SECO introduces new SMARC modules powered by Qualcomm industrial IoT solutions

The company will present the first System-on-Modules developed through the collaboration with Qualcomm at the upcoming embedded world Exhibition & Conference.

SECO, a leading global provider of end-to-end technological solutions for the digitalization of industrial products and processes, has announced the release of its first SMARC® System on Modules based on Qualcomm® QCS6490 and Qualcomm® QCS5430 application processors. These new SMARC® modules are the first results of SECO’s strategic collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., announced in September last year. Both companies aim to help accelerate the development of innovative edge computing products for the Industrial IoT world.

The SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 simplifies the use of the Qualcomm QCS6490 processor, Qualcomm Technologies’ premium-tier platform tailored for IoT. Developed with product longevity and durability in mind, the chipset offers support for AI and computing, robust performance at low power, and expanded interfaces and peripherals catering to diverse industrial use cases. The integrated Qualcomm® AI Engine enables on-device machine learning applications, featuring a fused AI-accelerator architecture elevating the total performance to 13 TOPS.

The SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 streamlines access to this future-oriented technology within a SMARC® 2.1.1 System on Module featuring Qualcomm® Kryo™ 670 CPU housing 1x Arm® Cortex-A78 @2.7 GHz, 3x Arm® Cortex-A78 @2.4 GHz, and 4x Arm ® Cortex-A55 @1.9 GHz. The Qualcomm® Adreno™ 643 GPU ensures enhanced graphics performance and energy efficiency, supporting FHD+ @120 fps resolution on primary display and secondary display up to 4k Ultra HD @60Hz. The 2x MIPI-CSI 4 lanes and support for Image Signal Processor (ISP) enable a high-quality camera experience. The expanded range of interface options includes USB 3.1, USB 2.0, PCI-e Gen3 lanes, and a variety of serial interfaces. Networking capabilities are represented by a 2x Gigabit Ethernet interface and optional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.3. The SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 supports Microsoft Windows 11 IoT Enterprise LTSC, Yocto Linux, and Android, with both commercial (0°C to +60°C) and industrial (-30°C to +85°C) temperature variants available.

Complementing this high-tier SoM, SECO also introduced a mid-tier solution which slightly moderates CPU and GPU performance: the SOM-SMARC-QCS5430, powered by the Qualcomm QCS5430. This next-generation System-on-Chip combines premium connectivity, high-level performance, and edge AI-powered camera capabilities with the potential for feature upgrades over the air via software updates to unlock enhanced performance. The SECO SOM-SMARC-QCS5430 features an Octa-core Kryo™ 670 CPU with 4x Arm® Cortex-A78 @2.1 GHz, 4x Arm® Cortex-A55 @1.8 GHz and a Qualcomm® Adreno™ 642L GPU, maintaining parity with the high-end SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 in all other features. This positions it as an excellent mid-range product, striking a balance between performance, power efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. It also provides scope for field software-based upgrades of the CPU and GPU, utilizing the processor’s capabilities.

“We are excited to introduce our new SMARC® modules, the SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 and SOM-SMARC-QCS5430, in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies. These products represent a leap forward in IoT and edge computing, showcasing our dedication to delivering superior solutions for digitalization”, said Maurizio Caporali, Chief Product Officer of SECO. “Utilizing Qualcomm Technologies' state-of-the-art platforms, we offer unmatched performance and AI capabilities. This launch underscores our promise to empower clients with innovative, efficient technology for a competitive edge in the industrial IoT sector."

“The Qualcomm QCS6490 and Qualcomm QCS5430 processors deliver cutting-edge computing, AI and power efficiency for demanding IoT applications. The SMARC® module announcement is an important milestone in our strategic collaboration with SECO”, said Sebastiano Di Filippo, Senior Director, Business Development at Qualcomm Europe, Inc. “We are excited to support SECO to help them bring advanced edge computing and on-device AI capabilities to industries such as manufacturing, logistics, energy, healthcare, retail and more.”

As with all SoM solutions from SECO, the SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 and SOM-SMARC-QCS5430 come bundled with a corresponding operating system, a Board Support Package (BSP) and a Software Development Kit (SDK). This enables software developers to expedite the implementation of their applications. In addition, it is natively integrated with Clea and primed for use with SECO’s software suite. Clea enhances the hardware infrastructure with an array of value-added services encompassing device management, remote updates, and data pipeline management, all while ensuring top-tier security standards.

Discover SECO’s complete offerings from Edge to AI at the embedded world Exhibition & Conference in Nuremberg. Join specialists at booth 1-320 from 9 to 11 April 2024, and gain insights into the SOM-SMARC-QCS6490 and SOM-SMARC-QCS5430, as well as the forthcoming advancements stemming from the collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies.
SECO SMARC® modules based on Qualcomm Technologies application processors overview:


Qualcomm® Kryo™ 670 CPU

4x Arm® Cortex-A78 from 2.4 GHz to 2.7 GHz

4x Arm ®Cortex-A55 @1.9 GHz
Qualcomm® Adreno™ 643@812MHz

Qualcomm® Kryo™ 670 CPU

2x Arm® Cortex-A78 @2.1 GHz

4x Arm® Cortex-A55 @1.8 GHz
Qualcomm® Adreno™ 642L@315MHz

Qualcomm® Kryo™ 670 CPU

2x Arm® Cortex-A78 @2.4 GHz

4x Arm® Cortex-A55 @1.8 GHz
Qualcomm® Adreno™ 642L@550MHz