BSPs if you are using the normal i.MX 8M Plus phyBOARD®-Pollux kit have. Only the KI demo is not preinstalled in this BSP.

Release name Release version Release Notes BSP Manual Yocto Manual Development Env. Guide Miscellaneous

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phyBOARD Pollux
Imaging kit

Item No.: KPB-03123-Video-L01

Available variants:


Sample price: Info

Our sample prices apply to the entire evaluation kit including accessories for commissioning. For example, the sample price of 64 euros for the phyBOARD-Wega AM3354 kit includes, in addition to the serial-ready SBC and a board support package adapted to the hardware, also an HDMI adapter, a power supply unit, cable and the PHYTEC QuickStart Guide.

PHYTEC sponsors these kits. This gives you the chance to get to know our SBCs and PHYTEC Support without extensive investments. You can find out to what extent our solution can be used in series for your project. And PHYTEC has the chance to convince you of our preliminary work for your project, of the manufacturing quality of the SBCs and of our software in the form of the BSP supplied.

The serial prices of the phyBOARDs are not dependent on the sample prices; the purchase quantities for the kits are limited.

295.00  plus VAT.

Usually deliverable within 1-2 days

Add-on item number Price Order
Display Kit: MIPI to LVDS adapter, 10,1 '' LVDS display with cap. TouchKPEB-AV-09-100210.00 plus VAT.

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