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Get started with i.MX 8M Plus SMARC Development Platform


Remove the Development Platform from box and place above the ESD free area. Use anti-static pad/mat with proper grounding to place the Development Platform. Also make sure that, below deliverables are received without any physical damage.

Development kit contains:

  • SMARC Development Platform
  • 12V, 2A Power Supply
  • Safety guidelines
  • Wi-Fi & BT Antenna*
  • USB Debug cable
Safety Guidelines
Dev kit
i.MX8 QM/QP Power supply



12V, Power Supply

USB OTG cable
Wi-Fi BT Antenna


* Optional

Wi-Fi BT Antenna

Get to Know

i.MX 8M Plus SMARC SOM-Top
i.MX 8M Plus SMARC SOM-Bottom

i.MX 8M Plus SMARC SOM – Top 

i.MX 8M Plus SMARC SOM – Bottom 

1. SMARC Edge
3. Fan Header
4. GNSS Receiver*

5. GNSS Antenna Conn.*
6. Wi-Fi & BT Module
7. Wi-Fi & BT Antenna Conn.
8. i.MX 8M Plus SoC

9. JTAG Header*
10. Debug header*
11. Camera Conn.*
12. eMMC

i.MX 8M Plus SMARC Dev Kit detailed TOP View for QSG

iW-RainboW-G40D– Top view

1.  Power IN Jack
2. USB Debug Conn.
3. USB OTG Conn.
4. USB Type C Conn.
5. USB 3.0 Conn.
6. SMARC MXM Conn.
7. USB 2.0 Conn.
8. Ethernet Jack
9. Cap. Touch Conn.
10. MIPI DSIO Conn.
11. UART Header
12. Backlight Conn.

13. CAN0 Conn.
14. CAN1 Conn.
15. Camera Conn.
16. PCIe Selection Switch
17. OV5640 Camera Conn.
18. Reset IN Button
19. Power Button
20. PCIe x4 Conn.
21. Audio In/out Jack*
22. RS232 Conn.
23.  Nano SIM Slot
24. Recovery Button

25. Display Port*
26. Audio IN Conn.
27. Audio OUT Conn.
28. HDMI Connector
29. Carrier Exp. Conn.1
30. SOM Expansion Conn
31. Carrier Exp. Conn.2
32. Boot Mode Switch
33. Configuration Switch
34. ON/OFF Switch

i.MX 8M Plus SMARC Dev Kit detailed Bootom View for QSG

iW-RainboW-G40D– Bottom view

35. Standard SD Slot
36. M.2 PCIE Conn.

* Optional

38. LVDS0 Conn*.
39. USB Conn.
40. M.2 SATA Conn.

41. RTC Battery Holder

Boot Switch Setting

Make sure On-Board Switch (SW5) set properly as shown in below image for booting from eMMC.

Boot Switch Setting

SW5 – Boot Selection Switch

Note : Refer the Hardware User Guide for detailed information of each switch.

Boot Selection Switch for i.MX 8M Plus SMARC Development Platform

Debug Port Setting

Connect Type-A end of USB cable to PC and Micro-B end of USB cable to Development Platform’s Debug USB Micro-AB Connector (J24) as shown below.

Debug settings

Install the driver for Debug Port in Host PC/Laptop using the below link..
Setup the Debug Terminal parameters:
Baud Rate :115200, Data bits:8, Parity: None, Stop Bits :1, Flow Control: None

Powering ON

Connect the 12V power supply plug to the power connector (J26) of the Development Platform as shown below and switch ON the power supply. 
Once power is applied to the Development Platform, the power LEDs in the i.MX 8M Plus SMARC SOM and Carrier board will glow as shown in the below image.

Power on setup image for i.MX 8M Plus SMARC Development platform


  • Do not try to connect any other power supply other than supplied along with the Development Kit.
  • Do not plug or remove the i.MX 8M Plus SMARC SOM from Carrier board with live power.
  • Contact iWave if power LEDs are not glowing

Boot screen

User must go through “Software User Guide” and get familiar with software section of iW-RainboW-G40D-i.MX 8M Plus SMARC Module Development Platform.

Operating System Support

Power is applied to the Development Platform & Once the boot get success, depending upon the supported Operating systems and boot loader on particular delivery, boot messages being prompted in the terminal window as shown below. Press Enter key in terminal and done with test environment setup on particular delivery.

Command Prompt (Linux)

Command Prompt (Android)

Linux Home Screen

Android Home Screen

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