Adlink announces COM Express Type 2 drop-in replacement

Designed to be a drop-in replacement for existing systems, the Express-SL2/KL2 is a COM Express Type 2 module from Adlink Technology.

It is based on the sixth/seventh Gen Intel Core processors (formerly Skylake and Kaby Lake). The Express-SL2/KL2 module supports all Type 2 related legacy I/Os, assures Adlink, to allow customers 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 Alex Wang, product manager at Adlink. It is widely used in industrial automation, transportation and specialty device markets. As HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces appeared, new projects have transferred to the newer COM Express Type 6 pinout, explains Wang.

Type 2 remains indispensable for many system integrators and OEMs that have ongoing production systems with carriers based on the COM Express Type 2 pinout, maintains Adlink. Particularly since Intel discontinued the popular third General Intel Core processor (Ivy Bridge), customers have been requesting a new Type 2 module to keep existing systems operational. These customers need 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, explains Wang, introducing Express-SL2/KL2 Type 2 module as the solution to this problem.

The Express-SL2/KL2 features the sixth/seventh Gen Intel Core processors, and Celeron and Xeon options. It supports the Type 2 pinout with legacy interfaces such as PCI-bus, PATA, and VGA.

It also supports Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, WES 7, Embedded Linux operating systems through the industry standard Yocto Project, Ubuntu LTS and CentOS.

Adlink says that it hopes to help customers make a successful transition from other vendor’send of line COM Express Type 2 modules. Adlink pledges to support customers with system bring-up, possible back porting of software, BIOS modifications, and whatever else is needed to make the changeover to the new module as smooth as possible.

The Express-SL2/KL2 is available in both commercial (0 to 60 degrees C) and Extreme Rugged (-40 to +85 degrees C) versions.

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