SMARC Baseboard



SMARC Baseboard

 

This customer approached Diamond Point with a requirement for a replacement for a PC/104 CPU card

The customer had a number of key requirements:

  • Intel Atom generation 5 CPU
  • Triple Gigabit Ethernet port
  • HDMI and DisplayPort graphics output
  • M.2 storage slot
  • miniPCI-e expansion
  • Dual USB2 channels
  • Fanless operation
  • Windows 10 support
  • Long term availability

A COM design using a SMARC 2.0 module was chosen. The benefit of a COM design is that you tailor a baseboard around the customer's requirements and use the core I/O of the COM module. If/when that COM module reaches EOL (end of life) due to component obsolescence, all that you have to do at the mechanical level is replace the COM module for a newer design. Only some small software changes would typically need to be done to the customer's image. Kontron's SMARC-sXAL was chosen for the SMARC module. All I/O was placed on the top side of the carrier board and the SMARC module socket was placed on the underside so that the module could be bolted to the enclosure and dissipate heat that way.

Connectors

  • Intel Atom generation 5 CPU
  • Triple Gigabit Ethernet port
  • HDMI and DisplayPort graphics output
  • Dual USB2