After the great success of the Novasom M7 platform, based on the RK3328 CPU that offers incredible performance and reliability to our customers, we thought about what we could do that would provide an even more usable, more reliable, and better industrialized product, in order to even better solve our customers’ problems.

This is our mission: to solve your problems.

We think it’s useless to make the biggest-strongest-fastest SBC in the world relying solely on what we think would be your future needs and just using the latest technology CPU fads.
We are focused on your needs, not our feelings.

Please let us know if we are missing functionality needed for your applications;
your feedback is extremely important to us.

Our vision, is to continually examine what is happening from a technology and customer expectation point of view and to adapt our design process to solving customer problems.

This is part of our strategic R&D plan and will drive us to use the next technology level. The cortex A72-73 is a next natural step in our world. But, because we think industrially, this new CPU is being very carefully evaluated, from both HW and SW points of view. As you can understand, we cannot give you something we’re not absolutely sure that will work, potentially forever.

We ask ourselves how to improve on what we have done by using the incredible flexibility offered by our Novasom SBC platforms, and have focused on the M7 platform because of the great results we have seen by offering an RP3 industrial alternative.

This experience drives us; The various projects that we have made, have shown us how to make the <strong>M7 even better</strong>, <strong>more usable</strong>, and at a <strong>lower cost.</strong>

This experience drives us; The various projects that we have made, have shown us how to make the M7 even bettermore usable, and at a lower cost.

So, Novasom M7Plus (M7+) is born:
a platform that enjoy all the experience and stability of the M7, but includes some “minor” but important modifications to help our customers use it, instead of the RP3 they may have started with.

SW difference: Absolutely nothing….no change.

The M7plus is totally SW compatible with any M7 and RP3 on the market.
As usual, plug and play, not pray… The specific GPIO mapping library we include in our SW package is the only thing you need to include in your RP3 SW, in order to make it run with Armbian-Debian without any trouble.
And our tech support is there to help you. A real technical support, not a simple blog…

HW difference with M7


USB Power:

On the M7plus, it’s possible – not mandatory – to power the unit by a 5V coming from the USB type A connector in addition to having the usual protected 12V power input option.


A Stronger Backlight Driver for display:

When driving the backlight of a display, with whichever technology you would like to use, the direct drive of the backlight allows us to dim or switch it off and on the display by software. Things you cannot do if the unit is not powering the display. And in order to drive a brighter display, we have up-scaled to 6A (@5V) the drive capability of the novasom board.


FCC cable connector for the HDMI output:

The HDMI output it’s a huge video connector. But in some applications the cost – dimension of the HDMI cable and its rigidity, makes it hard to industrialize the solution “novasom + display” that we call NovaPC. So we have added an FCC connector that replicates the HDMI‘s output so an easy cable and path can be used.


More Outputs on strip pin:

We know that the famous J3 pin strip is considered almost a standard in the market, but we saw several applications where the USB bus, not present on the J3 RP3 “standard” would be more than welcome. So we added those outputs.


5. A 485 line:

To allow our industrial customers to be ready for a needed connection with the most used industrial field bus.

M7+ - Industrialization of Pi3 based projects

The M7plus is available in various versions

exactly like the M7 and can be dressed with the same extension boards (we call Piggy boards) to add functionality like a 2nd Ethernet, extra USB, and so on. Just ask what you need and, if not existing, we can do it for you.

The Novasom M7Plus board is a new SBC board but not newborn

It is an addition to a well-recognized and fully tested and certified board line.

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