Revision and Notes
The following quick start guide provides background information about the HummingBoard Pro 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*
2xHost USB 2.0
2xHeader USB 2.0
Mini-PCIe- half size
MIPI- CSI-2 Camera
26 pins GPIO Header
(*) RAM type and speed dependent on SOM
(**) Supported with SOM i.MX6 Dual and above
(***) 1000 Mbps link is limited to 470Mbps actual bandwidth due to internal chip buses
The following figure describes the Hummingboard Pro Block Diagram.
Visual features overview
Please see below the features overview of the connector side of the HummingBoard Pro.
HummingBoard Pro Top View
Print side connector overview of the HummingBoard Pro
HummingBoard Pro Bottom View
Cable setup and prerequisites
Here is what you will need to power up the board:
Booting form 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 your device pins, 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 &
GPIO pins Control
In order to be able to control the GPIO pins, please refer to HummingBoard Pro/Base GPIOs .
Serial UART port access
The UART port for debug can be accessed on the 26 pin header as follows –
Pin 6/9/14/20/25 GND
Pin 1 3.3V
Pin 8 buffered i.MX6 UART TX – pulled up to 3.3v
Pin 10 buffered i.MX6 UART RX – pulled up to 3.3v
Notice that the pin number starts as pin #1 on the edge of the board, then number #2 is the one towards the corner of the board.
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