System On Module
System on Modules from F&S
As a specialist for customized solutions in the embedded computing sector, F&S has launched several of its own product families on the market, in addition to industry-standard modules. The expandable standard versions of these product families are your key to success.
The use of the efus™ guarantees a fast "time-to-market". The efus™ form factor has a size of only 47 x 62mm and is equipped with finger contacts for the common 230-pin MXM2 edge connector ( economical, approved for industrial and automotive use).
The efus™ is designed according to "EasyLayout" guidelines, all signal lines can be routed to the connectors on the baseboard without crossing points (simple baseboard, good EMC behavior).
The PCB area of the efus™ can be extended laterally with radio modules (WLAN, ZigBee, Z-Wave, EnOcean) without having to change the layout of the CPU area.
We offer a project guarantee based on "everything from a single source" (hardware, software, and manufacturing), good support, and the 10-year availability of each efus™ module.
Customized products, as well as well-founded support, have secured us the trust of renowned customers throughout Europe for years.
PC solutions do not need to be expensive.
NetDCU is the low-cost embedded computer platform.
Modern machines, production plants, measuring and controlling systems provide increasing amounts of increasingly complicated data, which has to be monitored and displayed. On the other hand, comprehensive settings are necessary for controlling these devices. We have developed an innovative solution for this application area.
NetDCU is an assembly, based on a powerful RISC-Processor (PowerPC, ARM, XScale, MIPS), for industrial use in the visualization and controlling of complex systems.
The PicoCOM family offers the user compact and inexpensive COM modules.
All modules are compatible. It was our goal to offer as many standardized interfaces as possible with the PicoCOM modules, all completely supported by the integrated OS. This allows fast development of application software without requiring any in-depth hardware knowledge. Integrating the module into the surrounding hardware should be equally uncomplicated.
Therefore the whole power management of the CPU is already provided on-board and the board gets plugged on the baseboard of the customer via a robust 80 poles plug connector. Only some additional interface drivers (RS232, Ethernet transformer) are necessary. All modules of this family have the same size (40mm x 50mm) and use the same plug connector, where the first half of the pins carries fix signals and the second half offers module-specific interfaces. Thus an upgrade to future modules of this series is possible anytime (Upgrade to modules with higher processing power and more memory, as well as Upgrade to later, more inexpensive modules).
The compact Computer on Module form factor PicoCore™ is characterized by its small size of only 35 x 40 mm and a very small board-to-board distance of 1.5 mm.
PicoCore™ Systems on Module are ideally suited for small and power-saving processors from NXP, such as i.MX 8M Mini/ Nano or i.MX 8M Plus.
The PicoCore™ embedded modules are characterized by robustness, low power dissipation, and high performance and are ideally suited for portable devices in medical and industrial technology, multimedia applications, or even secure cloud connections.
Up to 4 Cortex®-A53 cores and one Cortex®-M4/M7 core are available on the ARM-based PicoCore™ form factor. A 1080p hardware video acceleration for two-way video applications and an integrated 3D and 2D hardware acceleration are included in the processor.
SLC NAND Flash and alternatively eMMC are offered as memory. The two 100-pin connectors allow a variety of interfaces such as 2x SD-Card Slot, 1-2 Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB, CAN, 4x I2C, 2x SPI, 4x UART, Audio (Line In/ Out/ Mic/ Headphone or I2S), PCIe, GPIO, PWM, and MIPI-CSI for camera connection. A MIPI-DSI or often LVDS 24 bit interface is provided for the display connection. For the NXP i.MX 8M Plus based PicoCore™MX8MP there is additionally DVI available.
I2C is used to connect a touch panel. Optionally, a WLAN/ BT module is also available for some versions.
We support you optimally with your software development. For each PicoCore™ module, there are extensive, immediately executable development kits with display available.
The F&S engineers provide support via the forum, telephone, and e-mail. Furthermore, we offer extensive services in the areas of Over-The-Air Update, Secure Boot, Asymmetric Multiprocessing, and much more.
The compact PicoCore™ Computer on Module form factor is characterized by its small size of only 35 x 40 mm and a very low board-to-board distance starting at 1.5mm.
The PicoCore™ embedded modules are robust, have low power dissipation, and high performance. They are ideally suited for portable devices in medical and industrial technology, multimedia applications or even secure cloud connections.
A Cortex®-A53 core and a Cortex®-M4/M7 core are available on the ARM-based PicoCore™ form factor. Integrated 3D and 2D hardware acceleration is included in the processor.
SLC NAND Flash and alternatively eMMC are offered as memory. The two 80-pin connectors enable a variety of interfaces such as 1x SD card slot, 1-2 Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB, CAN, max. 4x I2C, 2x SPI, max. 6x UART, audio (Line In/ Out/ Mic/ Headphone or I2S), GPIO and PWM for camera connection.
I2C is used to connect a touch panel. A WLAN/BT module is also available as an option for some versions.
We provide you with optimal support for your software development. Comprehensive, ready-to-run development kits with display are available for every PicoCore™ module.
F&S engineers provide support via our forum, telephone, and e-mail. Furthermore, we offer extensive services in the areas of Over-The-Air Update, Secure Boot, Asymmetric Multiprocessing, and much more.
Small-sized and inexpensive, these are the special characteristics of the PicoMOD product family.
More pin-compatible PicoMOD modules with more or less powerful RISC-CPUs will follow.
The idea behind PicoMOD was using the concept of a NetDCU and removing all hardware that does not require a direct CPU interface (i.e. RS232 level shifters) and replacing all 2.54mm connectors with one single connector. The handling of PicoMOD becomes nearly as easy as using NetDCU. Only the design of the baseboard is a little more complex.
The Qseven form factor was defined by the board manufacturers Congatec, MSC, and Seco. Meanwhile, the member list is a couple of pages long.
Initially, Qseven was designed for Intel ATOM CPUs. We deal with RISC CPUs and operating systems like Windows Embedded CE and embedded Linux for more than 10 years.
This knowledge resulted in compact form factors like PicoMOD (80mm x 50mm) and PicoCOM (40mm x 50mm).
We now offer -as one of the first manufacturers- a RISC board in the Qseven form factor. It offers customers using a Qseven with ATOM CPU the opportunity to switch to a compatible board with RISC CPU. More than 90% of the Qseven Standard (70mm x 70mm) designated interfaces get served. So QBliss is applicable in many Qseven applications instantly without having to change hardware.
So why should a customer switch from Qseven with ATOM to one with RISC?
It has a lot to commend it:
- Low power (less than 3 Watt)
- Short booting time (5-8s)
- Low license costs for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 or Windows Embedded Compact 7
- Inexpensive Price
More applications become available especially in mobile devices where compactness, energy-saving, low-cost, robustness, and reliability are important factors.
The SMARC form factor was defined by the board manufacturers Kontron and Congatec. In the meantime, the number of members covers several pages.