Seco still on course for growth

On the way to carbon-free production

03. März 2021, 09:00 Uhr   |  Tobias Schlichtmeier

On the way to carbon-free production
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Massimo Mauri is CEO at Seco.

The Italian electronics company Seco is represented with a virtual booth at embedded world 2021 DIGITAL. It is showcasing new products and services - from microcomputer systems to software platforms for the IoT. Seco also presented its financial results for 2020.

In 2020, Seco's revenues reached 76.1 million Euros, an increase of 16.4 percent compared to 2019. Furthermore, the adjusted EBITDA margin (operating cash flow before tax) was 20.9 percent of revenues. In absolute terms, EBITDA reached 15.9 million Euros, growing by 35.3 percent compared to 2019.

In addition, 8.3 million Euros were invested in research and development in 2020, representing 10.9 percent of sales. Seco launched more than twenty new products, including Clea.

The company also continued its path to reduce its carbon footprint in 2020 and aims to reach zero emissions in 2024. Thanks to a signed supply contract, from this year onwards all the electrical energy supplying the Group's production facilities in Italy will come from renewable sources.

COM, SMARC and Qseven

In terms of computer modules, Seco's »CHPC-C77-CSA« COM-HPC client module size A with Intel's eleventh-generation Core and Celeron processors is most notable. Integrated are Iris-Xe graphics, AI acceleration as well as hardware support for real-time applications.

Also new is a SMARC module called »SM-C93« with Intel's Atom x6000E series as well as Pentium, Celeron N and J processors. They are predestined for functional safety and IoT applications. The Qseven standard is served by the »Q7-C26« module. The NXP i.MX8 processor with sufficient M2M communication options is on board here.

AMD is not neglected either: With the »SBC-C90« with Ryzen-R1000 and V1000 processors, Seco brings AMD's graphics performance to edge computing, HMIs, and automation. In addition, the Italian manufacturer offers services such as pre-installation of application software, assembly of displays or mechanical parts.

The edge platforms are just one part of Seco's offering, which is complemented by software applications from a single source. The company accompanies its customers on the complete journey from Edge to AI, thus driving digital transformation.

Software for intelligent maintenance

In January, the Italian company also launched »Seco Mind«, a division dedicated to AI, IoT and data processing. The division recently launched »Clea«, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) for Industry 4.0 that collects data on-site, transfers it to the cloud and harnesses it through real-time analytics. Clea is a combination of the Easy Edge microcontroller and an AI suite. After ordering Clea, Seco retrofits the customer's machines with the microcontroller and makes the tool operational in a few weeks.

With Clea, it is possible to perform predictive maintenance on machines - fleet management and retrofits are also possible. The heart of the application, the microcontroller, runs on an ESP32-D0WD-V3 processor, internal 520 KB SRAM, mobile connectivity (LTE-M/NB-IoT/2G + Wi-Fi, BT), and low power consumption and geolocation. After implementation, the microcontroller is connected to the AI suite.

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