Kontron has unveiled a proposal for a next-generation, small form-factor, embedded computer-on-module (COM) standard. Dubbed nanoETXexpress, it has a footprint just 39 percent of the PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) COM Express standard.
The nanoETXexpress design derives from 2003’s ETXexpress, created by Kontron and later adopted as the PICMG COM Express standard. In 2006, Kontron introduced a cut-down version of COM Express known as microETXexpress.
All three COMs share the same baseboard interface connector design and pinout, and have overlapping mechanical assemblies, as illustrated in the image.
Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron’s embedded modules division, said “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.”
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