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Snapper System Modules and Development Boards from DesignARM

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Snapper is a revolutionary snap-in system concept which delivers the core elements of an ARM based product on a compact, ready to use, microprocessor module. Using Snapper enables an engineering team to develop products faster, focus on its unique features and deliver a lower overall development cost. For specific Snapper System Module information and the individual details about each of the modules we provide, please visit DesignARM's product site at www.designARM.com. snapper2web

Why use a System Module

Designing electronic products is becoming more and more complex as markets demand more features, higher integration and short design cycles. The traditional monolithic approach to design (which long ago ran out of steam in silicon design) is becoming more expensive, risky and inflexible.

System modules address this need by integrating the complex (but common) high speed digital core of a device onto a single small PCB, which can then be easily embedded in a design.

A system module's small size makes it possible to integrate it into virtually any product, even small portable devices. ARM system modules use very little power, utilising power saving design techniques both within chips and on the board. Systems modules also shield the carrier board from high speed signals such as the SDRAM interface, therefore increasing system reliability and reducing emissions.

By using a system module in your design, you can:

  • Reduce development time, and therefore time to market
  • Decrease development cost
  • Achieve a similar or better product unit cost
  • Avoid design 8-12 layer PCBs with complex BGAs and the associated production yield headaches
  • Substantially reduce your project risk
  • Jump to the latest technology without the nasty learning curve
  • Focus on the important and unique parts of your design, rather than the common (but complex) core

We have written a System Modules White Paper which further explains the benefits of System Modules. Please take the time to look at this as it covers the relevant issues.

Using Snapper is as easy as 1,2,3; simply prototype and test your development using a suitable Snapper Module and Rig 200, then design your custom connector board and finally build your product.

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