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COM Baseboards Baseboard I/O Functionality Program Development Flow

Customized Baseboards mated with selected Computer-on-Module CPUs

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Email us to discuss your application-specific COM baseboard needs!

Since virtually all of today's embedded processors offer limited lifecycles of 5-7 years, any long-life product dependent on a single-board computer (SBC) is guaranteed to require redesign sometime during its lifecycle. Typical industrial product lifecycles of 10-20 years (as is common in military, transportation, and medical products) may call for 2, 3, or even 4 such redesign efforts. Such efforts can be extremely costly, not only in terms of the actual design activity but in terms of inventory management, documentation management, manufacturing changeover, and after-market service as well.

COM Baseboard Design
Diamond's solution is to utilize a two-board combination of a computer-on-module (COM) plus a baseboard. The COM provides the short-lifecycle and high-development-risk processor circuit, while the baseboard provides the long-lifecycle I/O unique to your application. The COM may be selected from a range of popular industry-standard form factors, including COM Express, ETX, and Qseven. The solution may utilize a COM from Diamond's product line as well as one of your choosing from another manufacturer.

The baseboard may consist of an off-the-shelf board already in our catalog or a custom one, designed to any shape and utilizing technology from our extensive library of power and I/O circuits. Customer circuitry can also be included on the baseboard.

A COM baseboard design can reduce a stack of PC/104 I/O modules into a single board computer!

When (not if) the COM reaches the end of its life, it can be replaced with a newer COM with relative ease, while the rest of the system, including the I/O, power supply, connectors, cabling, and physical dimensions remain exactly the same. In this way long lifecycles are much more easily supported. In addition, customers can create multiple configurations of their systems, selecting a different COM for each one based on price, performance, and power considerations.

Benefits of COM Baseboards

  • Reduced development time, cost, and effort through the use of off-the-shelf processor "macrocomponents" (COMs)
  • Simplified redesign / technology refresh / product upgrade efforts
  • Vastly increased product lifetimes
  • Easily scalable based on product and market requirements
  • Retain physical form factor and cabling across multiple generations of product

  • Working Together

    Whether your application requires a simple product variant or demands a full custom design, Diamond Systems will work with you to quickly and efficiently produce a solution to fit your embedded computing application.

    We will work together in a phased project approach, beginning with a Definition Phase, followed by a Design Phase, Prototype Phase and then finally full production.

    Definition Phase
    Customer Requirements Document
    Consultation with Diamond Systems’ Design Team
    Diamond Systems Proposal
    Joint Proposal Review
    Final Proposal

    Design Phase Activity Typical Timeframe
    Develop Specification 1-2 weeks
    Design schematics 2-3 weeks
    PCB Design & Fabrication 3-4 weeks
    Prototype Build 2 weeks
    Design Verification 2-3 weeks

    From Specification to Verified Prototype: 10 - 14 weeks!

    COM-Based Program Overview (pdf)
    Standards-Based COM Carriers Article (pdf)

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    Wide range of processor speeds and performance
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    Customer Benefits
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    Easy System Expansion