Advantech , Ampro and congatec, three leading embedded platform providers, have formed a new alliance to help promote the XTX standard for computer on modules.
Their goal is to provide existing ETX users with a logical and cost effective upgrade path that avoids large-scale carrier board redesign and provides access to the newest serial technologies such as PCI-Express, SATA and LPC.
All embedded industrial platform providers are invited to join the new XTX alliance in order to help drive and develop the specifications further.
XTX was developed by the above founding members to evolve the ETX standard and close the gap between ETX and COM Express.
XTX maintains the same mechanical dimensions and connectors so ETX solution developers can keep their existing carrier board and heat spreader designs giving them a quick, simple, risk-free way to upgrade to state-of-the-art technologies such as PCIe, SATA, LPC, ExpressCard, high definition audio and additional USB ports.
The XTX specification now offers the best upgrade path for legacy ETX solution developers by reducing risks and costs while speeding up development and market release time. Each alliance member brings to the specification many years of experience and expertise in the embedded industrial market field.
Jeff Chen, Advantech CEO, said "In addition to maintaining the commitment to develop SOM-ETX, Advantech has joined the alliance with Ampro and congatec in order to work on the XTX standard so that we can provide the most compatible and best price/performance solutions.”
Congatec’s target is to “provide customers a bridge between ETX and PCI Express," states Gerhard EDI, CTO. "[We] provide the customer with a solution that is fast to market and cost effective, which are two major points to consider when upgrading to new technologies."
Ampro CEO Joanne Mumola Williams said, "For 23 years, Ampro has earned a reputation for creating modular computing standards for the embedded market, such as PC/104, EBX, EPIC, and EPIC Express. Endorsing the XTX 2.0 specification signifies Ampro's intention to join other key suppliers to strengthen this new industry standard so that OEMs have a clean way to migrate to new processor and chipset technologies."