Kontron has extended its portfolio to include the system-on-module OSM-S i.MX8M Mini with a 1.6 GHz quad core processor, eMMC, LPDDR4 memory and the Open Standard Module (OSM) form factor size-S, as well as the single-board computer BL i.MX8M Mini OSM.

The OSM standard is designed for modules that can be directly soldered without plug connections so that the OSM module can be economically manufactured mechanically.

Several manufacturers, including Kontron, have developed the new OSM standard for soldered system-on-modules within the framework of the Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET), with the aim of streamlining manufacturer-specific modules with regard to size, pin assignments, interfaces, cooling and power loss.

The OSM-S i.MX8M Mini is a powerful and compact combining the advantages of the Open Standard Module specification in minimum space. It offers a high level of performance for sophisticated computing-intensive applications, 3D visualisation and a wide range of communication applications. With a range of digital I/Os and serial communication interfaces as well as PWM and SDIO interfaces, the module is suitable for industrial applications.

Its latest processor (4x Arm Cortex-A53, 1x Arm Cortex-M4) and memory technology (LPDDR4) make it suitable for custom board and application developments. The Arm-based CPUs are RISC (reduced instruction set computer) processors that are particularly suitable for cost-sensitive embedded applications.

The OSM standard offers several additional specific advantages. In addition to manufacturer-independence, it includes easy and affordable embedded application development with custom board design, minimised design risk, and shortened time-to-market.

These advantages not only reduce development times due to the simplified baseboard design, but also free up valuable resources for other tasks.

In addition to the SoM, the SBC BL i.MX8M Mini OSM includes a standard peripheral set with a variety of interfaces. Ethernet, USB, CAN, display, touch, audio and programming interfaces are located on the baseboard. This can be used to test applications in a proof-of-concept in order to decide on the design and the appropriate processor for the baseboard in a next step.

 Computing and memory performance can also be scaled according individual requirements.