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Meerkat, a small, fast animal that has a variety of communication skills allowing interaction with a large group.

The Meerkat™ board, based on the NXP® i.MX7D SoC, is a member of 96Boards community and complies with all Consumer Edition board specifications. The i.MX7 is a highly integrated multi-market applications processor designed to enable secure and portable applications within the Internet of Things. The Meerkat™ features Dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 processors operating at up to 1.2GHz, Single-core ARM Cortex-M4 operating up to 200MHz, a set of peripherals allow direct interfacing and connecting to MMC/SD card, HDMI out, USB, WLAN and BLE. Two expansion connectors provide additional interfaces to cameras, USB, UARTs, I2C, SPI and GPIOs.



  • NXP® i.MX7D processor
  • Dual-core ARM® Cortex-A7 at up to 1.2GHz per core
  • Single-core ARM® Cortex-M4 at up to 200Mhz


  • 512MB DDR3L
  • 4 to 64 GB microSD

Video Out

  • Up to 1080p@30fps HD

Camera Support

  • MIPI-CSI (Mobile Industry Processor Interface - Camera Serial Interface) 2x lane


  • HDMI Audio
  • Bluetooth Audio
  • I2S 4Wire interface via expansion connector


  • WLAN 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Two USB 2.0 HOST A type
  • One USB 2.0 OTG micro AB
  • 1 USB 2.0 Host via expansion connector
  • USB 2.0 HSIC via expansion connector

I/O Interfaces

  • One 40-pin Low Speed (LS) expansion connector
    • UART x2, SPI, I2S, I2C x2, GPIO x12, DC power. (Interfaces can be configured as CAN, PWM and other peripherals based on the i.MX7D PINMUX function)1
  • One 60-pin High Speed (HS) expansion connector
    • SDHC/SDIO, MIPI DSI (two lanes), MIPI CSI (two lanes), I2C, GPIO x3, USB 2.0 HOST & USB 2.0 HSIC
  • The board can be made compatible with Arduino using an add-on mezzanine board.

External Storage

  • Micro SD card slot
  • SDHC Interface via expansion connector

User Interface

  • Power Button
  • Reset Button
  • 6 LED Indicators
    • 4 – user controllable
    • 2 – for radios (BT and WLAN activity)


  • Linux OS, terminal base (BuildRoot build)
  • Linux OS, GUI (Yocto build)

Power, Mechanical and Environmental

  • +5V to +42VDC (exceeding 96Boards specifications)
  • Dimensions: 54mm x 85mm meeting 96Boards™ Consumer Edition standard dimensions specifications
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to +70°C
  • RoHS and Reach compliant

1 outside the 96Boards specifications

Kit Contents

  • i.MX7 96Boards - Meerkat™
  • SD card with Linux image
  • Power supply
  • UART to USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Design Resources

  • Schematic
  • BOM
  • Assembly Drawings
  • Gerber Files
  • Linux Virtual Machine with all sources and tool-chain.
  • SVN server for latest code updates

Support Resources

Ordering Information

Meerkat™ can be ordered from Arrow Electronics here.

Contact Details

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