Remember the popular Miller Lite commercials that promise a great tasting beer that won’t fill you up? That message resonated with consumers because it promised “everything you always wanted in a beer.” And, of course, the ads were great.
COM Express designs offer a similar choice in computer systems: the technical advantages of a custom design without the high cost and long development cycle. Pretty big claim, so how does this work?
The concept of using a Computer on Module (COM) was developed as an alternative design architecture that combines important benefits of custom and off-the-shelf systems. COM Express systems use an off-the-shelf COM module that supplies the core, high-speed functionality found in most PCs (processor, chipset, video, memory, Ethernet, USB) married to a custom designed “carrier board” with all connectors, power, and application specific I/O. Although there is still some design effort required for the carrier board, time to market is greatly shortened compared to a true custom computer system while delivering the same exact match to the electrical and mechanical application requirements.
The benefits of COM Express systems are numerous and include:
- Fast Time to Market
- Scalability for Easy Upgrade
- Application Specific I/O
- Flexible Mechanical Configuration
- Vibration Resistant
- Long Term Availability and Support
- Superior Lifecycle Management