According to latest reports from the renowned market research company, VDC, COM Express Computer-on-Modules with the COM Express Type 1 connector will attain an annual growth of 70 percent and secure a market share of 21 percent in 2010. This confirms the high market acceptance of the nanoETXexpress credit card sized small form factor that was initiated by Kontron and is the most prominent representative of this connector type.
“We are seeing a high demand for small form factors. This is being driven by applications which are making use of smaller COMs based on low power architectures such as the Intel Atom processors,” explains Eric Heikkila, Director Embedded Hardware & Systems at VDC. In this regard, VDC recommends monitoring the development of smaller COM Express footprints. nanoETXexpress is the only credit card sized Computer-on-Module specification with the COM Express Type 1 compatible connector.
COM Express Type 1 and 2 will gain a market share of 93 percent according to VDC, making them the de facto standard within the COM Express specification. Kontron is one of the leading forces in this market and, with its product range of nanoETXexpress, microETXexpress (COM Express Type 2 compatible) and COM Express modules, meets the most important market requirements as recognised by VDC.
In the area of Computer-on-Modules, VDC recommends investing mainly in COM Express, as COM Express has the technically most mature Computer-on-Modules architecture and offers the highest performance. The fact that investments, for example in Qseven, are not so secure and perhaps could even be made in vain, is reflected, amongst other things, in current developments at the MXM-Special Interest Group.
“The MXM Connector, which Qseven uses and is mainly used in the area of graphics, is now – on the publication of MXM 3.0 specification – out of date because it is not mechanically compatible with the connector used with the new MXM 3.0 Type A or B modules. There is therefore technically and economically no reason to leave the extremely safe harbor of COM Express,” says Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron.
More information about COM Express: www.kontron.com/products/computeronmodules/com+express/
More information about nanoETXexpress: www.kontron.com/products/computeronmodules/com+express/nanoetxexpress/
More information about microETXexpress: www.kontron.com/products/computeronmodules/com+express/microetxexpress/
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