• A lightweight development board for real-time industrial control.
  • Comes pre-installed RT-Thread real-time operating system(RTOS) and built-in micro-python
  • Based on powerful NXP i.MX RT1052 processor

Arch Mix is a thin, lightweight development board based on NXP i.MX RT1052 processor(3020 CoreMark/1284 DMIPS @ 600 MHz). This development board comes pre-installed RT-Thread real-time operating system and built-in micro-python. Which makes it suitable for industrial control, especially for scenes with large code and high real-time application requirements.   

The i.MX RT1052 is a new processor family featuring NXP’s advanced implementation of the Arm Cortex®-M7 core. Currently, the i.MX RT1052 is the highest performing Cortex-M7 solution delivering 3036 CoreMarks, which is 13 times better than the LPC1788 microcontroller. In addition to the high-speed performance it provides fast real-time responsiveness. The i.MX RT1050 also has rich audio and video features, including LCD display, basic 2D graphics, camera interface, SPDIF, and I2S audio interface.

The RT-Thread is an open source IoT operating system for embedded devices. The kernel has real-time multi-task scheduling, semaphore, mutex, mail box, message queue, signal etc. This is a lightweight system that loads quickly. For more detail about the RTOS, please refer to the Github Page.   

Also, we are very excited to announce that there will soon be a Grove breakout board and MicroPython libraries available for use with Grove! This means that plug-and-play prototypes for industrial control and IoT projects will soon be possible, so stay tuned!

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RT-Thread has complete and detailed Chinese materials and community resources , also provide a complete set of development tools and debug tools. We will continue to update relevant English materials and resources in our wiki.


  • ARM® Cortex®-M7 600MHz microcontroller(NXP i.MX RT1052)
  • Comes with real-time operating system RT-Thread
  • Build-in micro-python
  • Ultra-fast system loading speed
  • Rich peripheral interface: RMII, CAN, I2C, UART, CSI, I2S, ADC, SPDIF IN/OUT, SWD
  • Smaller than other Demo boards of RT1052/1050: 67mm x 39mm
  • Cost-effective: Normally, development boards for RT1052 would cost around a whopping $90, only $29.9 for Arch Mix!!!

Application Ideas

  • Industrial Control
  • Smart Building
  • Industrial Human Machine Interfaces
  • Automation & Process Control
  • Robot

Hardware Overview

Figure 1. Front Hardware Overview

Figure 2. Back Hardware Overview


Figure 3. Pinout, ckick the image to view the original file

Block Diagram

Figure 4. Arch Mix Blcok Diagram, ckick the image to view the original file

About RT-Thread

The RT-Thread is a mature, lightweight IoT system with a complete ecological chain. The following table illustrates a comparison between the RT-Thread and other RTOS.

An Open Software Ecosystem

We recognize that each project has different requirements and goals. As such we have worked to provide as much flexibility to developers as possible. Our quad-core solution allows us to run numerous software solutions. From the selection of algorithms, NLP services, smart assistants, operating systems, and more, we wish to support our users. If you have suggestions on what services you would like to see us officially support let us know on our forums, or if you enjoy the work yourself, submit a merge request to our github.

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