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ETX, XTX modules from congatec receive life cycle extension

26 Jan 2016

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congatec AG has announced the extension to life cycle of their AMD processor-based ETX and XTX computer modules. The conga-ELX, conga-ELXeco and conga-XLX modules launched in 2005 and 2007 with AMD Geode LX 800 500MHz processors, will be supported at least until the end of 2019, extending the module availability from the usual seven years to 12-14 years. This effectively doubles the standard availability of embedded x86 processor technology.

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With at least four additional years of module availability, OEMs benefit from further return on investment on their PCI- and ISA bus-based individual designs, which were developed and brought to the market about 10 years ago. Retro designs for discontinued modules are also possible as the ETX specification is standardised and allows the use of processor modules from other manufacturers. In cases such as these, congatec offers personal integration support to simplify the design-in as far as possible for OEMs. Typical retro designs are found mainly in industrial control applications as well as HMI and thin clients using serial ports and/or field buses that were often connected via legacy interfaces such as the ISA bus.

The long-term support until 2019 for AMD Geode LX 800 processor-based ETX and XTX computer modules is possibly record-breaking in the history of x86 processors for open standard computer-on-modules, the company noted.

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