SGET boosts embedded module standard, launches design guide

SGET boosts embedded module standard, launches design guide
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The Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET) has published two important milestones for its Open Standard Module (OSM) specification. OSM version 1.1 provides backward-compatible improvements and future-proof extensions, while the first OSM design guide offering practical tips and information on the design-in of second-generation Computer-on-Modules (Gen2 COM) The new OSM…
By Nick Flaherty

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The Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET) has published two important milestones for its Open Standard Module (OSM) specification.

OSM version 1.1 provides backward-compatible improvements and future-proof extensions, while the first OSM design guide offering practical tips and information on the design-in of second-generation Computer-on-Modules (Gen2 COM)

The new OSM standard enables machine solderable Computer-on-Modules with cost savings in assembly and test in series production compared to any Gen1 standard. Another added benefit is that OSM version 1.1 enables smaller form factors in terms of pinout to module size ratio.

“The hard work of the past months has paid off. With the results now published, OSM has gained in maturity and is expected to take off as the world’s first Gen2 COM standard offering an open, scalable, multi-vendor specification for machine solderable Computer-on-Modules supported by leading embedded computer vendors,” Martin Steger, Chairman of the OSM standard development team (SDT).

The OSM design guide offers developers and integrators important approaches for designing open standard modules into their own boards. Carrier board developers benefit from the synergies within SGET, where bridges are already being built between semiconductor manufacturers, integrators and users within the standard development teams.

“The increasing requirements for growing productivity and more powerful applications with maximum flexibility can be met and brought to the market quickly and efficiently with standardized OSM modules,” said Steger. The COM standards also offer OEMs a longer lifecycle for their products that extends even beyond the processor’s lifetime. This ultimately leads to a better ROI on NRE costs and sustainable system designs.

SGET members Aries, Avnet, Geniatech, F&S, iesy, iWave, and Kontron have already launched first official OSM modules. Gen2 Computer-on-Modules are currently available for the following processors: NXP i.MX 8 M, NXP i.MX 8 Lite, NXP i.MX93, ESP32 DualCore, Rockchip PX30, RZ/G2UL Cortex-A55 Single-Core and RZ/Five RISC-V AX45MP Single. SGET will provide interested companies with a roadmap for the support of additional processors upon request.

 The new design guide for version 1.0 and version 1.1 of the OSM specification can be downloaded free of charge from sget.org/standards/osm/

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