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Tegra Migration Guide

Introduction​

This guide helps customers using end-of-life (EOL) Tegra products to migrate to recommended hardware and software solutions for their products. The following SoMs are covered:

Toradex has a lot of information, tools, and other resources to help with the migration, including future-proof Hardware and Software solutions, our Partner Network, support from our Community, direct contact with Sales and Application Engineers, and a constantly-updated Developer Center.

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This guide will be constantly upgraded.

Software Migration​

Customers Using Windows Embedded Compact (WEC)​

Toradex recommends moving your software stack to Torizon:

  • Torizon was designed with our Windows Embedded Compact (WEC) customers in mind to allow them to move their embedded systems to Linux while keeping Windows as the development environment. At the same time, Torizon allows you to tap into the large Linux ecosystem. Learn more in our website.
  • We are happy to discuss efforts to migrate to Torizon: contact us.

Alternatively, we are still supporting WEC on i.MX6 based SoMs. However, EOL for WEC is 2028.

Customers Using Linux​

We recommend moving to our current Linux BSP for the best performance and security.

We also offer TorizonCore, a ready-to-use Linux Distribution:

  • Simple OS configuration without the need for Yocto toolchain
  • Built-in features for Secure Online and Offline Updates
  • Integrated with Visual Studio Code for fast development

Hardware Migration​

Select a Replacement Product​

We recommend replacement options within the same product family currently used, or migration towards the Verdin Family. In either case, you will be using modern and cost-effective products.

Using the Toradex Product Comparison feature, you can compare the product you are currently using to different SoMs to evaluate their features. We provide an example in each recommendation.

Colibri T20​

Replacement optionPros and cons
Colibri iMX8X

Compare to Colibri T20
Pros:
- In most cases, no carrier board redesign is required
- Performance Boost
- Longevity commitment until 2035+
- Modern future-proof SW stack

Cons:
- Move from WEC to Linux / Torizon
Colibri iMX6

Compare to Colibri T20
Pros:
- In most cases, no carrier board redesign is required
- WEC is available, so porting from WEC is easy
- Cost-effective

Cons:
- Lower performance
Verdin Family

Compare to Colibri T20
Pros:
- Large Scalability in price and performance
- Future-proof design
- New low-end Verdin in development
- Modern future-proof SW stack

Cons:
- Carrier Board redesign is required
- Move from WEC to Linux / Torizon

Colibri T30​

Replacement optionPros and cons
Colibri iMX8X

Compare to Colibri T30
Pros:
- In most cases, no carrier board redesign is required
- Performance Boost
- Longevity commitment until 2035+
- Modern future-proof SW stack

Cons:
- Move from WEC to Linux / Torizon
Colibri iMX6

Compare to Colibri T30
Pros:
- In most cases, no carrier board redesign is required
- WEC is available, so porting from WEC is easy
- Cost-effective

Cons:
- Significantly Lower performance
Verdin Family

Compare to Colibri T30
Pros:
- Large Scalability in price and performance
- Future-proof design
- New low-end Verdin in development
- Modern future-proof SW stack

Cons:
- Carrier Board redesign is required
- Move from WEC to Linux / Torizon

Apalis T30​

Replacement optionPros and cons
Apalis iMX8

Compare to Apalis T30
Pros:
- In most cases, no carrier board redesign is required
- Performance Boost
- Longevity commitment until 2035+
- Modern future-proof SW stack

Cons:
- Move from WEC to Linux / Torizon
Apalis iMX6

Compare to Apalis T30
Pros:
- In most cases, no carrier board redesign is required
- WEC is available, so porting from WEC is easy
- Cost-effective

Cons:
- Lower performance
Verdin Family

Compare to Apalis T30
Pros:
- Large Scalability in price and performance
- Future-proof design
- New low-end Verdin in development
- Modern future-proof SW stack

Cons:
- Carrier Board redesign is required
- Move from WEC to Linux / Torizon

Check for Hardware Compatibility​

To ensure hardware compatibility of our recommended SoMs with your custom needs, you should check the product pages and datasheets for detailed information.

Additionally, we have a tool that can help you check hardware compatibility of our recommended solutions and your product requirements. You can use our Pinout Design Tool to verify if the resources provided in the SoM recommendations are available for your particular needs. You can learn how to use it on our Instruction Page.

Update Your Hardware Design​

If you are replacing a current Tegra-based SoM with a module within the same family, you will leverage its pin-compatibility feature. When migrating to the Verdin Family, you will need to redesign some aspects of your carrier board.

In either case, we have a complete Carrier Board Design Guide with reference designs and our partners you can contact for design and manufacturing.

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