Webinar Recap – The SOM: Evolution of the System on Module

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Thank you to all who were able to attend our last webinar, The SOM: Evolution of the System on Module. Presented by our Managing Director, Thomas Walker, this webinar covered all things System on Module. Journeying from a time when NXP was still Philips and Linux was just beginning, we made our way all the way to present day and learned how the SOM has evolved through the years, the impact it’s made and most importantly, how it’s remained a timeless piece of essential technology for everyday users. You may be surprised how many SOMs are encountered in everyday life.

In review, here are the topics we discussed:

  • What is a SOM?
  • Board-Level Symbiosis with Embedded Chips
  • The Evolution of Embedded Chips & SOMs
  • Embedded Eras & Applications
  • Timeless Design Rules
  • General Advantages of a SOM

We also discussed the services PHYTEC offers that help bring your embedded system designs to market quickly and effectively, followed by a live Q&A. Here is a recap of those questions, and their answers.

Question: Do PHYTEC SOMs follow a standard pin-out like SMARC or Q7? 

Answer:  PHYTEC has designed SOMs with standard form factors before. However, we have found standard pin-out and form-factors become limiting. PHYTEC designs the pin-out of our SOMs to maximize the capability and functionality of the processor.

Question: Does PHYTEC assist with migration to newer System on Modules?
Answer: Yes! PHYTEC prides itself in engaging in partner relationships with our end customers to help migrate to newer modules as quickly and seamlessly. PHYTEC is also very close with our chip-partners which allows us to have early-access to the latest information and roadmap schedules to pass along to our customers.

Question: How does PHYTEC achieve an almost 20-year longevity on their products? 
Answer: Product longevity is where PHYTEC shines. We have customers that have been buying the same SOM for 20 years. PHYTEC has a very strong and proactive purchasing department that makes it a priority to select components that are going to be around for few years to come. We also have the advantage of having a great network of silicon, memory, and other component vendors and chip partners that we can rely on to sustain our products and our customer’s products for as long as possible.

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in this webinar to make it a success! If you missed the webinar see the recording on our YouTube channel below.

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