Three years after the 2004 launch of the ETXexpress specification, which has become the PICMG COM Express (COM.0) standard, Kontron defines a new footprint variant of the Computer-On-Modules (COMs) standard: nanoETXexpress. The nanoETXexpress specification is targeted to deliver extremely power-saving COMs with mid to high performance x86 technology on a footprint that is a mere 55 mm x 84 mm. This is 39 percent of the original COM Express module Basic form factor 125 x 95 mm footprint and 51 percent of microETXexpress (95mm x 95mm). This new COM form factor follows the PICMG COM Express standard and will be 100 percent compliant with the COM.0 Type 1 connector. The locations of the identically mapped pin-outs will also be 100 percent COM.0 compliant.
The goal of nanoETXexpress specification is to build PCIe-based COMs on the smallest possible form factor. Many new applications that will benefit from the nano-size include hand-held units for medical, mobile data solutions and other emerging applications that have not been possible as of yet due to size restrictions.
“The nanoETXexpress specification will provide the ideal footprint for future applications, bearing in mind that forthcoming processor and system-on-chip (SoC) technology will be delivered in 45nm technology and beyond,” stated Dirk Finstel, CTO Embedded Modules Division, Kontron.
The specification, documentation for nanoETXexpress will be available under a non-disclosure agreement in Q4 2007. Kontron plans to launch its first nanoETXexpress based COM in Q2 2008.
Kontron designs and manufactures standard-based and custom embedded and mobile rugged solutions for OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontron’s diverse product portfolio includes: Computer-on-Modules, SBCs/blades, open-modular platforms and systems, HMIs, mobile rugged workstations, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel(R) Communications Alliance and was awarded 2006 Intel Member of the Year. The company is a recent three-time VDC Platinum vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol “KBC”.
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