A Critical Link SOM has all of the features that designers usually add to their own designs. So why would you buy a SOM instead of designing one yourself? Simple, it is already done for you! Critical Link SOMs are not reference designs, they are ready for production! The hard part is already done for you! Macnica also offers Critical Link Development Kits which include the SOM, a Base board (or Carrier board) and the software used to develop your product. It is the Carrier Board that is unique to your product and where you focus on in the design. When you purchase a Development Kit, the Carrier Board schematics and PCB layout can be copied and used in your product.
So, who uses SOMs? Companies from Small to Medium to Large, even Fortune 500 Companies. Companies that do not have the technical resources to devote to developing a new product from scratch (Time). Companies that do not have a large R&D budget – cost to develop a new product can be quite high. (Money). Companies that have a short time-to-market window. (Time). Companies that need to develop a proof-of-concept. Basically, anyone and everyone!
This month’s featured SOM from Critical Link is the MitySOM 5CSX.