Getting started with IGEP SMARC iMX6

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This is the 1/3 chapter of the Getting Started with IGEP SMARC iMX6 Tutorial Guide. In this first chapter, we will learn :

  • Connect some peripherals, including monitor and USB peripherals.
  • Boot the board.

Upon completion, you will be ready to continue with chapter 2/3 that explains more advanced tasks.


In this tutorial we are going to use the following peripherals:

  • IGEP SMARC EXPANSION and its power supply (5V DC and 2.6A)
  • SD-card with Yocto Firmware
  • Monitor compatible with HDMI
  • HDMI/HDMI cable
  • Network cable
  • USB keyboard and a mouse
  • PC

Getting started

You will learn how to connect some peripherals and power up the board.


The board will connect to your HDMI monitor via its of red square HDMI connector.


You may now plug the Ethernet cable into the 10/100/1000 Ethernet jack of the board to get network access.


Now, plug your keyboard and mouse into any of the available USB.


Finally, plug the SD-card into the SD-card socket.

Configure sysboot

Boot with SD-card selection, put a jumper in boot0 (red rectangle) on your IGEP SMARC EXPANSION.

Serial debug connection

Now you need a Null-Modem DB9 female-female serial cable. Connect the cable between the board and your PC. Open the serial on your PC using your preferred serial communications program (minicom) and configure the port as follows:

   no flow control (either software or hardware) 

Open the serial port and the debug shell prompt should appear. root user has "root" value as a password to access to the shell prompt.

A detailed guide on how to connect via serial debug port can be found by following this link: Using serial debug port to communicate


With all the peripherals attached, plug in the wall adapter (5V DC) and power on your board. You will see a few lights flash.

You have successfully completed this chapter of the guide.

Continue this tutorial guide: [[[[[What can I do with IGEP SMARC iMX6]]|2/3 - [[[What can I do with IGEP SMARC iMX6]]]]
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