SGET, the Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies e.V., has passed its first standard. The new global standard under the brand name ‘SMARC’ is based on ULP-COM, the term which up to now was used for Ultra Low Power Computer-on-Modules. Next to Kontron and ADLINK, numerous other SGET members were involved in the definition of the new standard.
“The Standard Development Team SDT.01 got together about two months ago and managed to adapt and pass the specification in this short space of time”, Engelbert Hörmannsdorfer, Chairman of the SGET e.V., explains: “This demonstrates on the one hand how well and how fast the SGET e.V. can work together with industry members. On the other hand, it shows just how effective the set up of SGET e.V. is.”
A variety of companies in the embedded technologies industry have recognized the need for a dedicated ARM COM standard, due to the fact that the different interfaces in ARM and x86 often require specific implementation. New chipset interfaces need a future-proof pin-out. Many more providers of embedded technologies are of the same opinion and have over the past few weeks announced their membership in the SGET e.V. and their collaboration with the Standard Development Team SDT.01.
“Fast standardization processes don’t work with long, drawn-out procedures”, Hörmannsdorfer goes on to comment. “These days, time-to-market is the deciding factor, and this is where the SGET e.V. wants to support the embedded technologies branch.”
The SMARC specifications will be freely available for download on the SGET website according to the SGET terms of membership – both for SMARC developers as well as for users and carrier providers.
First products with different SoC manufacturers of ARM processors (Nvidia T3, Freescale i.MX6, TI Sitara) based on the SMARC standard have already become available.
Other companies in the embedded computing industry are invited to join the SGET e.V. and contribute their ideas. Apart from embedded computing manufacturers on board and system level, also chip and connector manufacturers, research and educational institutions as well as embedded system integrators, OEM solution providers and industrial users are most welcome.

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