DAGGENDORF, Germany Kontron has set up a joint marketing activity with Advantech and ADLink to promote the ETXexpress product brand to the embedded market.
Kontron and Advantech already jointly support the COM standard ETX but this is the first cooperation on such scale for Kontron and ADLink.
The cooperation covers combined brand marketing, shared use of trade names, and ensures ETXexpress branded products follow the defined standard.
Kontron introduced the new module standard with Intel in November 2003, with a group working on the standard development and definition that included PICMG integration.
Kontron is looking for more market leaders to validate, collaborate and manufacture ETXexpress solutions, creating wider market acceptance and faster market penetration and growth.
ETXexpress will support up to 8 PCI Express x1 Lanes and PCI Express Graphics as well as established hardware solutions based on current busses such as 32-bit PCI and ISA bus (via a LPC). A 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port provides fast connectivity to LAN/WAN and up to 8 x USB 2.0 provide fast interfaces for external drives/flash, keyboard, mice and other peripherals.
ETXexpress modules also provide interfaces that are always located in the same physical position on each board, guaranteeing scalability between modules. These include serial ATA, parallel ATA, LVDS Multi Media ports as well as an ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) for optimized power management.