The credit card-sized nanoETXexpress Computer-on-Module form factor (84 x 55mm) for developing ultra-mobile mini-devices based on x86 processors in 45nm technology now has its own dedicated website at www.nanoetxexpress.com, from where the specification and carrier board design guidelines can be downloaded.
This new dedicated website is said to have the following objectives:
- Update the PICMG COM Express specification to better address the needs of ultra-mobile, handheld applications.
- Key information portal providing all relevant information on the new, open COM Express COM.0 Type 1 compatible Computer-on-Module standard – nanoETXexpress.
- As a manufacturer-independent website, it will cater for all nanoETXexpress offerings from all manufacturers, thereby underlining the openness of the new form factor. It will also be the main source for documentation on the evolution of the specification. Developers can receive all the latest updates by subscribing to the news alert system that will be implemented soon.
- Developers of mobile x86 devices are urged to review the information provided on this site as a means of assisting them with the new challenges they face in creating systems. The website offers valuable information on, for example, handling more concentrated heat sources, building Smart Battery Management Systems and integrating various displays with standard software when the screens only offer, for example, 800 x 400 pixels. The nanoETXexpress knowledge base (currently in development) will answer these questions and more.
By utilising the latest web technologies, the new site will enable nanoETXexpress experts to respond quickly to customers' questions with precise answers. By providing a knowledgebase containing all the relevant information required for designing mobile devices with COMs, hardware and software developers will have a real-time online information resource as well as a community of nanoETXexpress users and designers.
In addition to online content, Kontron (the founding member of the COM-IG and inventor of the nanoETXexpress form factor) also offers comprehensive seminars and company-specific training on developing carrier boards. This programme is now being expanded to address the needs of developers of mobile handheld devices.