[How-to Article] Start Using Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Using the Advantech ROM-5722 β€” An Arm-based SMARC 2.1 Computer-on-Module with NXP i.MX 8M Plus

1. Introduction
Advantech has placed board support packages (BSP) on ROM-5722 with i.MX 8M Plus series application processor platforms to support Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. This highly-optimized Windows 10 IoT BSP will make GPU support available for the i.MX 8M Plus following release. This GPU driver supports the Verisilicon GC7000 UltraLite GPU integrated onboard i.MX 8M Plus SoCs. This will help leverage powerful graphics capabilities of DirectX.

This how-to article describes the process of building and installing Windows 10 IoT BSP on the Advantech ROM-5722. Check our release notes for full reviews on the capabilities of Windows 10 on Arm of the i.MX 8M Plus application processor.

2. Prerequisites

Necessary Hardware:

  • ROM-5722 – a SMARC 2.1 Computer-on-Module (COM) with NXP i.MX 8M Plus SOC
  • SOM-DB2510 – an evaluation carrier board designed for the Advantech SMARC 2.1 modules
  • 1 x 8GB SD card for flashing the OS installer
  • 1 x micro USB cable for flashing boot loader
  • 1 x power adapter (input: 100 ~ 240V AC 50/60Hz; output: DC 12V 3A; Advan-tech P/N: 96PSA-A36W12R1-3)
  • 1 x MIPI to LVDS connector cable; Advantech P/N: XXXXXX
  • 1 x MIPI CSI to HDMI board-(ROM-EG56); Advantech P/N:19A6EG5600-01
  • 1 x LVDS to MIPI CSI cable; Advantech P/N: 1700030769-01
    [Note] Native HDMI will not work. It will be added to the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise BSP by NXP soon.

Necessary Software:

  • Win32 Disk Imager
    Please follow the link below to download an executable file.

    Download Win32 Disk Imager

  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Image package

    Please contact us for the download link.

3. Install Windows 10 IoT Enterprise on ROM-5722

  • 3-1.Extract the zip file (file name: 20220823.7z) of the image package you downloaded.

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  • 3-2. Extract the zip file (ROM5722A1AIM20WIV0001.zip) in the folder and flash firmware into eMMC.

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

    A. For the Linux operating system:

    $ sudo dd if=X22-81267_Win10IoT_Ent_SAC_21H2_os_installer_EVK_iMX8MP_6GB.img of=/dev/sdX bs=1M conv=fsync

    B. For the Windows operating system:

    Use win32DiskImager to prepare the 1 x 8GB Micro SD card for flashing OS installer on to the windows system.

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    Start the OS installer process.

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    Finish the OS installer process and close the Win32 Disk Imager tool.

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  • 3-4. Flash firmware image into the same Micro SD card

    A. Open the β€œCMD” in the Windows operating system, then enter the β€œROM5722AIM20WIV0001” folder.

    B. Next, flash the firmware image onto a Micro SD card by command. Please check your micro SD card symbol.

    For example: Micro SD card is β€œf:” in your windows system.

    Command:

    flash_bootloader.cmd /device ROM5722_iMX8MP_6GB /target_drive f:

  • 3-5. Flash Windows IoT to eMMC

    A. Set up the jumper on the ROM-DB2510 evaluation carrier board to EMMC boot (OFF -ON-ON- OFF-OFF-OFF).

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    B. Connect with MIPI to the HDMI cable on the device.

    C.Insert a Micro SD card and power the device on. The system will first start a PE environment for installation.

    D.The system will reboot again and turn the power off. After that, please remove the SD card.

    E. Plug the SD card into windows system again and modify the EFI folder name to _efi.

    1. Rename the β€œEFI” folder to β€œ_efi”

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    F. Plug the SD card into the carrier board SOM-DB2510 again, then turn the power on.

    G. The system will reboot again and enter the setup process.

    H. Connect USB mouse and USB Keyboard with SOM-DB2510.

    A Windows 10 IoT enterprise desktop will appear on the screen after the settings are complete.

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[Notice]

A. Do not remove the SD card
The SD card shouldn’t be removed when Window 10 IoT enterprise is loading as there is no OTG port on the ROM-5722 to flash load it onto the eMMC.

B. Reset and return the SD card to its initial status before flashing it on another device.
The SD card should be reset back to the initial status if the SD card has been used as an OS installer for a previous, different device. Please follow the steps below to initialize the SD card:

  1. Rename the β€œ_efi” folder to β€œEFI”

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  2. Change partition id. using a Windows command line

     C:\Windows\system32> diskpart
     DISKPART> list disk
     Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
     --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
     Disk 0    Online          465 GB  1024 KB        *
     Disk 1    No Media           0 B      0 B
     Disk 2    Online           14 GB      0 B        *
     
     DISKPART> sel disk 2
    
     Disk 2 is now the selected disk.
    
     DISKPART> list partition
    
     Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
     -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
     Partition 1    Unknown             32 MB  1024 KB
     Partition 2    Primary             29 GB    33 MB
    
     DISKPART> sel partition 1
     Partition 1 is now the selected partition.
     DISKPART> set id="c12a7328-f81f-11d2-ba4b-00a0c93ec93b"
     DiskPart successfully set the partition ID.
     DISKPART> exit
    

4. Conclusion

The Advantech ROM-5722 with NXP i.MX 8M platform is now powered by Windows IoT Enterprise for Arm 64. This unlocks huge potential by bringing the support and manageability of Windows to a previously unattainable class of devices. Likewise, the small footprint of ROM-5722 results in powerful, reduced cost solution capable of running PC apps with state-of-the-art graphics, opening the door to a new range of applications. We are excited to see how our customers leverage Windows10 IoT Enterprise on Advantech solutions powered by NXP i.MX 8M Plus platform. Get started with your new design today!

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