ADLINK Technology, Inc. has demonstrated with the ETX-BT module its support to customers who have designs based on the ETX computer-on-module form factor. ETX is one of the earliest computer-on-module form factors. With the recent discontinuation of the Intel Atom processor N270, many customers are searching for an ETX module replacement to keep their systems up and running.
They are in need of an ETX drop-in solution at both hardware and software levels (Intel-to-Intel) with equivalent or improved performance and a better thermal envelope to simplify the transition.
The problem is that customer’s current module suppliers may not have ETX on their roadmaps anymore. Since ETX is no longer a viable choice for completely new designs, many earlier manufacturers have moved on and dropped out of the ETX market.
ADLINK’s solution is the ETX-BT, based on the Intel Atom processor E3800 series SoC (formerly Bay Trail). This Intel Atom product family is possibly the last processor that can fully support all ETX legacy interfaces: PATA IDE, ISA bus, PCI bus, serial/parallel ports, VGA and LVDS (Hsync/Vsync mode).
The ETX-BT is available in both commercial (0°C to 60°C) and Extreme Rugged (-40°C to +85°C) versions and has a life cycle of 10 years, keeping in line with Intel’s warranted life cycle for the Intel Atom processor E3800 series of 15 years from release.