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Get Started with i.MX8 QP/QM 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*
  • Fan
  • USB Debug cable
Safety Guidelines
SMARC Development Platform
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 8QM SMARC top and Bottom 1

i.MX8 QP/QM SMARC SOM – Top view

i.MX8 QP/QM SMARC SOM – Bottom view

1. SMARC Edge
2. Fan Header
3. Wi-Fi & BT Module

4. i.MX8 QM CPU
6. eMMC

7. Expansion Connector

iW-RainboW-G27D– 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

iW-RainboW-G27D– 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) is set properly as shown below image..

Boot Switch Setting 1

SW5 – Boot Selection Switch

Table 1: Boot Media Switch Settings


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.


Use one of the terminal application depending on the operating system of the host machine:

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 SMARC SOM and carrier board will glow as shown in i.MX 8 QM/QP the below image.



  • Do not try to connect any other power supply other than supplied along with the Development Kit
  • Do not plug or remove the SMARC SOM from carrier board i.MX 8 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-G27D-i.MX 8 QM/QP SMARC SOM 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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