Welcome to SoC system on module (SoM) page. Here you can learn about SoMs, their value proposition, and which SoMs are available for Altera customers through our partners.
Altera® SoC SoMs are small, integrated single-board computers with Arria ®10 or Cyclone® V SoCs at the core. The SoC SoM includes DDR3 memory, flash memory, power management, common interface controllers, and board support package (BSP) software to help you create a fully customized embedded design without starting from scratch.
Altera SoC SoMs are available in flexible, proprietary, and standards-based (SMARC, Qseven) form factors.
Cyclone V SoC System on Modules
1Processor main memory only. Additional FPGA, flash memory, eMMC, microSD, SD/MMC, and EEPROM memory may be provided but is not shown in this table. Consult the SoM vendor specifications for complete memory details.
Arria 10 SoC System on Modules
85mm x 95mm
1K pcs pricing from $795
1GB DDR4 with optional ECC
35mm x 35mm
1K pcs pricing from $479
8 GByte DDR4 with ECC
6 GByte DDR4 with ECC
80mm x 65mm
Build vs. Buy
Using a SoM gives you many advantages in designing your products such as shorter time to market, lower costs, reduced risks, and expert support. Click through the boxes to learn more on how you can leverage SoMs to win more business.
Purchasing a SoM for your design enables you to save 6-12 months of development time, which leads to more profitability. Also with SoMs you can develop application software on the production hardware immediately without needing to port from a development kit.
Buying an SoC SoM lets you isolate complex, high-layer board from the rest of system and reduce total PCB cost. Furthermore, you only have to manage one part number instead of a complete bill of materials (BOM) for processor-FPGA subsystem. Lastly, buying a SoM means shorter development cycle and lower resource needs, which lead to more savings!
Building your own system comes with many risks. By buying SoC SoM you remove challenges and risks of design verification and board bring up,and you get to design with validated BSP. Additionally you can avoid fine-pitch, high-pin-count BGA package, blind and buried vias, high-speed layout, and routing of processor-FPGA-memory subsystem.
When purchasing SoC SoM from our partner vendors, you also receive the support needed to design your system. The SoM vendors offer free and contract support. They handle a variety of issues such as component obsolescence, memory die shrinks, and process change notification (PCNs). Please refer to the Going to Production section to see what support is offered by each vendor.
Build vs. Buy Comparison Table
|Build Your Own||Buy SoM|
|Development cost||30-45 person-weeks||$0|
|Future maintenance cost||12-36 person-weeks||$0|
|Opportunity cost + "hidden" costs||Lost sales, design risk, specification changes, total PCB, board spins, and manufacturing delay||$0|
|Build-buy unit cost delta||(SoM buy unit cost) - (customer's build unit cost)|
Buying SoM is favourable if:
Number of Units (n) < Development Cost + Maintenance Cost + Opportunity Cost
(SoM Buy Unit Cost - Customer's Build Unit Cost)
To evaluate the SoC SoM and develop your project, you can order a SoM development kit from the SoM vendor or one of their authorized distributors. For further information, visit the vendor's SoM product page or contact the SoM vendor at the email address listed in the Choosing a SoM section.
Each SoC SoM vendor offers a variety of helpful design support services and collateral to assist you in your development, including:
- Free technical support to get started with your SoC SoM development
- Free hardware verification services
- Customizable technical support packages
- Custom base board or carrier board development
- Schematic design review for customer-designed carrier boards
- Design review and training services
- Systems engineering and hardware design services
- Software development services, including custom board support package (BSP) development or operating system porting
- Full application development or GUI development
- Custom FPGA logic development
- Product documentation, design guides, and videos
Refer to each SoM vendor's product page or contact them directly for a complete listing of services offered.
You can purchase prototypes and production quantities of your selected SoC SoM from the vendor or their authorized distributor. Contact your vendor to understand the following:
- Parts Change Notification (PCN) policy
- Design Escrow policy
- Design licensing policy
- Purchasing information, including correct orderable part number