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Advantech, Congatec, Ampro partner to promote XTX standard

Posted: 09 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:alliance? XTX? standard? ETX? PCI Express?

Embedded platform providers Advantech, Congatec and Ampro Computers Inc. announced an alliance to help promote the XTX standard for computer on modules. The goal is to provide existing ETX users with an effective upgrade path that avoids large-scale carrier board redesign and provides access to the newest serial technologies such as PCI-Express, serial ATA and LPC.

XTX was developed to evolve the ETX standard and close the gap between ETX and COM Express. XTX is said to maintain the same mechanical dimensions and connectors so ETX solution developers can keep their existing carrier board and heat spreader designs.

According to Jeff Chen, Advantech CTO, XTX allows SOM-ETX customers to upgrade to the latest processors and chipset solutions that support high performance I/O technologies such as PCI-Express and serial ATA while keeping the original form factor.

XTX is said to combine all the advantages of ETX and extends them to include PCIe and other industrial features with less redesign risk to customers' own carrier boards.

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