ComX standardization goes beyond hardware modules

May 10, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Embedded computer modules provider congatec is extending its standardization efforts with ComX, going beyond the current specifications for computer-on-modules.

This ComX standardization initiative targets two pillars, the API and middleware standardization including APIs for IoT Gateways or embedded features of COM Express Type 7 server-on-modules as well as approved circuit diagrams and logic for demanded carrier board implementations such as FPGA integration, switching logic for USB-C, or for SMART battery logic.

"Significant improvements for design efficiency are highly demanded by embedded and IoT system engineers, who are faced with the design challenge of having to deliver more new product designs in the same or even shorter time frames. They can meet these challenges by switching from full custom, single PCB designs to more flexible designs based on application ready computer-on-modules. We can boost this efficiency even more, by offering an additional standardization on top of the computer-on-module centric specifications", explains Christian Eder, director marketing at congatec and draft editor of various PICMG and SGET specifications.

For custom specific designs, computer-on-modules deliver the vendor independent, standardized and application ready computing core, thereby making the realization of individual board configurations far less time consuming. By utilizing computer-on-modules engineers can immediately equip their designs with the latest processor technology, with the additional benefit that the modules come not only as components but also with comprehensive driver support, which is mainly focused on the module functions.

The goal of the ComX standard is to establish an additional design-in and API standardization on top of the core standards to further simplify the development of customers' dedicated applications based on standardized embedded computing building blocks.

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