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Arezzo, Italy - September 23rd 2020 - SECO's goal has always been to be at the forefront of innovation, providing its customers with the latest technologies available on the market.           
Today SECO is pleased to unveil its latest product: the SM-C93, a SMARC® Rel 2.1.1 compliant module with the Intel Atom x6000E Series and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series processors.


Thanks to the close partnership with Intel and being part of the early access program for this platform, SECO was able to develop a solution that would encompass its great potential.


The Intel Atom x6000E Series and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series processors are Intel ’s first enhanced for IoT platforms, with CPU and GPU performance to support IoT applications requirements: with up to 4 cores and excellent performance/watt ratio (4.5W - 12W TDP), it boosts up to 40% faster CPU and 2x 3D graphics performance when compared to Intel Apollo Lake.


Additional improvements are Intel UHD Graphics and integrated Gigabit Ethernet: up to 3 Ethernet ports at 2.5 Gb with Time Sensitive Network (TSN) capabilities, a technology aiming at standardizing the transmission of time-sensitive data over Ethernet networks. Software optimized tools such as Intel System Studio and Intel Distribution of OpenVINO Toolkit simplify and accelerate IoT application development.


The Intel Atom x6000E Series and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series processors are also extremely flexible supporting multiple operating system options and addressing a variety of needs for embedded and industrial devices such as reliability, safety and low power consumption. From industrial to healthcare, through visual and transaction retail and gaming, their features target many applications, providing a unique value proposition for all vertical markets addressed.


One of the main strengths of this platform is to be designed for integration in application requiring Functional Safety (FuSa), aiming at detecting, monitoring and preventing systematic failures – bugs in software, hardware, design and tools - and random hardware failures occurring while using the system.  The Intel Atom x6000E processors are among Intel ’s first products designed with Functional Safety capabilities, which makes them well suited for those applications where growing complexity of hardware and software systems increases the risk of failures. This platform is SIL2/ Cat. 3 PL d certified (certification in process)  and SIL3/Cat.4 PL e capable when implemented in a dual-channel system.


To exploit this great potential in a standard form factor, SECO developed the SM-C93, a SMARC® Rel. 2.1.1 compliant module with the Intel Atom x6000E Series processors for FuSa applications. It is the first SMARC module specifically made for Functional Safety (FuSa) of safety-related systems, thus being designed in compliance with IEC 61508 and ISO 13849 FuSa standards.


It comes with the Integrated Intel UHD Graphics engine, supporting up to three independent displays through various video interfaces (e.DP 1.3 or Dual Channel LVDS, DP++, HDMI 1.4), and up to 16 GB of Quad Channel LPDDR4 Soldered Down memory with IBECC (In-Band Error Correction Code, Safety Related feature). Above all, this module stands out for its wide connectivity: 2x GbE PHY with precision time protocol IEEE 1588 optional SERDES Interface for additional third Gigabit Ethernet, 6x USB 2.0 host ports and 2x USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, up to four PCI-e Gen3 lanes, up to 14x GPIO, 2x CAN bus, SM bus and I2C bus.  


Available in industrial temperature, the SM-C93 is the right solution for all those applications that require high levels of reliability and excellent fault tolerance, from healthcare to industrial automation, through robotics and HMI.


Designing a new product, SECO always adopts the latest and most innovative technologies available on the market, and it does so by looking first and foremost at the needs of its customers, in order to offer the best solution, tailored to the exact requirements of even the most complex scenarios.


SECO CTO, Davide Catani, stated: “Artificial Intelligence is dramatically boosting human-machine collaboration in the industrial space. Embedded applications need to increase safety level to prevent harmful situations to occur in such a mixed robot/people environment. SECO SMARC SM-C93 modular solution is a robust approach to cut customer development effort and IEC 61508 certification process for industrial safety related applications. The presence of the integrated Intel Safety Island allowed us to reduce Bill Of Material cost removing the needs of an external component acting as a kind of intelligent watchdog/ monitor. In addition, qualified Functional Safety software components and a complete set of technical documentation reduced development costs and Time to Market. This is the confirmation that Intel Atom x6000E Series processors can simplify the integration of this innovative technology also in a very small and compact design”.


“SECO’s approach to Functional Safety (FuSa) fully delivers Intel Atom x6000E Series processors’ value proposition, accelerating development and certification process. SM-C93 will quickly enable the next generation of industrial applications mandating Functional Safety and requiring high compute performance to drive workload consolidation”– said Monia Chiavacci, Functional Safety Director IOTG, Intel Corporation.


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