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System-on-Modules Speed IIoT App Development

March 5, 2024
SECO released its first SMARC system-on-modules based on Qualcomm QCS6490 and QCS5430 application processors.

This article is part of the TechXchange: System-on-Module Solutions.

Leveraging Qualcomm's QCS6490 and QCS5430 application processors, SECO's SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 system-on-module aims to help accelerate the development of innovative edge-computing products for the industrial IoT (IIoT) world.

The durable SOM offers power-efficient performance with expanded interfaces and peripherals for various industrial use cases. The integrated Qualcomm AI Engine for machine-learning applications has a fused AI-accelerator architecture that can operate at up to 13 TOPS. Available in both commercial (0 to +60°C) and industrial (–30 to +85°C) temperature variants, the SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 supports Microsoft Windows 11 IoT Enterprise, Yocto Linux, and Android.

Standout SOM Features

Features include a Qualcomm Kryo 670 CPU with an Arm Cortex-A78 running at 2.7 GHz, three Arm Cortex-A78s at 2.4 GHz, and four Arm Cortex-A55s at 1.9 GHz, along with a Qualcomm Adreno 643 GPU for enhanced graphics performance and energy efficiency.

The GPU enables FHD+ at 120-fps resolution on the primary display, and up to 4k Ultra HD at 60 Hz for the secondary display, with two MIPI-CSI 4-lanes and support for an image signal processor. Interface options include USB, PCIe Gen3, and serial interfaces, along with two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and optional Wi-Fi and BT 5.3.

The mid-tier SOM-SMARC-QCS5430 is powered by the Qualcomm QCS5430 and offers connectivity, performance, and edge-AI-driven camera capabilities with over-the-air via software updates to unlock enhanced performance. Features include an Octa-core Kryo 670 CPU with four Arm Cortex-A78s at 2.1 GHz, four Arm Cortex-A55s at 1.8 GHz, and a Qualcomm Adreno 642L GPU, keeping with the high-end SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 in all other features. 

“We are excited to introduce our new SMARC modules, the SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 and SOM-SMARC-QCS5430, in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies. These products represent a leap forward in IoT and edge computing, showcasing our dedication to delivering superior solutions for digitalization," said Maurizio Caporali, Chief Product Officer of SECO.

He added, “Utilizing Qualcomm Technologies' state-of-the-art platforms, we offer unmatched performance and AI capabilities. This launch underscores our promise to empower clients with innovative, efficient technology for a competitive edge in the industrial IoT sector."

“The Qualcomm QCS6490 and Qualcomm QCS5430 processors deliver cutting-edge compute, AI, and power efficiency for demanding IoT applications. The SMARC module announcement is an important milestone in our strategic collaboration with SECO," said Sebastiano Di Filippo, Senior Director, Business Development at Qualcomm Europe. “We are excited to support SECO to help them bring advanced edge computing and on-device AI capabilities to industries such as manufacturing, logistics, energy, healthcare, retail, and more.”

The SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 and SOM-SMARC-QCS5430 come with an operating system, a board support package, and a software development kit, and are usable with SECO’s software suite. They also include Clea, which offers a variety of secure value-added services addressing device management, remote updates, and data pipeline management.

Discover SECO’s complete offerings from edge to AI at the embedded world Exhibition & Conference in Nuremberg at booth 1-320 from April 9-11, 2024.

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