Open-source project teaches design of ARM boards

A Linux programmer from the Slovak Republic has created an open-source project to help engineers and students to learn about advanced hardware design and how to port Linux to your own ARM board.

iMX6 Rex Module in baseboard

iMX6 Rex Module in baseboard

It is the idea of Robert Feranec at the Fedevel Academy and colleague Martin Murin who has created the iMX6 Rex module based on a Freescale i.MX6 1.2GHz quad-core processor.

All the files – schematic, PCB and full manufacturing documentation are free to download.

Feranec also told Electronics Weekly that a Cambridge-based open-source initiative called Mosaic3DX is porting a 3D game engine to the open-source iMX6 board.

“I am hoping that we can promote this combination of open hardware and open software to a wide range of technical audience in the UK, in Europe, and the rest of the world; specially those who are interested in applications which require 3D graphics,” said Ramin Zaghi, founder and co-organiser, Cambridge Game Creators Network, which is behind the Mosaic3DX event.

The iMX6 Rex Module is also used by Feranec for teaching about Schematic Design and Advanced PCB Layout at Fedevel Academy.

“It is completely free for personal use. If you like this module and you are interested to use it for commercial use, please contact us,” said Feranec. “There is a pretty high chance, that we will agree on a free license for your commercial project or a small fee $7 may apply.”

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