The Computer on Module was born when the embedded industry realised the benefits of splitting a single board computer into two distinct parts:
A compact core module containing all the components needed for a bootable host computer - processor, North bridge, South bridge, memory and Flash, without the standard connectors for any input/output peripherals. This COM is sold as an off-the-shelf entity and will have a standardised footprint and set of connectors that mate to . . . .
An application specific carrier board with the system IO and peripherals. The carrier board is capable of accepting any COM in that specific Computer On Module family of boards. Together, the COM and carrier board deliver the functionality of a single-board computer.
The embedded industry has employed the COM concept in a number of designs with differing degrees of acceptance and success. The ETX standard is a mature standard with wide acceptance in the European market with XTX as its natural successor, whilst COM Express is a legacy-free design with plenty of headroom for the future. Small and rugged, Computer on Module implementations are ideal for a broad range of embedded applications where they fit mechanically, economically, and functionally, and where other form factors such as add-in cards cannot be used.
Our latest addtion is the RE-COM which provides the latest ARM processors in an extremely small size (50*50mm), low power consumption and a wide array of peripherals.
Target applications include medical, military, industrial, railway, transportation. Embedded developers benefit from a semi custom solution tailored to their application which is simple to scale and upgrade to the latest processor technologies.
View our short introductory video to get a quick understanding of how the Computer On Module (COM) board works in embedded design. We have also put together a Computer On Module Specification Matrix for a quick overview of the COM board range.