According to latest reports from the market research company, VDC, COM Express Computer-on-Modules with the COM Express Type 1 connector, available from Kontron Australia , will attain an annual growth of 70% and secure a market share of 21% 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 prominent representative of this connector type.
According to Eric Heikkila, Director, Embedded Hardware & Systems, VDC, they 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. 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%, according to VDC, making them the standard within the COM Express specification. Kontron with their product range of nanoETXexpress, microETXexpress (COM Express type 2 compatible) and COM Express modules, meets the important market requirements as recognised by VDC.
In the area of Computer-on-Modules, VDC recommend investing mainly in COM Express, as COM Express has the technically most mature Computer-on-Modules architecture and offer the high performance. The fact that investments, for example in Qseven, are not so secure and perhaps could even be made in vain, is reflected, among other things, in current developments at the MXM-Special Interest Group.