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
"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