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Professional Windows® Embedded Compact 7 by Thierry Joubert, David Jones, Samuel Phung

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SOME COMPACT 7 TARGET BOARDS

Many embedded systems are implemented as a SOC or SOM. A SOC is a System on a Chip where the CPU and most of the chipset for the CPU are all on the same substrate. (See Figure 31-5 for an example of a SOC.) A board that uses a SOC can be a lot smaller than one that is not. A SOM is a System on a Module. It implements the main parts of a Single Board Computer (SBC) on a smaller board, which then plugs into a board that implements the I/O connectivity. SOMs simplify system development further because only the I/O has to be implemented.

Some representative examples of some Compact 7 target systems are shown in Figure 35-1 through Figure 35-3. They are in order:

  • The ICOP VDX-6328D (Vortex SOC: x86) Board
  • The Phytec phyCore-LPC3250 (ARM9) SOM Board
  • The BeagleBoard (Texas Instruments OMAP3530 SOC (ARM-7))

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