Key Benefits of Using a SOM in Your Design


Key-benefits-of-a-somIn the world of embedding computing, System on Modules (SOMs) have become a popular choice for developers and engineers to build high-performance, low-power embedded products. SOMs are essentially small, printed circuit boards that integrate all the essential components of a computing system, including the processor, memory, storage, and interfaces onto a single module.

So, what are some of the key benefits of using a SOM in your design?

Reduced Time to Market: SOMs significantly reduce the time it takes for a product to go from concept to production, as much of the design work has already been done. This means you can focus more of your effort on developing valuable and unique features that differentiate your product from your competition.

Improved Design Flexibility: With SOMs, you can have more flexibility in designing your system as they’re built on two separate boards – one for the SOM that contains the core embedded computing hardware and a separate carrier board customized to the exact functionality and size needs of your embedded device. This means that you have full control over the system’s form factor and can easily tailor the design to meet specific physical and environmental requirements.

Reduced Development Costs: Adopting a SOM approach to system design typically results in lower development costs. By simplifying the development process, you can reduce time-to market, minimize the risk of errors and the need for embedded design specialists, all of which saves you money.

Simplified Management and Upgrades: The use of a SOM significantly simplifies supply management and upgrades. Managing through difficult supply chain scenarios is greatly simplified as OEMs are responsible for one part (the SOM) rather than the hundreds of individual components that go into making one. Carrier boards can also be reused over multiple designs, and replacing or upgrading a SOM with the same form factor is straightforward. This flexibility simplifies design changes, ensures overall system reliability, and makes management easier.

Beacon EmbeddedWorks offers a wide range of SOM solutions and are trusted developers for industry-leading CPU manufacturers including NXP, Renesas, TI, and Xilinx. Our SOMs are designed and customized to meet the unique needs of each application, whether it be a high-performance multimedia application or a low-power, hand-held device.

If you’re considering using a SOM or looking for a trusted partner to help you with your embedded electronics needs for your next device, let Beacon EmbeddedWorks guide you through the process. Contact us today to learn more!

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