SMARC 2.1-compliant SoM improves CPU performance

Based on the latest 10nm Intel Elkhart Lake processor, the SOM-2532 is a SMARC 2.1 system on module (SoM) by Advantech. It is intended for real time automation control, safety critical applications and transportation.

According to Advantech, the quad core SOM-2532 yields 40 per cent better CPU performance and improved graphics processing compared with previous models. It  supports multiple I/O and displays including two GbE LAN supporting time sensitive networking (TSN) PHY, three independent 4K displays, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbits per second), and one SATA Gen3. There is also on-board UFS2.0 and two CAN FD for higher data throughput. The improved processing power and diverse I/O, makes the SOM-2532 well-suited to a variety of applications including industrial control, transportation and medical applications, Advantech says.

The SOM-2532 supports on-board LPDDR4 3200Mt/s up to 16Gbyte with in-band error code correction (IBECC). (The soldered LPDDR4 memory features an anti-vibration design.) Non-volatile memory speeds are improved, compared to eMMC 5.1, says Advantech; the SOM-2532 with UFS2.1 implementation can achieve a 40 per cent increase in sequential read and a 20 per cent increase in sequential write speeds.

CAN-FD enables a maximum 8Mbits per second data transfer rate and would reach 10x the speed of the payload transmission, which is vital in data-intensive applications, continued Advantech. Low latency and also classic CAN devices are supported in many cases.

TSN PHY improves device communication accuracy by increasing the precision of data synchronisation over the network and minimising jitter to reduce latency during real time device communication, according to Advantech.

To improve cyber security in industrial automation, the SOM-2532’s dual LAN allows users to connect multiple systems or schedule firmware updates using WISE-PaaS/OTA via an internal LAN. They can also conduct external communication via an independent LAN.

The SOM-2532 has a wide operating temperature of -40 to +85 degrees. Its functional safety design reduces dangers caused by machine malfunction, the company says, making the SOM-2532 a safe option for portable devices and industrial applications.

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