Scalability and flexibility for Qseven-based low power projects

SECO is an Italian company specialized in electronic embedded solutions since 1979. Today, after more than 38 years on the international market, and with over 200 employees, the company boasts growing turnover and global distribution through branches in USA, India, Taiwan and Germany. SECO has continuously demonstrated the ability to adapt its know-how to new, challenging customer needs, and to provide cutting edge solutions to its partners. SECO’s leading role in the birth of the Qseven® Standard is a significant demonstration of this.

In 2008, SECO and the German congatec, key members of the SGeT Consortium (“Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies”, formerly “Qseven® Consortium”) which regulates this standard’s specifications, co-founded the innovative 70x70mm modular form factor. Thanks to its compact size and easy integration, the Qseven® standard has over time consolidated its position in the embedded market, earning a wide range of users who continue to choose it as the best option for low power applications and performance-cost ratio.

SECO’s Qseven® Cross Platform Philosophy focuses on hardware scalability which provides the customer the flexibility and support to develop their own carrier board, suited for their own requirements in a simplified way. It is entirely possible to design a carrier board that can be used with all Qseven® modules, whether the board has an x86 or an ARM architecture, making the hardware scalability guaranteed.

With a long unparalleled experience in Qseven® design, today SECO is the OEM with the widest portfolio of Qseven® modules in the market, leveraging leading semiconductor manufacturers with both x86 and ARM® architectures such as Intel®, NVIDIA®, NXP, AMD.

SECO can attribute its success to strong research and design year after year, and its cultivation of important partnerships, leading to new, innovative solutions for not only general purpose applications, but also to many vertical markets.  In fact, SECO boards today can be found at the heart of the most sophisticated and diverse products throughout various industries, such as traditional uses in industrial automation, biomedical devices, and fitness equipment and across more modern applications like Internet of Things and robotics.  A significant boost is also coming from the transportation market: SECO’s Qseven® modules, for example, have been recently used in the Passenger Information Systems in the new Metro of Moscow.

«By investing in Central European countries with a growing distribution network, also with partners offering integration services for our modules and thanks to our wide Qseven® portfolio, we are currently winning many projects in the industrial automation market», states Marco Attardo, SECO Channel Manager EMEA, who continues, «Numerical control machines, PLCs and human-machine interface manufacturers are increasingly choosing Qseven® standard modules, which offer a broad spectrum of low power solutions in both ARM and x86 architectures».

Beyond the long-established and consistent hardware product portfolio, SECO offers custom design, system integration, and a range of multi-sector, customer centric services, such as BIOS customization, surface treatments, PCB specific certifications for industry requirements like transportation, etc.  SECO also continues to manage the entire production cycle in-house in Italy, from the development and design stage to manufacturing to mass distribution, with zero outsourcing.  SECO always aims to serve as a true collaborative technology partner for its customers’ special projects.


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