RidgeRun Professional Linux SDK for Freescale/NXP i.MX6 Variscite SOM


RidgeRun Professional Linux SDK for Freescale/NXP i.MX6

RidgeRun Professional SDK, its the supported version of RidgeRun SDK intended for commercial product development.

Main features of the SDK are:

  • For SoCs with A/V hardware accelerators, professional SDK includes GStreamer framework. Also includes RidgeRun's valued-add GStreamer Daemon.

  • Includes profiling and debugging tools for Linux.

  • Includes graphics toolkits (Like DirectFB, GTK+, QT, Clutter) if they make sense for your platform. RidgeRun provides support for choosing the right technology for your needs.

  • Includes many open source packages already integrated with the SDK.

  • SDK delivered a shared git repository.

  • Depending on the processor, other features have been integrated such as boot from SD card, UBIFS with simplified manufacturing NAND pre-programming support, CMOS sensor support, programming NAND using an SD card, and WiFi support

The Professional SDK is licensed under RidgeRun Software License Agreement. Still, the SDK is mainly composed of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) packages, so the license for those packages is governed the applicable FOSS license.


RidgeRun also offers custom engineering services. These hours are purchased separately from the SDK. The custom engineering hours can be used for phone, email, chat, webex support, or services like driver development, application development, custom board porting and bring-up, etc.


The VAR-SOM-MX6 is a high-performance System-on-Module using the Freescale iMX6Quad core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. It provides an ideal building block that easily integrates rich multimedia features, powerful graphics, and video capabilities, as well as high processing power.


Some of the highlights include:

  • Freescale iMX6 series SoC Quad ARM Cortex-A9 Core 1.2GHz.

  • Up to 16Gb DDR3 RAM.

  • 8Gb NAND Flash for storage memory/boot.

  • 2 LVDS display interface.

  • HDMI V1.4 interface.

  • 1 MIPI DSI.

  • Touch panel interface.

  • Parallel & serial camera interface.

  • On-board 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet PHY.

  • WLAN (802.11 b/g/n) /BT.

  • 1 USB 2.0 host, 1 OTG.

  • 2 SD/MMC.

  • Serial interfaces (SPI, I2C, UART, I2S).

  • CAN Bus.

  • Stereo line-in/out.

  • Digital microphone.

  • Single 3.3V power supply.

  • 67mm x 51mm, 200 pin SO-DIMM Connector.

Features Supported by the SDK:

  • Gstreamer-1.x

  • Freescale gst-plugins

  • Hardware based audio and video codecs.

  • Hardware graphics acceleration

  • Hardware floating point support.

  • SD and NFS file system support.

  • Boot from NAND and SD with an easy installation.

  • Start kernel via TFTP option.

    Linux SDK for Freescale/NXP i.MX6 User Guide
    Release notes
    Vendor Page

RidgeRun Professional Linux SDK for Freescale/NXP i.MX6 allows you to easily test the main features of the boards listed below. 

Platforms Supported


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