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A Compact, Power-Efficient Solution
SMARC ("Smart Mobility ARChitecture") is a versatile, small, form factor computer module definition targeting applications that are power-efficient, low-cost, and high-performing. The modules typically use ARM SOCs similar or identical to those used in many familiar devices such as tablet computers and smart phones. Alternative power-efficient SOCs and CPUs, such as tablet-oriented X86 devices and other RISC CPUs, may also be used. The module power envelope is typically under 6W.
Two module sizes are available: 3.23 x 1.97 inches and 3.23 x 3.15 inches. The Module PCBs have 314 edge fingers that mate with a low-profile, 314-pin, 0.02-inch pitch right angle connector (the connector is sometimes identified as a 321-pin connector, but 7 pins are lost to the key).
The modules are used as building blocks for portable and stationary embedded systems. The core CPU and support circuits, including DRAM, boot flash, power sequencing, CPU power supplies, GBE, and a single-channel LVDS display transmitter, are all concentrated in the module. The modules are used with application-specific carrier boards that implement other features such as audio CODECs, touch controllers, wireless devices, etc. The modular approach allows for scalability, fast time-to-market, and upgradability, while still maintaining low costs, power efficiency, and small physical size.