ontrol) An audit of a service organization. A SOC Type I report covers a point of time; for example, June 30, whereas Type II covers a period such as one year.
enter) A facility SOC monitors human and vehicle access to the premises. An IT SOC monitors hardware, software and networks. See NOC
hip) Pronounced "S-O-C." A group of processing units on a single chip, which previously were independent chips that had to be connected together. The microcontroller chip is miracle enough, but an SoC is why we have hugely complex computers we can hold in our hands (see images below). Also, the more miniaturization, the more reduction in power.
The Microcontroller Was the First SoC
With billions used every day for just about anything, the MCU contains the CPU, RAM, storage and I/O. See microcontroller
, mobile platform
, system in package
and package on package
The Rest of It
Today's SoCs are amazing. Debuting in 2019, this Snapdragon 855 chip contains all the processing components in a modern smartphone. See ISP
and neural processing unit
The Versal from Xilinx
Each block is a separate chip. The radios (Wi-Fi, cellular, etc.) are increasingly built into the SoC. See GPU
With more than 35 billion transistors, this is one spectacular system-on-chip. It includes CPUs, RAM, I/O, parallel processing DSP engines and "adaptive hardware" (wiring the internal logic each time the chip is turned on). See FPGA
. (Image courtesy of Xilinx, www.xilinx.com)