A System on Module (SOM) is a board level circuit that integrates system functions into your device in one small module. A SOM is placed on a baseboard that can be customized to accommodate various functions, inputs, and outputs, allowing for rapid and reliable development.
Yes, CES provides full product lifecycle management for the life of the SOM including product change notifications and EOL management.
The planned life expectancy of most of CES’ SOMs is between five and eight years.
In the SOM development process, we make sure 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, CES has experience in finding replacement parts that fit within the SOM’s form factor. CES then works to ensure the change will have minimal impact on the end product.
CES 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.
CES can provide the continuation engineering necessary to keep the SOM relevant and current in the market place. If components become obsolete, CES 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.