New SMARC module for industrial automation

7th August 2019
Anna Flockett

Advantech has announced the launch of its first SMARC module, the SOM-2569. SMARC (Smart Mobility Architecture) is a versatile small form factor computer module targeting applications that require low power consumption, the flexibility to upgrade computing performance, and effective budget control in the system development process. Together with bundled the WISE-PaaS/DeviceOn software, SMARC modules can help end customers with operations management and ease maintenance.

The SOM-2569 SMARC module features Intel Atom E3900, Pentium and Celeron N Series processors. Its offers a small size - 82x50mm - and supports up to three displays simultaneously. On top of offering multi-display, it also supports several I/O, such as SATA, USB3.0/2.0, COM port, SMBus, and I2C.

There are three key features of the SOM-2569:

  • 2 LAN controllers and an onboard WiFi module
  • TPM and secure boot for enhanced security
  • onboard design for all key components (e.g. memory, eMMC) for maximum reliability                                                                                                                                     

All these features help ensure that the SOM-2569 is highly suitable for automation applications.

WiFi and dual LAN controllers: connectivity made more flexible than ever
Connected devices are the fundamental elements of modern smart factories. SOM-2569 is integrated with WiFi and Bluetooth onboard, and the dual 1000base-T interfaces to meet both wireless and cable connectivity requirements. With WiFi and Bluetooth in the onboard module, SOM-2569 is compliant with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac PCIe WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 and RF certification. Through its rigorous design and testing processes, Advantech not only offers better wireless signal integrity and compatibility, but also save time for system integration.Moreover, SOM-2569 includes two LAN controllers that support two RJ45 ports. The combo design provides the flexibility in various factory applications where isolated network domains are necessary for security and reliability reasons. For example, when the wireless LAN connects to an outside network and the wired LAN can connect to two different local area networks simultaneously.

Reducing the risk of Cyber attacks TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is defined by the 'Trusted Computing Group' based on a publicly available specification. The hardware chip enables  system protection; encompassing secure data storage, platform integrity reporting, and platform authentication.

The UEFI security boot offers a process to ensure that your computer boots up using only software that is trusted by the manufacturer. When the computer starts, firmware checks the signature of each piece of boot software, including firmware drivers (Option ROMs) and the operating system. If the signatures are good, the PC boots and the firmware gives control to the operating system.

All components soldering down: robust and reliable
SOM-2569 has soldering down all components, including CPU, memory, storage and wireless chips. Soldered components provide robust and reliable characteristics to work in harsh environment. It passed tests including vibration at 0.028G²/Hz, 3.5Grms, bumping at 1 corner, 3 edges, 6 faces, and thermal shock resistance, ranging from -40 to 85°C at slope 10°C per minute, etc. With Advantech rigorous validation, proves SOM-2569 is a perfect fit to use in harsh environment.

SOM-2569 Features

  • SMARC V2.0 specification compliance
  • IntelAtom E3900 and Pentium and Celeron N Series processors
  • WiFi/Bluetooth module onboard
  • TPM2.0 and UEFI secure boot for system protection
  • Two independent LAN chips for 1000Base-T data transmission
  • 32G eMMC
  • 8GB LPDDR4 memory
  • Operating Temp: 0 to 60°C or -40 to 85°C

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