Advantech unveils its first Open Standard Module S Size

Industrial embedded company, Advantech has released the ROM-2620, its first Open Standard Module (OSM) designed to revolutionise AIoT applications with its low power consumption and small size.

The ROM-2620 is based on the Open Standard Module (OSM) Size-S form factor specified by the Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET). It incorporates NXP Semiconductors’ i.MX 8ULP applications processor with integrated EdgeLock secure enclave. According to Advantech, this combination offers modular embedded computing that is cost-effective, compact, and power-efficient at the intelligent edge.
The NXP i.MX 8ULP applications processor features two Arm Cortex-A35 cores for powerful processing, an Arm Cortex-M33 core for real-time response and a Cadence Tensilica Hifi 4 DSP and Fusion DSP for efficient edge AI / ML processing and acceleration. The processor is built using advanced 28nm FD-SOI process technology and NXP’s Energy Flex architecture. The i.MX 8ULP enables exceptional power efficiency in both static and dynamic modes. The Cortex-M33 reduces static power down to 36 microWatts for applications requiring extended battery life. The Cortex-A35 delivers a 40 per cent performance improvement from 32bit to 64bit at just 1.62W for main operation load. The NXP i.MX 8ULP device also offers 3D/2D GPUs and four-lane MIPI DSI parallel display interfaces to cater to industrial HMI graphics needs. Additionally, UART, GPIO, I2C, FlexCAN, and fast Ethernet interfaces enable edge data collection, control, and transmission.

The ROM-2620 adopts the standard OSM size-S form factor (30 x 30mm) with 332 pinouts to meet the growing space requirements of IoT applications. The LGA surface mount package is resilient to vibration, shock and other mechanical stressors, said Advantech, making it suitable for IoT edge nodes operating in harsh industrial environments.

To future-proof the OSM form factor, Advantech provides full support throughout the design-in process and volume production, to product lifecycle management. It also offers design references, hardware documentation and manufacturing guidelines, for example stencil design suggestion and IR reflow diagram, with practical tips and information to ensure project success and minimize time-to-market.

Integrating NXP’s High Assurance Boot (HAB) technology into Advantech’s AIM-Linux software service simplifies the establishment of secure systems, said the company. This ensures that only software images signed by developers can be executed on the SOC. By leveraging the NXP EdgeLock secure enclave integrated into the i.MX 8ULP as a built-in security subsystem, ROM-2620 provides a silicon root of trust and robust security architecture, protecting edge devices against physical and network attacks.

The low power, miniature ROM-2620 OSM is now available for sample purchase.

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