The latest 45 nm processor technology completely opens up new paths in the embedded PC world. The Intel® Atom™ processor allows for new development and new devices. It also enables development in the field of SOM/COM platforms. As a result of extremely small dimensions of the processor—just 13x14 mm, the Intel® system controller hubs—only 22x22 mm, and low power consumption of less than 5 watts, new dimensions for SOM/COM modules are conceivable. The multitude of form factors introduced at the Embedded World conference was something of a surprise after the standardization efforts of recent years.