FAQs

A System on Module (SOM) is a board level circuit that integrates system functions into a single, compact module. Designing your next device using a SOM can provide all the benefits of a chip-down design but with the efficiency and longevity of a modular approach. A SOM is placed on a baseboard that can be customized to accommodate various functions, inputs, and outputs, allowing for rapid and reliable development. With a faster time to market and long product lifecycle, SOMs offer a cost-effective solution for your next device.

Yes, Beacon EmbeddedWorks provides full product lifecycle management for the life of the SOM, including product change notifications and EOL management.

The planned availability of most of Beacon EmbeddedWorks’ SOMs is 12+ years.

In the SOM development process we address lifecycle concerns in order to minimize the number of changes required to keep the SOM current. However, if a SOM part does become unavailable, Beacon EmbeddedWorks has experience in finding replacement parts that fit within the SOM’s form factor. Beacon EmbeddedWorks then works to ensure the change will have minimal impact on the end product.

When all other options have been exhausted we work with customers on a last time buy (LTB) for the part to extend the availability of the SOM, or a LTB of the SOM itself. The first option provides some flexibility and at a lower cost than doing a LTB on the entire SOM. This option also impacts the EOL issue in the next section.

Beacon EmbeddedWorks will provide an EOL notice to all SOM customers when a SOM begins to enter EOL. Typically customers are notified six months ahead of time, allowing them to place their last time buys. Depending on the circumstances and customer requirements, we may also negotiate extending EOL dates for certain SOMs.

Beacon EmbeddedWorks can provide the continuation engineering necessary to keep the SOM relevant and current in the market place. If components become obsolete, Beacon EmbeddedWorks can search for replacement components, design the replacements to the SOM, and perform validation and compliance testing to ensure the SOM meets design and regulatory requirements.

CES has design engineering and application engineering support that can be utilized to help in design and application validation.

Applications engineering support is available after the development process. Continuation engineering support is included as part of our lifecycle management support.