Advantech i.MX 8M Plus-based AI-Native Platforms Empower the Industrial Edge

Taipei, Taiwan, July 2021 — Advantech, an early access partner with NXP, is pleased to release a series of i.MX 8M Plus-based products — the RSB-3720 2.5” Pico-ITX SBC, the EPC-R3720 compact edge AI system, and the ROM-5722 SMARC 2.1 COM. These AI-native platforms feature up to 2.3 TOPS, and empower AI and edge computing in smart vision-based edge devices that require a small footprint, low latency, high power efficiency, and advanced precision. These solutions deliver a highly integrated one-stop service with UIO40-Express, modular application-oriented I/O expansion boards, and AIM-Linux to Vision AI applications.

Superior Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine Empowers Image Processing

Advantech i.MX 8M Plus-based solutions (ROM-5722, RSB-3720, and EPC-R3720) are powered by 2 to 4 core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 processors and 1 x Cortex-M7 processor for real-time tasks. This is buttressed by two image signal processors (ISPs) and a dedicated neural network processor (NPU) at up to 2.3 TOPS. These deliver powerful image and AI inferencing capabilities while consuming less power. Such features fulfill intelligent applications like object detection, recognition, classification, and pose estimation. Advantech AIM-Linux modular Linux software services integrate ten types of application add-ons and Edge AI inference engines/libraries based on the NXP® eIQ™ toolkit. In addition, Python based demo programs empower AI inference using mainstream inference engines — including Arm® NN, TensorFlow™ Lite and ONNX. Advantech also developed factory-focused AI models that run on our EPC-R3720 Edge Vision AI system. These augment efficiencies by helping calculate operation times, monitor line productivity, and improve safety.

Flexible I/O Eases Application Deployment

Edge AI applications — including facial recognition and product assembly optimization — require premium camera inputs. These i.MX 8M Plus-based solutions provide 2 x MIPI-CSI camera inputs for connection with 2 x built-in ISPs — enabling intelligent vision-based systems. These solutions accommodate multiple displays via 4Kp30 HDMI, one dual channel LVDS (configurable as two single channel LVDS) and one 4-lane MIPI-DSI. Likewise, they provide the I/O needed for advanced network and peripheral connection connectivity (2 x GbE LANs, WLAN, and WWAN).

RSB-3720 features an UIO40-Express mechanical design for connection with application-oriented I/O expansion boards. Developers can simply select I/O extension boards for more serial ports (RS-232, RS-485), isolated DI/DOs, USB 2.0, and 4 x port GbE Ethernet hub. In addition, Advantech’s AIM-Linux includes embedded Linux BSP based on the long-term-support (LTS) version, and peripheral drivers for diverse software requirements.

Ubiquitous Deployment Delivers Adaptability and Manageability

Advantech’s RSB-3720, EPC-R3720, and ROM-5722 are adaptable to applications in diverse environments while supporting wide operating temperatures and high vibration resistance (-40 ~ 85 ºC/-40 ~ 185 ºF; 3.5Grms for board and 3.5Grms for box respectively). Advantech’s WISE-DeviceOn provides fast and simple setup for multiple IoT device solutions. It provides real-time device management, firmware over-the-air maintenance, failure analysis, and operation efficiency optimization on the same dashboard for comprehensive device control.


  • SMARC 2.1
  • Operating Temp.: 0 ~ 60 ℃ (32 ~ 140 °F)/ -40 ~ 85 ℃ (-40 ~ 185 °F)
  • 3.5G vibration tolerance
  • 3.7 W (max.)
  • Compatible with SOM-DB2510 Carrier Board

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  • 2.5” Pico-ITX
  • Operating Temp.: 0 ~ 60 ℃ (32 ~ 140 °F)/ -40 ~ 85 ℃ (-40 ~ 185 °F)
  • 3.5G vibration tolerance
  • 7.13 W (max.)M.2 (Key E) and mini PCIe
  • 2 x MIPI-CSI interfaces

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  • Edge AI System
  • Operating Temp.: -40 ~ 70 ℃ (-40 ~ 158 °F)
  • 3.0G vibration tolerance
  • 9.2 W (max.)
  • Lockable DC Jack
  • Plug-and-play COM/CAN port

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Palm-sized 2.5" Pico-ITX with UIO40-Express mechanical design for connection with application-oriented I/O expansion boards.

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Advantech’s 2.5” Pico-ITX RSB-3720 and the edge AI box EPC-R3720 are available for order now. The SMARC 2.1 module ROM-5722 sample will be available in August. Please contact an Advantech sales office or authorized channel to find out more. For more information on Advantech’s Arm computing products and services, visit