Time-to-Market Advantages of SOM Design-in Services

By Advantech

The pace of product development is getting faster, and in order to secure proprietary industrial knowledge, the demand for Computer On Modules (COM) has increased. Because COM boards integrate most of the complex CPU architecture and all basic circuitry onto a single, small modular board that plugs into an application-specific carrier board developed by the customer, up to 70~80% of the overall design effort can be saved.

Benefits of SOM (System On Module)

The modular nature of SOM (System On Module) allows customers to focus on the carrier board design, concentrating on adding value to their own applications. SOM (System On Module) are very flexible; different SOM modules are able to mix with different carrier boards for multiple applications. But the best advantage of SOM’s is they allow customers to securely maintain control over their application knowledge; all technical know-how is kept confidential.

Why SOM Design-in Services

Sometimes there are still design gaps in SOM based projects. Even though only around 20~30% of the design is on the customer side, the integration problem might be show up when customers integrated SOM module with their carrier board. So, in order to facilitate the faster development of application-specific carrier boards, Advantech provides a series of supports such as design guides, carrier board design and consultancy to help develop a time/money-saving solution; this is where Advantech’s SOM Design-in Services come in.

Quite simply, SOM Design-in Services help customers reduce the time and effort involved with developing new solutions. SOM Design-in Services handle all the evaluation, design, integration and testing requirements for smooth SOM and carrier board integration.

Advantech SOM Design-in Services offers 5 major channels: SOM Product, Design Assistance, Thermal Solution, Software and Valued-Added services.

SOM Design-in Services for Carrier Board Development

  • SOM Product Services SOM Product Services include a full range of SOM modules in various form factors, including COMExpress, ETX, XTX and SOM-144, each equipped with different generation CPU’s and chipsets. Product Services also provide comprehensive technical documents, such as SOM module design guides, evaluation board reference designs, SOM module mechanical drawings, drivers, certifications, and test reports.
  • Design Assistance Services Design Assistance Services review schematics, placement, and layout of customer carrier boards. If the initial preventive review is not enough there are also extensive debugging services to help solve the problem. All the services aim to reduce design risks and hence save time during carrier board development,
  • Thermal Solution Services The Thermal Solution Service is divided to two major parts, one is the standard modularized thermal solution including heatspreader and extra heatsink or cooler, and the other one is a customized thermal solution. These services reduce design effort and facilitate flexible upgrades.
  • Embedded Software Services Advantech provide BIOS customization and embedded OS support to satisfy customer’s unique software demands. SUSI (Secure and Unified Smart Interface) provides a set of user-friendly, intelligent and integrated interfaces, which speeds development, enhances security and offers add-on value for Advantech platforms. SUSI plays the role of catalyst between developer and solution, and makes Advantech embedded platforms easier and simpler to adopt and operate with customer applications.
  • Valued-Added Services Value-Added Services support applications in harsh environments. In combination with conformal coatings, glued DRAM and wideband extended temperature testing solutions; Value-Added Services can fulfill strict requirements for product performance in harsh environments.

Latest Embedded Intel Core 2 Duo Solution for COM-Express Module

Advantech’s latest SOM module—SOM-5786, is an embedded COM-Express board powered by the latest Intel 965 Express Chipset with a FSB speed of 800 MHz and improved integrated graphics performance. As well as offering PCIe and eight USB 2.0 connections, SOM-5786 supports higher resolution 48/24-bit dual channel LVDS display panels and large memory capacity via two SoDIMM’s supporting up to 4 GB of memory. Like all SOM modules, SOM-5786 fits onto a baseboard design of the customers’ own specific application requirements saving up to 80% on development effort and cost. With Advantech’s SOM Design-in Services possible integration problems can be smoothed out. SOM Design-in Services help customers achieve a perfect integrated solution. Now, SOM Designin Services is ready for supporting Intel latest technology.


Advantech has accumulated expert knowledge in designing SOM carrier boards, we are better able to offer SOM Design-in Services to help customers integrate Advantech’s SOM products with specially designed carrier boards.


Contact Information

Advantech Corporation
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