Powerful SoM for Multimedia Applications

Being the second member of the "M" System On Module family the M53 offers the powerful CortexA8 CPU i.MX53 . The i.MX53 family of processors represents Freescale's next generation of advanced multimedia and power-efficient implementation of the ARM Cortex™-A8 core with core processing speeds up to 1.2 GHz. It is optimized for both performance and power to meet the demands of high-end, advanced applications. Ideal for a broad range of applications in the consumer, automotive, medical and industrial markets, the i.MX53 includes an integrated display controller, full HD capability, enhanced graphics and connectivity features.


 M53 feature set

  • i.MX535, up to 1.2 GHz
  • i.MX537, up to 800 MHz
  • 512MB to 2048MB DDR3 RAM
  • 256 MB NAND Flash
  • size only 70 x 40mm
  • 230 Pins edge connector
  • Vector floating point coprocessor
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 OTG with PHY
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Host with PHY
  • Integrated LVDS display interface supporting up to 2 channels each with 4 data pairs and 1 clock pair
    • Independent OpenGL® ES 2.0 and OpenVG™ 1.1 hardware accelerators
    • Multi-format HD 1080p video decoder and HD 720p video encoder hardware engine
    • Dual display capable with multiple display options including TFT LCD, LVDS, analog TV-formats (composite, component, RGB) and standard VGA
    • Hardware accelerated image post-processing, display quality enhancement, and video and graphics combining
    • Two simultaneous camera inputs with hardware pre-processing
  • SDIO
  • SPI
  • I2C
  • UART
  • I2S and S/PDIF audio interfaces
  • 10/100 Ethernet controller
  • SATA



Available Root File Systems


Image Name



A small image just capable of allowing a device to boot.


Same as "minimal", but with added support for Xenomai.


A "minimal" image that also has support for the Minimal MTD Utilities, which let the user interact with the MTD subsystem in the kernel to perform operations on flash devices.


A "minimal" image suitable for development work.


A console-only image that fully supports the target device hardware.


A foundational basic image without support for X that can be reasonably used for customization.


An image with support for the Open GL-based toolkit Clutter, which enables development of rich and animated graphical user interfaces.


A "basic" image suitable for implementations that conform to Linux Standard Base (LSB).


A "lsb" image that is suitable for development work.


A "lsb" image that includes everything in meta-toolchain but also includes development headers and libraries to form a complete standalone SDK.


A Qt Embedded based image that also includes development headers and libraries to form a complete standalone SDK.


Same as "qte-sdk", but with added support for Xenomai.


An image with Sato support, a mobile environment and visual style that works well with mobile devices. The image supports X11 with a Sato theme and Pimlico applications and also contains terminal, editor, and file manager.


A "sato" image suitable for development that also includes a native toolchain and libraries needed to build applications on the device itself. The image also includes testing and profiling tools as well as debug symbols.


A "sato" image that also includes development headers and libraries to form a complete standalone SDK.


An X11 image with simple applications such as terminal, editor, and file manager.



MXM Connector

M53 is based on the popular MXM connector which is also used in a large number of "X86" embedded SOMs based on the QSeven Specification. Being a small sized and highly integrated System On Module that can be used in a design application much like an integrated circuit component it uses a 230 pin MXM2 SMT edge connector to connect all power and signal lanes to the carrier board. This connector is available from multiple vendors at different heights (5.5 mm and 7.8 mm).

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