Article by Earle Foster
(Reprinted from Military Embedded Systems, October 2011)
Military system designers often struggle with finding COTS technologies that can meet critical application requirements. Custom designs almost always offer the best opportunity to create an optimized design, but time to market and design costs can be prohibitive. A hybrid architecture using a Computer on Module (COM) for the core processing functionality with a custom carrier board for application specific I/O can offer the best of both worlds. This approach eliminates the time and risk associated with a custom processor design while the less complex carrier board provides the advantages of a purpose-built design.
A COM Express module and custom carrier board provide the advantages of custom solutions with the convenience of COTS. Read more about design flexibility, reliability improvements and design control advantages of a COM Express carrier board design. Download the PDF file below.