Arrow Electronics signs Exor for IoT edge computing

Arrow Electronics has collaborated with Exor Embedded to create gigaSOM gS01, a full production design and a development kit featuring a high-performance, energy-efficient system on module (SOM) for IoT edge deployments.

The SOM is based on the Intel Atom E3900 processor and the Intel Cyclone 10 GX FPGA. It has a high-bandwidth dual-lane PCIe interface.

The gigaSOM gS01 integrates time-co-ordinated computing (TCC) technology in the CPU, support for IEEE 802.1 time-sensitive networking (TSN) in the FPGA reference design, and a real-time IoT stack for determinism for managing synchronised and real-time smart-factory applications. The board can consolidate multiple devices such as industrial PCs, HMI controllers, and PLCs in a single module.

Support for MQTT and Open Platform Communications – Unified Architecture (OPC-UA) protocols lets users connect with Exor’s sensor-to-cloud platform, Corvina Cloud, to collect machine IoT data and to manage industrial assets. Corvina Cloud provides machine model instances on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis and features to help users derive visual trends and analytic apps using the collected data.

The Intel SpeedStep technology dynamically adjusts the operating voltage and frequency to optimise efficiency at any CPU loading, says Arrow. Users can take advantage of extensive graphics features, including Intel HD Graphics 500, DirectX and OpenGL support, Intel Clear Video HD Technology, together with DisplayPort, eDP, HDMI, and MIPI-DSI outputs to connect up to three displays. The board provides multiple high-speed interfaces including two USB2.0, two USB3.0, and two SATA3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, PCIe, six 10Gb FPGA transceivers and 34 LVDS pairs. There are also SMBus, multiple I2C, CAN, and SPI connections and general purpose I/O via the microprocessor and FPGA.

There are four configurations of gS01 SOM – offering a choice of E3930 processor with or without an 85,000 logic-element Cyclone 10 GX FPGA or E3940 processor with or without 220,000 logic-element Cyclone 10 GX. Memory options include 4Gbyte or 8Gbyte DDR RAM, 32GB or 64Gbyte flash disk, and 64kbyte FRAM.

The gS01 SOM affords slim and compact design with a footprint of 81.6 x 54mm and a low profile of just 4.9mm. The FPGA and CPU are soldered directly to the board to maximise reliability and ruggedness, says Arrow. It can be used in applications required for 24/7 operation and can be deployed in hostile environmental conditions across the temperature range -40°C to 85°C.

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