Revision and Notes
The following quick start guide provides background information about the HummingBoard Gate product which use the i.MX6 System on module.
The guide will give a technical overview about the product and by the end of it you should be able to boot an operating system and begin testing your application.
NXP i.MX6 based Solo to Quad Core SOM
Memory & Storage
Up to 2GB DDR3*
Mini-PCIe with SIM card holder
MIPI-CSI-2 and MIPI-DSI
36 pins GPIO Header
RTC with Battery
mikroBUS click interface
7V-36V, 5.5mm in (Twist and Lock mechanism)
Optional metal enclosure
The following figure describes the HummingBoard Gate Block Diagram.
Visual features overview
Please see below the features overview of the connector side of the HummingBoard Gate.
HummingBoard Gate Top View
Print side connector overview of the HummingBoard Gate.
HummingBoard Gate Bottom View
Cable setup and prerequisites
Here is what you will need to power up the board:
Linux or Windows PC
HummingBoard Gate with SOM
12V Power adapter (HummingBoard Gate has wide range input of 9V-36V, it is recommended to use 12V power adapter)
USB to UART cable
IP router or IP switch
Booting form an SD card
On the HummingBoard Gate it is possible to boot from different media.
For Booting from an SD card, jumpers need to be setup at J5005 as follows:
Once you setup the jumpers, you can apply the following for booting from an SD card.
1. Downloading the Debian image
Download the Debian image by running the following command on your Linux/Windows PC:
2. Writing the image to the SD card
Use the following commands for writing the image to an SD card:
xz -dc sr-imx6-debian-bullseye-20210904-cli-sdhc.img.xz | dd of=/dev/sdX bs=4M conv=fsync
Note: Plug a micro SD into your Linux PC, the following assumes that the micro SD is added as /dev/sdX and all it’s partitions are unmounted.
3. SD card insertion
Please Insert the SD card into your device.
4. Power connection
Connect your power adaptor to the DC jack, and then connect the adaptor to mains supply.
5. Serial Connection
Please connect the UART cable to the pins on connector J25 as shown in the below picture, then you can refer to Serial Connection for installing necessary serial connection software in Linux/Windows.
Once you installed the necessary serial connection software, you should be able to see the following:
Install to eMMC
An example for connecting to WiFi using wpa_supplicant:
1. To bring a WiFi interface up, run the following :
2. Install the wpa_supplicant package:
apt-get install wpasupplicant
3. Edit network interfaces file :
At the bottom of the file, add the following lines to allow wlan as a network connection:
cat <<EOF > /etc/network/interfaces.d/wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
iface default inet dhcp
4. Create a configuration file with the relevant ssid:
cat <<EOF > /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
Check your personal ssids by running : ‘iw dev wlan0 scan’
5. Make sure it works:
Restart your device and it should connect to the wireless network. If it doesn't, repeat above steps or get help from an adult.
1. For showing all Bluetooth devices, run the following:
apt-get install bluez
2. Choose a device, and turn it on:
3. Set up the Bluetooth name:
hciconfig hci0 name 'SolidRun_Ble'
4. Make your Bluetooth detectable by other devices:
5. If you want to connect to other devices:
rfcomm connect 0 $MAC 10 &
The cellular modem is a more fully featured extension of which contains a cellular module with additional hardware interfaces and a SIM card slot.
You can connect your cellular modem to the mPCIe, and insert a SIM card.
GPIO pins Control
In order to be able to control the GPIO pins, please refer to HummingBoard Edge/Gate/CBi GPIO Pins Control .
For standard use of mikroBUS please refer to i.MX6 mikroBUS .
External use of mikroBUS:
Install GUI Support
Note that HDMI doesn’t display anything by default.
1. Install weston :
sudo apt install weston
By default one application is available, the terminal emulator, at the upper left corner.
2. Start weston FROM A PHYSICAL TERMINAL (from the above terminal, not remote or serial session):
weston-launch -- --backend=drm-backend.so
Make sure to run the above without sudo.
This will bring up the following:
For more applications, you can refer to GUI Support to install X11, OpenGL-ES, GStreamer, or you can follow this page Gnome for installing Gnome desktop.
List Of Supported OS
Build U-Boot & Kernel from sources