[How-to Article] Get Started with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Using ROM-5720, an Arm-based Computer-on-Module

1. Introduction

A report from Arm and Microsoft, which surveyed developer attitudes about Windows on Arm, indicates that 81% of developers expect the Windows on Arm (WoA) market to grow in the next five years. Analogously, Advantech seeks to deliver the enormous potential of WoA to our customers. Accordingly, the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC on NXP i.MX 8M is now available on Advantech’s ROM-5720 (click to find software release notes).

This article describes the collaboration between Microsoft, NXP, and Advantech; and their efforts to make installing Windows 10 on Arm as streamlined as possible.

2. Prerequisites

Hardware:

  • ROM-5720 – a SMARC 2.1 Computer-on-Module (COM) with NXP i.MX8M SOC

  • ROM-DB5901– an evaluation carrier board designed for the Advantech SMARC 2.1 module

  • One 8GB SD card – for flashing the OS installer

  • One micro USB cable for flashing boot loader

  • One power adapter (input: 100 ~ 240V AC 50/60Hz; output: DC 12V 3A; Advantech P/N: 96PSA-A36W12R1-3)

Software:

  • Win32 Disk Imager

    Please click the link below to download the executable file.

    Download Win32 Disk Imager

  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Image package

    Please contact us to get the download link.

3. Install Windows 10 IoT Enterprise on ROM-5720

  • 3-1.Extract the zip file (file name: 20220531.zip) of the image package you downloaded.

    20220531_zip

  • 3-2. Extract the zip file (firmware_20220531.7z) in the folder 20220531 and flash firmware into eMMC.

    20220531_extract_zip

    20220531_extract_file

  • 3-3. Prepare 8GB SD card for flashing OS installer in Linux operating system and Windows operating system.

    A.In Linux operating system:

       $ sudo dd if=X22-81267_Win10IoT_Ent_SAC_21H2_os_installer_w100_20220531.img 
          of=/dev/sdX bs=1M conv=fsync 
    

    B.In Windows operating system:
    Use win32DiskImager to prepare 8GB card for flashing OS installer in windows system.

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    Start the writing flashing OS installer process.

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    Finish the writing flashing OS installer process and then close the win32DiskImager tool.

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  • 3-4. Flash boot loader to eMMC

    A. Set up the jumper on the development board ROM-DB5901 for SD boot. (OFF-OFF-OFF-ON-OFF-OFF)

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    B.Use the Micro USB cable to connect with OTG port, then turn on the power.

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    C. Open the “CMD” in Windows operating system, then enter into the “firmware_20220531” folder.
    and type the command to flash firmware
    command :

    flash_bootloader.cmd /device ROM5720_iMX8M_2GB

D. Power off the device after typing any key to leave the flash process. The process of flashing boot loader is completed after this.

4. Conclusion

The ROM-5720 with NXP i.MX 8M platform is now powered by Windows IoT Enterprise. Windows IoT enterprise brings full Windows application compatibility to IoT. ROM-5720’s small footprint results in a lower cost and power solution that does not compromise Windows application compatibility or graphics capabilities when building new, compact, and fan-less Windows IoT device form factors. Without such features, doing so was impossible when used in HMI automation and kiosk applications. We are excited to see what you can build using our ROM-5720 with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. We hope you get started with your new design today!

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