EMBEDDED HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT
We specialize in the development of these products:
Computers on module
Carrier boards for computers on module
Single board computers
Hardware tailored to customer requirements
What is "Computer on Module"?
A computer-on-module (COM) is a type of single board computer that is designed to provide basic computer functions in a compact modular design. A COM typically contains a processor, memory, storage, and other basic components such as a graphics controller and an Ethernet interface that are integrated into a small module.
COMs are often used in embedded systems, industrial automation and other applications where a compact and modular solution is required. The advantage of using COM is that it allows developers to focus on application-specific aspects of their design while relying on the underlying computing platform provided by COM.
COMs are typically designed to be mounted on a carrier board that provides the necessary peripheral interfaces and connectors to allow the COM to connect to the rest of the system. The carrier board can be modified to meet specific application requirements, for example by adding additional connectors, sensors or other components.
Popular COM standards include COM Express, SMARC, Qseven, and ETX. These standards define the form factor, pinouts and electrical specifications for the COM and carrier board, ensuring compatibility between different manufacturers and products.
Between 2000 and 2021, our company was part of the Kontron group. We continue to work closely with the former parent group as a "Certified Design Partner" specifically in the area of computer-on-module development. We also cooperate as an "Authorized Sales Partner", i.e. we are an authorized distributor of these products for the Czech and Slovak market. If you are interested in Kontron modules, please visit our eShop or contact us.
What is a "Carrier board"?
A carrier board is a printed circuit board that is designed to provide the necessary peripheral interfaces and connectors to connect a computer on a module (COM) to the rest of the system. The COM itself typically contains the core of the computing platform, including the processor, memory and storage, while the carrier board provides interfaces for external devices such as displays, Ethernet, USB and other peripherals.
The carrier board is customized to meet specific application requirements, for example, by adding additional connectors, sensors, or other components. It is also responsible for powering the COM and other devices that are connected to it.
The design of the carrier board depends on the specific COM used, as the COM provides electrical and mechanical specifications that the carrier board must adhere to. There are several standardized COM formats, such as COM Express, SMARC, Qseven, and ETX, each of which has its own specifications for the electrical signals and mechanical dimensions of the COM and carrier board.
The use of a COM board and carrier board allows a modular approach to system design, allowing developers to focus on the specific requirements of their application while relying on a standardized computing platform. This approach can reduce development time and cost, as well as facilitate system upgrades and maintenance over time.
To select a carrier board, please visit our eShop or submit an inquiry. We will develop/customize a carrier board for any COM to your exact requirements.
What is a "Single Board Computer"?
A single board computer (SBC) is a complete computer system built on a single printed circuit board. It contains all the basic components of a traditional computer, such as the processor, memory, storage, and input/output interfaces, integrated on a single board.
SBCs are typically designed for embedded systems, industrial automation and other applications where small form factor, low power consumption and low cost are important. They are often used in applications where a full-size computer is not practical or necessary.
The SBC has the advantage of providing a complete computer system in a small and compact form factor, making it easy to integrate into other systems. They are also often less expensive than traditional computer systems and can be more energy efficient.
Many different types of SBCs are available, from low-power microcontrollers to more powerful systems that can run full-fledged operating systems such as Linux or Windows.
SBCs are widely used in a variety of applications, including home automation, robotics, digital signaling, and industrial control systems. For SBC development, please contact us.
What is "Customized Hardware"?
Customized hardware refers to PCB designs that are tailored to the specific needs of a customer or project, not a pre-made off-the-shelf solution.
Custom hardware can be designed to meet specific requirements such as size, power consumption, performance and price. It can also be optimized for specific tasks such as signal processing, data acquisition or control systems.
The process of designing custom hardware typically involves identifying the specific requirements of an application or project, followed by selecting components and creating a schematic and layout. The hardware is then fabricated and assembled and software is developed to control or interact with the custom hardware.
Custom hardware can be more expensive than off-the-shelf solutions, but offers many benefits, including better performance, lower power consumption, and higher reliability. It can also be optimized for specific tasks and requirements, providing a tailored and more efficient solution.
Examples of custom hardware include specialized sensors, controllers and interfaces, as well as custom circuit boards, power supplies and communications equipment. It is used in a wide range of applications, including medical devices, industrial automation, aerospace and defense, and consumer electronics.
For the development of these products, please contact us.