NXP™ i.MX8 ARM® Cortex™-A72/A53

The new MSC SM2S-IMX8 module offers a quantum leap in terms of computing and graphics performance. It integrates the currently most powerful i.MX8 processor family from NXP™ based on the ARM® Cortex™-A72/A53 architecture with real hardware virtualization. This enables asymmetric multiprocessing for the most demanding applications like industrial automation and visualization systems, robotics, infotainment systems and building automation.

The 64-bit i.MX8 SoC integrated on the module contains up to eight cores: two ARM Cortex-A72 cores, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores and two Cortex-M4F real-time cores in combination with high-end Vivante GC7000 multimedia 2D/3D GPU.

The module provides up to 8GB LPDDR4 SDRAM, up to 64GB eMMC Flash memory, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, PCI Express Gen.3, SATA III, USB 3.0, an on-board Wireless Module as well as an extensive set of interfaces for embedded applications. The processor module is designed for operation in the full industrial temperature range from -40°C to +85°C.

MSC SM2S-IMX8 is compliant with the new SMARC™ 2.0 standard, allowing easy integration with SMARC baseboards. For evaluation and design-in of the SM2S-IMX8 module, MSC provides a development platform and a starter kit. Support for Linux is available (Android support on request).

SMARC MSC SM2S-IMX8 embedded board

Single or Dual core ARM Cortex-A72 Application Processor

Quad core ARM Cortex-A53 Application Processor

Dual core ARM CortexTM-M4F Real Time Processor

Vivante GC7000 2D/3D Graphics Processor

4K H.265 decode, HD H.264 encode


Up to 64GB eMMC Flash

SATA-III interface (6Gbps)

Dual-channel LVDS / Dual MIPI-DSI x4 (optional)

HDMI 2.0 / DisplayPort with up to 4k (optional)

Dual Independent Display support

Dual MIPI CSI-2 Camera Interface

2x PCI Express x1 Gen. 3

2x USB 3.0 Host interface

2x USB 2.0 Host interface

1x USB 2.0 Host/Device interface

Dual Gigabit Ethernet

Wireless Module (optional)

MMC/SD/SDIO interface

2x CAN interface

2x I2S Audio Interface


SMARC 2.0 Compliant

Technical Data - MSC-SM2S-IMX

Technology ARM
FormFactor SMARC Short Size

NXP i.MX8 ARM Cortex™-A72 / A53

- i.MX 8QuadMax, 2xA72 (1.6GHz) + 4xA53 (1.2GHz)

- i.MX 8QuadPlus, 1xA72 (1.6GHz) + 4xA53 (1.2GHz)


Dual ARM Cortex-M4F Real Time Processor at 266MHz




Up to 8GB 3200MT/s LPDDR4 SDRAM, soldered


Up to 64GB eMMC Flash

QSPI NOR Flash (optional)

Storage Interfaces

1x SATA-III 6Gbps



1x USB 2.0 Host/Client, 2x USB 2.0 Host, 2x USB 3.0 Host or

1x USB 2.0 Host/Client, 1x USB 2.0 Host (optional)

Serial Interfaces

2x UART with 2-wire hand shake

2x UART w/o hand shake

Bus Interfaces

2x PCI Express x1 Gen.3 lanes

2x CAN 2.0B

2x SPI (with two chip selects)

6x I2C up to 400 Kbit/s

Display Controller

Dual GC7000Lite/XSVX 3D Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

Multicore 3D Graphics Acceleration, 128GFLOPS

Dual independent 8-Vec4 shader or combined 16-Vec4 shader

OpenGL 3.0, OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Open VG 1.1 and Vulkan support


Video Processing Unit (VPU) with hardware support for

4K H.256 decode & 1080p H.264 encoded/decode

Display Interfaces

Dual-channel LVDS interface, 18 or 24 bit (up to 1920x1080);

also usable as 2x single-channel LVDS interface (up to 1366x768) or

Dual MIPI-DSI Display Interface, 4 lanes, up to 1920x1080 @ 60fps (optional)


HDMI 2.0a interface, up to 4096x2160 @ 60fps or

DisplayPort 1.3 interface, up to 4096x2160 @ 60fps (SW selectable)

Network Interface

2x 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet


HD Wireless Module SPB209A with 802.11ac / Bluetooth 5.0, soldered (optional)

Audio Interface

2x I2S Audio

Security Device

Advanced Security, Safety, and Reliability integrated in the SOC

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 (optional)


Watchdog Timer for system reset (programmable, 1s … 600s)


Temperature compensated RTC


12x GPIO, configurable as input or output


2kbit ID EEPROM on I2C bus


2x MIPI CSI-2 camera interface (4-lane / 2 lane)

OS Support

Linux Board Support Package

Android Board Support Package (on request)

Power Requirement

Power Supply +5V +/-5%, 5V Standby

Power Consumption TBD typ. (depending on CPU and optional features)


Temperature Range:

0°C … +70°C operating commercial

-40°C … +85°C operating extended

-40°C … +85°C storage



5 … 95% (operating, non condensing)

5 … 95% (storage, non-condensing)

Dimensions 82 x 50 mm






Order Reference - MSC-SM2S-IMX

Order. Description Reference Status
76685 SMARC module based on NXP i.MX 8QuadMax processor with 2x Cortex-A72 and 4x Cortex-A53, 4GB LPDDR4, 16GB eMMC Flash, SATA, 2x GbE LAN, 2x PCIe, 2x USB3.0 Host, 2x USB2.0 Host, 1x USB2.0 Host/Device, 2x CAN, 4x UART, TPM, BT/WLAN, LVDS, HDMI/DP, MIPI CSI-2 Camera input (Engineering Sample, get in touch with your sales representative) MSC SM2S-IMX8QM-001 ES1 PCBES OR
PV = Preferred variant; OR = on Request (in OEM quantities only)


Carrier Options

Order No. Description Reference
68488 SMARC 2.0 Embedded Platform with PCI Express x4 slot, GbE, SATA, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 OTG, RS232, CAN, SPI, eSPI, SMBus, I2C and GPIO interface, LVDS/eDP, DisplayPort and HDMI display interface, regulated backlight supply, HD/I2S audio interface, MIPI CSI-2 camera interface, mini PCI Express card slot, SD card slot, fan connector, CMOS battery, Mini-ITX form factor (170 x 170 mm), ATX power connector and single 12V/24V power jack, commercial temperature range 0..+70°C MSC SM2-MB-EP1-001 PCBFTX

Other Accessories

Order No. Description Reference
68948 Debug Adapter for i.MX6-based Qseven, SMARC and nanoRISC modules, with 10-pin FFC cable to connect to COM module, adapter provides headers for JTAG connection to Lauterbach and/or Goepel debuggers MSC JTAG Adapter FFC 10-pin
40402 Debug Console (UART) Adapter for i.MX6-based Qseven and nanoRISC modules, with 8-pin FFC cable to connect COM module to 9-pin D-Sub connector MSC Debug Console Adapter

Starter Kits

Order No. Description Reference
74008 Starter Kit for MSC SM2S-IMX8M/8MINI modules. Includes MSC SM2-MB-EP1 Baseboard, Heatspreader/Heatsink, SD Card with USB Card Reader, Power Supply and suitable cable kit. The StarterKit does not include the MSC SM2S-IMX8M/8MINI module. Please order your choice of module separately. MSC SM2-SK-IMX8-EP1-KIT001 SETPAC
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