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Boards Provide COMe Type 2 Drop-In Replacement Solutions

ADLINK Technology has announced two new COM Express Type 2 computer-on-module, based on 6th and 7th Gen Intel Core Processors (formerly “Skylake” and “Kaby Lake”). The new Express-SL2 and Express-KL2 (shown) modules support all Type 2 related legacy I/Os and thereby allow embedded systems developers to to extend the production life of existing Type 2 based systems for at least another 10 years.

The early COM Express Type 2 specification, supporting PATA IDE and PCI-bus, has been one of the most successful computer-on-module form factors since the PICMG COM.0 form factor’s inception in 2005, says ADLINK. Around 8 years ago more modern interfaces, such as HDMI and DisplayPort, appeared, and as a result, most new projects nowadays have transferred to the newer COM Express Type 6 pinout.

Type 2 however remains indispensable for many system integrators and OEMs that have ongoing production systems with carriers based on the COM Express Type 2 pinout. With the recent discontinuation of the hugely popular 3rd Gen Intel Core Processor (formerly “Ivy Bridge”), many system developers are in need of a new Type 2 module to keep existing systems up and running. They are in need of a drop-in solution at both hardware and software levels (Intel-to-Intel) with equivalent or improved performance and a better thermal envelope to simplify their transition. The new Express-SL2 and Express-KL2 Type 2 modules solve this problem.

The new Express-SL2 and Express-KL2 feature the 6th and 7th Gen Intel Core Processors (as well as Celeron and Xeon options) and support the Type 2 pinout with legacy interfaces such as PCI-bus, PATA, and VGA. In addition to hardware compatibility, the Express-SL2 and Express-KL2 support diverse operating systems including Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, WES 7, Embedded Linux through the industry standard Yocto Project ( ), Ubuntu LTS and CentOS. With legacy standard and essential software support, the Express-SL2 and Express-KL2 meet customer needs for a facilitated system migration with performance enhancement. The Express-SL2/KL2 is available in both commercial (0°C to 60°C) and Extreme Rugged (-40°C to +85°C) versions.

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Boards Provide COMe Type 2 Drop-In Replacement Solutions

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