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COM Express Computer-on-Modules Portfolio Supports COM.0 R 2.0

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 6:51am
COM Express Computer-on-Modules Portfolio Supports COM.0 R 2.0Kontron offers 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 COM Express COM.0 R 2.0 specification. The new COM Express specification COM.0 Revision 2 further leverages the development of applications, improving time-to-market and TCO.

With the new revision of the COM Express specification, many innovations brought about by Kontron are now officially part of this industry standard, such as the COM Express compact form factor, which Kontron introduced in 2005 under the brand name “microETXexpress.“ This smaller footprint for COM Express modules already is widely accepted by the market. 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. The new revision defines, with EAPI, a uniform software interface for the board and module management. Kontron customers who used the Kontron K-station software tool kit and library are already familiar with most of the functionality of EAPI. 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.

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