HummingBoard Pro Quick Start Guide

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.

Hardware Setup

Product Specifications

SOM Model

NXP i.MX6 based Solo to Quad Core SOM

Memory & Storage

Up to 2GB DDR3*


uSD, mSATA**




2xHost USB 2.0


2xHeader USB 2.0


Mini-PCIe- half size








Analog Audio


MIPI- CSI-2 Camera


Reset Button


26 pins GPIO Header





OS Support





5V, uUSB


No enclosure


Supported with i.MX6 SOM. For more detailed information about our SOM-i.MX6 series please visit this user manual : i.MX6 SOM Hardware User Manual.

Please Note

(*) 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


Block Diagram

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

Software Setup

Cable setup and prerequisites

Here is what you will need to power up the board:

  • Linux or Windows PC

  • HummingBoard Base/Pro with SOM

  • 5V mirco USB power adapter

  • USB to UART cable

  • IP router or IP switch

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-20220712-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:

  • In order to be able to log in , please insert “debian” as a username and password as follows:

Install to eMMC

  • You can follow this document Install to eMMC to install debian to an eMMC device.

More Features


  • Please check you Ethernet connection.

  • Use the following commands in order to keep your system up-to-date:

apt-get update apt-get upgrade reboot
  • For more detailed information, please refer to i.MX6 Debian .


An example for connecting to WiFi using wpa_supplicant:

1. To bring a WiFi interface up, run the following :

ifconfig wlan0 up

To discover your wireless network interface name, see Network Interfaces.

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 allow-hotplug wlan0 iface wlan0 inet dhcp wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf iface default inet dhcp EOF

4. Create a configuration file with the relevant ssid:

cat <<EOF > /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf ctrl_interface=/run/wpa_supplicant update_config=1 network={ ssid="MYSSID" psk="passphrase" } EOF

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 hciconfig -a

2. Choose a device, and turn it on:

hciconfig hci0 up

3. Set up the Bluetooth name:

hciconfig hci0 name 'SolidRun_Ble'

4. Make your Bluetooth detectable by other devices:

hciconfig hci0 piscan

5. If you want to connect to other devices:

  • Start by scanning for other Bluetooth devices:

hcitool scan
  • Choose a MAC address and connect :

rfcomm connect 0 $MAC 10 &
  • You can check the communication between the devices by writing :

l2ping -c 4 $MAC


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
  • Connect your HDMI cable and you should be able to see the following :

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 --

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






i.MX6 Debian


Yocto for i.MX6


i.MX6 Archlinux


XBian for i.MX6

Build U-Boot & Kernel from sources



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