MaaXBoard 8ULP

NXP i.MX 8ULP Starter Kit

MaaXBoard 8ULP features the NXP i.MX 8ULP processor to achieve ultra-low power, EdgeLock® secured intelligent edge applications

The i.MX 8ULP SoC device is architected with separate processing domains

  • The application domain includes two Arm® Cortex®-A35 (1 GHz) cores plus 3D/2D GPUs for GUI-enabled Linux applications.

  • The Real Time domain includes an Arm Cortex-M33 (216 MHz) core, plus Fusion DSP (200 MHz) core for low-power audio/voice use cases.

  • The LPAV domain (Low Power Audio Video) has a HiFi 4 DSP (600 MHz) core to support advanced audio, ML and sensor applications.

  • The S400 Security Enclave and Power Manager also utilize RISC-V cores.

The 8ULP processor has on-chip shared RAM (768 KB), while the board is well resourced with power-efficient 32bit wide LPDDR4X DDR (2GB), Octal PSRAM (8 MB), plus eMMC 5.1 flash (32 GB) and Octal SPI NOR flash (4 MB) memory devices.

MaaXBoard 8ULP is engineered as two PCBs, a small SOM (43mm x 36mm) connected via 2x100-pin connectors to a baseboard (BB) in compact Raspberry Pi form-factor, which supports a versatile set of I/O interfaces. These include 10/100 Ethernet (with IEE1588 support), two USB 2.0 host interfaces and a USB 2.0 device interface, MIPI DSI and CSI camera interfaces, a Pi-HAT compatible 40-pin header, MikroE Click 16-pin header plus ADC/DAC 6-pin header.

Audio applications are supported via onboard audio codec, digital microphone and stereo headphone jack I/O. Power is sourced via a USB-C connector and is managed via NXP PCA9460B PMIC on the SOM plus three additional voltage regulators.

A unique aspect of this board is it’s debug subsystem which supports remote USB access to three UARTs, 16bit I/O expander-based remote control and monitoring, plus integrated SWD/JTAG (or external header) debugger interface.

The back of the board has an M.2 module connector for easy addition of 801.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connectivity.


Target Applications
  • Edge-AI Applications
  • Machine Learning
  • Secure Entry Access-Control Systems
  • Inventory and Asset Monitoring
  • Surveillance Camera with Recognition
  • Smart Home Appliances with AI
  • Industrial Robotics
Kit Includes
  • MaaXBoard 8ULP Single Board Computer,  (fitted with 8ULP SOM)
  • Quick Start Instruction Card
Key Features
  • 2x Arm Cortex-A35 @1.0GHz
  • 1x Arm Cortex-M33 @216MHz
  • 3D/2D GPU
  • 2GB LPDDR4X, 32 GB eMMC
  • 10/100 Ethernet, M.2 socket for Wi-Fi/BT module
  • USB (2x host type-A, 1x OTG microUSB)
  • MIPI DSI display interface
  • MIPI CSI camera interface
  • Stereo Codec and 3.5mm audio jack
  • 1x MEMs PDM microphone
  • Raspberry Pi HAT compatible header
  • CIP Linux kernel with 10-year support
  • 1x User RGB LED and 3x Button Switches


Audio InterfaceStereo audio codec (Dialog DA7212) routed to audio jack, 1x MEMs PDM microphone
Bus InterfacesPi HAT 40-pin
Camera InterfaceMIPI-CSI
USB type-A
Chipset Brandi.MX
Chipset Sub Brand8ULP
Compute SandardSBC
CPU2x Arm Cortex A35
1x Arm Cortex M33
Dimensions85mm x 56mm
Display InterfacesMIPI DSI
EnvironmentAmbient Temperature
0° ... 70°C (operating), -25° … 85°C (storage) Humidity: 5 … 95% (operating, non-condensing), 5 … 95% (storage, non-condensing)
Flash32 GB eMMC
Miscellaneous40-pin Pi-HAT expansion header
10-pin JTAG/SWD debugger header
4-port USB-serial remote interface (FT4232H)
Network InterfaceRJ45 100Mbps LAN with two status LEDs
Power RequirementUSB-C power adapter, 5V 2A
8MB OctalSPI
USB2x USB 2.0 host
1x USB 2.0 debug

Order Info

Variant Reference Description EMA Link EMEA Link APAC Link
AES-MC-SBC-IMX8ULP-G MaaXBoard 8ULP - NXP i.MX 8ULP Starter Kit Click here to view product N/A N/A

PV = Preferred variant; OR = on Request (in OEM quantities only)


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