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ADLINK plays key role in update of PICMG's COM
Express® Standard and Associated Type 7 Pinout

ADLINK Technology, Inc., a leading provider of embedded building blocks and Application-ready Intelligent Platforms (ARIPs) for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and an Executive Member of PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG®), have released a new Type 7 pinout that is included in PICMG's COM Express® standard update to version 3.0. The new Type 7 pinout was defined to leverage contemporary low power, server-grade silicon and introduce 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) capabilities to the computer-on-module (COM) form factor. Customer applications benefitting from the Type 7 pinout include space-constrained systems in industrial automation and data communication, such as virtualization and edge computing, that require high density CPU cores balanced by reasonable power consumption.

ADLINK has played a leading role in the PICMG subcommittee that is currently defining the new COM Express 3.0 specification. The committee, which started its work in late 2015, is chaired by ADLINK's Jeff Munch, CTO of Americas, and benefitted from the considerable efforts of

ADLINK's team of technical contributors. The preview of the Type 7 pinout definition allows module manufacturers and customers to start designs before the full COM Express 3.0 specification is published, which is expected to be the end of Q3 2016.

"ADLINK has worked closely with fellow PICMG members to develop this latest module specification and pinout definitions to further extend the reach and usefulness of COM Express for evolving communications and automation applications," said Wang. "The Type 7 pinout offers one more option to designers who are tasked with developing server-grade solutions that are easily upgradable and scalable and fit into compact spaces."

The COM Express standard's new Type 7 pinout, as compared to the Type 6 pinout, does away with all graphics support and replaces it with up to four 10GbE ports and an additional eight PCI Express (PCIe) ports, bringing the total PCIe support to up to 32 PCIe lanes. The Type 7 pinout has been specifically tailored to leverage all the functions of low power, headless server-grade System-on-Chips (SoCs) with a TDP below 65 Watts. In addition, the Type 7 pinout brings out 10GBase-KR signals, meaning the carrier board designer can choose between KR-to-KR, KR-to-optical fiber or KR-to-copper. A Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI) bus is also supported, allowing for Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Board Management Controller (BMC) support on the carrier board.

"On-going updates are critical to enable full-featured designs using any open specification, particularly one as accepted in the embedded vendor community as COM Express," said Joe Pavlat, president and chairman of the PICMG consortium. "We greatly appreciate the active participation of members like ADLINK to lead these efforts."

The preview of PICMG's COM Express 3.0 Type 7 pinout definition is available for download to PICMG members on the PICMG website at: www.picmg.org

PICMG in profile
Founded in 1994 as the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group, PICMG is a consortium of over 250 companies that collaboratively develop open specifications for high performance telecommunications, military and industrial computing applications. For information about

PICMG membership, or to find out how to obtain PICMG specifications, view website: http://www.picmg.org

ADLINK Technology in profile
ADLINK Technology provides a wide range of embedded computing products and services to the test & measurement, automation & process control, gaming, communications, medical, network security, and transportation industries. ADLINK products include PCI Express-based data acquisition and I/O; vision and motion control; and AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, and computer-on-modules (COMs) for industrial computing. With the acquisition of Ampro Computers, Inc. and LiPPERT Embedded Computers GmbH, ADLINK also provides a wide range of rugged by design Extreme Rugged™ and Rugged product lines including single board computers, COMs and systems. 

ADLINK strives to minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its customers by providing customization and system integration services, maintaining low manufacturing costs, and extending the lifecycle of its products. ADLINK is a global company with headquarters and manufacturing in Taiwan; R&D and integration in Taiwan, China, the US, and Germany; and an extensive network of worldwide sales and support offices.

ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO-13485 and TL9000 certified, is an Associate Member of the Intel® Intelligent System Alliance, an Executive Member of PICMG, a Sponsor Member of the PXI Systems Alliance, an Executive Member of PC/104 Consortium, and a Strategic Member of the AXIe Consortium. ADLINK is a publicly traded company listed on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange (stock code: 6166).

For further information about the ADLINK Smart Touch Computer, view website: http://www.adlinktech.com/smart-panel/index.php 
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