Why and how to choose System on Module or Computer on Module?

“System on Module (SoM) is widely used in embedded product development. Why computing module will gain more popularity and how design teams can find the right fit.”

Robotics and Industrial automation are transforming the manufacturing industry by creating smart machines that are more efficient and productive. Manufacturers around the globe are implementing smart factory or Industry 4.0 systems to improve production output and reduce costs.

This surge in requirement of smart machines led to higher demand for embedded systems that have higher computing power with plug and play features, which created the demand for compact and powerful SoMs or CoMs. It allows for faster development and deployment of products in a cost-effective manner. SoM helps to launch the new product in the market sooner as compared to conventional methods. Moreover, using SoM enables the application of advanced technologies such as AI and ML to further improve productivity.

So, what is a SoM?
Going by the definition on Wikipedia, “System on Module (SoM) or Computer on Module (CoM) is a board-level circuit that integrates a system function in a single module. It may integrate digital and analog functions on a single board. A typical application is in embedded systems.”