SMARC (“Smart Mobility Architecture”) is an open – source computer Module standard maintained by the SGeT (“Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies”). SMARC Modules are small form factor (82mm x 50mm and 82mm x 80mm), low power (typically <6W) computer modules that are used on a Carrier board that utilizes a 314 pin 0.5mm pitch right-angle memory socket style connector to host the Module. SMARC Modules may utilize ARM, low power RISC or low power x86 CPUs / SOCs.
Purpose of This Document
The primary purpose of this document is to serve as a Design Guide for developers of SMARC Carrier Boards and for SMARC Module customers who wish to have a SMARC based system developed.
A secondary purpose of this document is to serve as a reference to SMARC Module developers, to help them understand the application of the Modules they are developing.
Finally, this document should be valuable to FAEs and Product managers to help them understand the SMARC infrastructure.
There are a number of ways to have a SMARC Carrier board developed:
Design internally, but have your SMARC Module vendor review your design. Make sure to also have the appropriate semiconductor companies review the portions of the design that utilize their components.
Use a 3rd party firm that specializes in SMARC Carrier development. Such resources may be listed on the SGET web page (www.sget.org).
Contact your SMARC Module vendor. The Module vendor will have an FAE available for advice. Many vendors will also undertake custom Carrier design projects, for significant opportunities.