Advantech to Support ETX 3.0 Standard

The ETX(R) 3.0 standard initiated by Kontron is growing again. Advantech, one of the founding member of the original ETX standard, has agreed to support the ETX 3.0 upgrade and work with Kontron on the upcoming ETX 3.01 revision of the specification.

ETX 3.0 Computer-on-Module Standard

The updated version of the proven ETX(R) Computer-on-Module Standard is now supported by ten leading global vendors, including Kontron, Advantech, MSC, Evalue, Adlink, Seco, Aaeon, Arbor, Axiomtek and Blue Chip Technology. More providers of ETX modules also plan to support ETX 3.0 in the near future.

ETX 3.0 introduces 2x Serial ATA compatibility without changing the established ETX pin configuration, making new modules 100 percent pin-to-pin backward compatible with previous versions and ensuring long-term support for the vast number of embedded application solutions based on these already highly integrated COMs. Applications based on ETX COMs range from automation, medical, gaming and entertainment, to military and aerospace.

“Advantech is one of the founding members of the ETX Industrial Group initiated in 2001: we are delighted to support the updated ETX 3.01 specification, which includes parallel TTL display interface compatibility as an option,” says Jeff Chen, Chief Technology Officer of Advantech. “In order to prevent customers who use TTL to suffer the incompatibility problem that developed with the ETX 2.7 revision, Advantech supports ETX 3.01 and its later version to include the TTL spec as reference in board manual and design guide, therefore Advantech can keep backward compatibility for many of our existing customers who use TTL.”

“ETX 3.0 adds real value to the embedded market’s most established Computer-On-Module standard – ETX,” comments Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron Embedded Modules. “It is for this reason that even more vendors are expected to support ETX 3.0 soon. The rollout of ETX 3.0 will be the fastest de facto standardization process the embedded computing industry has ever seen – and it will encompass all of the world’s major COM vendors and markets.”

Kontron, Advantech, and other members of the ETX Industrial Group have adopted ETX 3.0 with the intention of keeping this genuine standard viable, undiluted and reliable until at least 2010. Additional modules built around dual-core processors and others from Intel(R), AMD(R), and VIA(R) are planned for release over the course of this year, with more to follow in future. To obtain a copy of the ETX 3.01 specification, contact a local Kontron office or visit the ETX Industrial Group website. A downloadable version of the specification will be available in the near future.

About Advantech
Founded in 1983, Advantech is a global leading ePlatform service provider integrating web-based technology, computing platforms and customization services that empower the connected eWorld. Advantech cooperates closely with system integrators to enable them in providing complete solutions for a wide array of applications in various industries. Advantech delivers more than a thousand products and solutions under 3 main categories: Embedded & Applied Computing, Industrial and Network Computing, and eAutomation. With the combined talent of more than 2,000 people, Advantech operates an extensive support, sales and marketing network in 16 countries and 28 major cities to deliver fast time-to-market services to our worldwide customers.

Kontron will be present on the following trade shows:

HET instrument, Netherlands, Oct 30 – Nov 03, 2006, booth Texim/ Koning and Hartman
electronica 2006, Germany, Nov 14 – 17, 2006, hall A6, booth A6.706
ComPaMED, Germany, Nov 15 – 17, 2006, hall 8, booth M11
SPS/IPC/DRIVES, Germany, Nov 28 – 30, 2006, hall 7, booth 7-306

About Kontron
A global leader in embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators, and application providers in the: automation, test and measurement, communications, medical, gaming and entertainment, military, aerospace, transportation, and energy markets. The company helps its customers considerably reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage with products including: high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, human-machine interfaces, and mobile rugged computers and displays. Kontron employs more than 2,300 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol “KBC”. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel(R) Communications Alliance which means it has the earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support.