Advantech unveils ROM-2620 OSM for AIoT applications

Advantech has released the ROM-2620, its first Open Standard Module (OSM) designed for AIoT applications, providing ultra-low power consumption and size.

The ROM-2620 has adopted the “Open Standard Module (OSM)” Size-S form factor specified by the Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET), and incorporates NXP Semiconductors’ i.MX 8ULP applications processor with integrated EdgeLock secure enclave.

The module leverages the NXP i.MX 8ULP applications processor, featuring two Arm Cortex-A35 cores for powerful processing, an Arm Cortex-M33 core for real-time response, and a Cadence Tensilica Hifi 4 DSP and Fusion DSP for efficient edge AI/ML processing and acceleration.

Built using advanced 28nm FD-SOI process technology and featuring NXP’s Energy Flex architecture, the i.MX 8ULP applications processor enables improved power efficiency in both static and dynamic modes. The Cortex-M33 reduces static power to as low as 36 microwatts for applications requiring extended battery life. The Cortex-A35, an upgrade from the previous Cortex-A7, delivers a 40% performance improvement from 32bit to 64bit at just 1.62 watts for main operation load.

The NXP i.MX 8ULP device also offers 3D/2D GPUs and 4-lane MIPI DSI Parallel display interfaces to cater to industrial HMI graphics needs. Additionally, UART, GPIO, I2C, FlexCAN, and fast Ethernet interfaces enable edge data collection, control, and transmission. 

Advantech’s ROM-2620 adopts the standard OSM size-S form factor (30 x 30mm) with 332 pinouts to meet the growing space requirements of IoT applications. With the LGA surface-mount package, the ROM-2620 is more resilient to vibration, shock and other mechanical stressors, making it suitable for IoT edge nodes operating in harsh industrial environments.

To future-proof the OSM form factor, Advantech provides full support throughout the design-in process and volume production, to product lifecycle management.

Advantech simplifies the establishment of secure systems by integrating NXP's High Assurance Boot (HAB) technology into its AIM-Linux software service. This ensures that only software images signed by developers can be executed on the SOC.

By leveraging the NXP EdgeLock secure enclave integrated into the i.MX 8ULP as a built-in security subsystem, ROM-2620 further provides a silicon root of trust and robust security architecture, protecting edge devices against physical and network attacks. It simplifies the implementation of system-wide security intelligence for IoT applications.