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New XTX alliance formed by leading industrial computer providers

9 August 2006 News

Advantech, congatec and Ampro Computers, three leading embedded platform providers, have announced a new alliance to help promote the XTX standard for computer-on-modules. The goal is to provide existing ETX users with a logical and cost effective upgrade path that avoids large-scale carrier board redesign and provides access to the newest serial technologies such as PCI-Express, SATA and LPC. All embedded industrial platform providers are invited to join the new XTX alliance in order to help drive and develop the specification further.

The XTX standard

XTX was developed to evolve the ETX standard and close the gap between ETX and COM Express. Customers looking for a logical and cost effective upgrade path from ETX to high performance I/Os can now choose the XTX form factor rather than re-engineer their designs. XTX maintains the same mechanical dimensions and connectors so ETX solution developers can keep their existing carrier board and heat spreader designs, giving them a quick, simple, risk-free way to upgrade to state-of-the-art technologies such as PCIe, SATA, LPC, ExpressCard, high definition audio and additional USB ports. The XTX specification now offers the best upgrade path for legacy ETX solution developers by reducing risks and costs while speeding up development and market release time. Each alliance member brings to the specification many years of experience and expertise in the embedded industrial market field.

"In addition to maintaining the commitment to develop SOM-ETX, Advantech has joined the alliance with Ampro and congatec in order to work on the XTX standard so that we can provide the most compatible and best price/performance solutions. By adapting XTX, our SOM-ETX customers can easily upgrade to state-of-the-art processors and chipset solutions that support high performance I/O technologies such as PCI-Express and SATA while keeping the original form factor," said Jeff Chen, Advantech CTO.



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