By DE Editors
Kontron has announced full support of the recently launched PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) COM Express COM.0 R 2.0 specification. As a member of PICMG, Kontron has been active in the development of the specification.
With the new revision of the COM Express specification, some innovations brought about by Kontron are now part of this industry standard, such as the COM Express compact form factor, which Kontron introduced in 2005 under the brand name “microETXexpress.” Furthermore, two new pin-out types (type 6 and type 10) are detailed in the new revision. While maintaining maximum compatibility to the existent pin-outs, these new pin-out types offer dedicated interfaces for digital displays and other future-oriented features.
An additional feature of the COM Express COM.0 Revision 2 specification is the creation and adoption of a sister specification EeeP (Embedded EEPROM Specification). EeeP facilitates describing the carrier functionality and embedding the system descriptor information (manufacturer, serial number, PCIe configuration, etc) on the carrier, simplifying system provisioning and maintenance in Multi Platform, Multi Vendor environments.
“With the new compact form factor and pin-outs defined in the COM Express COM.0 R 2.0 specification, we accomplished the implementation of all the features offered by the new processors into future-proof connector types. Customers can fully benefit from the enhanced graphics capabilities and on-board support for three dedicated digital display interfaces, plus the projected USB 3.0 interface, upgrade to PCI Express Gen 2, as well as from new serial interfaces. This accelerates the development of even more dedicated embedded platforms,” says Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron.
Kontron will soon launch new Computer-on-Modules with the newly defined pin-outs type 6 and 10. The upcoming type 6 module Kontron ETXexpress-AI will feature three dedicated digital display interfaces configurable to SDVO, DisplayPort, and HDMI/DVI for flexible display connection and a total of 23 PCI Express Gen 2 lanes, providing more native display options and higher serial bandwidth. Pin-out type 10 is especially predestined for use on ultra small Computer-on-Modules such as Kontron’s nanoETXexpress family, extending graphics capabilities with dual display support for the development of SFF designs for handheld applications.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.