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Verdin Carrier Boards Compatibility Issue with Easy Installer

 

Article updated at 08 Jun 2021
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Introduction

There exists a compatibility issue between the various generations of Verdin carrier boards and the Toradex Easy Installer versions shipped on Verdin iMX8M Mini V1.1A modules:

  • The older version of the Toradex Easy Installer (2.0b6-20201102) is compatible with 1st gen. Verdin carrier boards (Verdin Development Board V1.0B, Dahlia V1.0C).
  • The newer version of the Toradex Easy Installer (2.0b7-20210415) is compatible with 2nd gen. Verdin carrier boards (Verdin Development Board V1.1A, Dahlia V1.1A).

One symptom of having a Toradex Easy Installer version incompatible with the carrier board generation is the lack of display output on displays connected to any of the Verdin DSI display adapters. The root cause of the incompatibility lays in the changes that have been introduced with the latest Verdin Family Specifications update. For more information, see the related article on the Verdin Product Family Specification Update.

Modules affected:

  • 0055 Verdin iMX8M Mini Quad 2GB WB IT V1.1A
  • 0059 Verdin iMX8M Mini Quad 2GB IT V1.1A
  • 0060 Verdin iMX8M Mini DualLite 1GB WB IT V1.1A
  • 0057 Verdin iMX8M Mini DualLite 1GB V1.1A

The entire Verdin Family catalog can be found on the Verdin SoM Family page.

Resolution

The issue can be resolved by installing a Toradex Easy Installer version onto the Verdin iMX8M Mini module that is compatible with the Verdin carrier board generation the module is intended to be used with.

Identifying the board version

Each Toradex product comes with a label including:

  • QR code
  • Name of the product
  • Version
  • SKU (in PID8 format) of the product

For example, this is the label on one of the carrier boards:


  • Dahlia Carrier Board

    Dahlia Carrier Board

Tip: In this case, the Dahlia Carrier Board is a 2dn generation product as explained in the introduction.

Selecting a compatible Toradex Easy Installer version

Please refer to the Toradex Easy Installer version according to the Carrier Board generation.

Carrier board generation Compatible Toradex Easy Installer version
1st gen. 2.0b6-20201102
2nd gen. 2.0b7-20210415

Installing the Toradex Easy Installer

In order to install another version of the Toradex Easy Installer, it is necessary to put the SoM into Recovery Mode. To do so, check the recovery mode in iMX SoMs article.

After the board is in recovery mode, install the compatible easy installer version.