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  Date:2nd Nov 2011

Emerson, Freescale and Kontron collaborate on I/O connectivity in COM Express

Emerson Network Power, Freescale and Kontron have collaborated to expand I/O connectivity options for the COM Express specification of advanced processing technologies such as Freescale's QorIQ AMP products into the popular form factor.

The PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) standard for COM Express is suitable for a limited range of processor architectures. Collaboration between Emerson Network Power, Freescale and Kontron has expanded I/O connectivity options by establishing a new pin out definition for modules that are compatible with COM Express mechanical requirements.
The new pin out definition allows implementations to make use of Freescale's QorIQ AMP and P Series products, including the T4240 processor.

"The collaboration of Freescale, Emerson Network Power and Kontron has proven to be extremely beneficial in developing this pin out for the popular COM Express standard," said Brett Butler, vice president and general manager for Freescale's Networking Processor Division. "We recognized that customers wanted alternative architectures on this form factor, and the collaboration was able to bring this to market quickly."

"While we are pleased with the initial definition and acceptance of a pin out for COM Express that we defined with Freescale, we recognize that the newer generation of processors from Freescale provides an opportunity to create more functionality, flexibility and quicker time to market," said Shlomo Pri-Tal, chief technology officer of Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing business. "Working with Kontron and Freescale made this new definition come together quickly."

"We have a proven track record in setting standards in the Computer on Modules market and a long-standing relationship with Emerson Network Power in a number of standards bodies," said Dirk Finstel, chief technology officer of Kontron. "It was a natural fit to work with Emerson Network Power and Freescale to provide the market alternatives on the popular COM Express form factor. Freescale's presence in Aerospace and Defense, networking and telecom markets provides greater opportunity for the compatible COM Express modules."

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