Industry White Paper

Kontron SMARC™ 2.1 Modules Enable Next-Gen IoT and AI-enabled Embedded Applications

October 14, 2020 by Kontron

Whitepaper Overview

The SMARC™ (Smart Mobility Architecture) specification from the Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET) enables most of today's compact, ultra-low-power embedded computing applications. However, as embedded technologies and market needs evolve, there is an increasing need for greater functionality and performance with ultra-low power consumption, e.g., in IoT and IIoT applications. In response, SGET released its SMARC™ 2.1 specification for small form factor Computer-on-Modules (COMs), intended as a future-proof solution to address the exponential hyperconnectivity and performance demands of IoT/IIoT and Cloud applications. 

Kontron AG, a leader in the development of SMARC™ COM solutions, leverages the latest SMARC™ 2.1 features and capabilities in its broad range of highly scalable, small form factor, ultra-low power modules. These solutions support a broad range of interface options, including HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet support, SD-card socket, USB 2.0/3.0, mSATA, PCIe, and many more. Moreover, all new features are backward-compatible with the preceding SMARC™ 2.0. Kontron's solutions are flexible, cost-effective, and highly scalable, enabling a host of IoT/IIoT embedded solutions for telecommunications, factory automation, healthcare, transportation, and point of sale/information. 

This whitepaper by Kontron explores how the SMARC™ specification continues to evolve to address challenges and remain fit-for-use in cost-effectively developing next-generation, small form factor IoT and AI-enabled embedded applications. Ultimately, it provides an update on the essential features and benefits of the new SMARC™ 2.1 module specification for greater functionality and high performance in line with the needs of developers and system integrators.

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