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ADLINK Plays Key Role in Rev. 2 of PICMG’s COM Express® Carrier Design Guide

Feb 03, 2014

Latest update now available for complimentary download on ADLINK & PICMG websites.

ADLINK Technology, Inc., a leading provider of embedded products and Executive Member of PICMG, today announced availability of Revision 2 of PICMG’s COM Express® Carrier Design Guide. The Design Guide was updated by a special PICMG subcommittee to reflect the new signals adopted with the PICMG COM.0 R2.1 specification, and includes design rules and guidance for the latest high-speed interfaces, including PCI Express Gen3, SuperSpeed USB, SATA 6Gb/s, and reference schematics for digital display interfaces (DDI) to support HMDI, DVI and DisplayPort outputs. The new guide is available for download without charge on both the PICMG and ADLINK websites.

Significant time and effort was spent on simulation of the newly adopted high-speed signals to ensure design rules that result in working carrier boards,” explained ADLINK’s CTO, Jeff Munch, who chaired the special PICMG subcommittee, keeping the process moving forward through final release of the latest document.

Revision 2 of PICMG’s COM Express Carrier Design Guide provides information for designing a custom system carrier board for COM Express modules. The Design Guide includes reference schematics for the external circuitry required to implement the various COM Express peripheral functions and explains how to extend the supported buses, as well as how to add peripherals and expansion slots to a COM Express-based system.

On-going updates are critical to enable full-featured designs using any open specification, particularly one as accepted in the embedded vendor community as COM Express,” said Joe Pavlat, president and chairman of the PICMG consortium. “We greatly appreciate the active participation of members like ADLINK to lead these efforts.

The Design Guide contains additional information, but does not replace PICMG's COM Express specification. For complete guidelines on the design of COM Express-compliant carrier boards and systems, refer also to the full COM Express specification at:


Founded in 1994 as the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group, PICMG is a consortium of over 250 companies that collaboratively develop open specifications for high performance telecommunications, military and industrial computing applications. For information about PICMG membership, or to find out how to obtain PICMG specifications, visit the PICMG website at or call PICMG headquarters at (781) 246-9318.

ADLINK Technology provides a wide range of embedded computing products and services to the test & measurement, automation & process control, gaming, communications, medical, network security, and transportation industries. ADLINK products include PCI Express-based data acquisition and I/O; vision and motion control; and AdvancedTCA®, CompactPCI®, and computer-on-modules (COMs) for industrial computing. With the acquisition of Ampro Computers, Inc. and LiPPERT Embedded Computers GmbH, ADLINK also provides a wide range of rugged by design Extreme Rugged™ and rugged product lines including single board computers, COMs and systems.

ADLINK strives to minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its customers by providing customization and system integration services, maintaining low manufacturing costs, and extending the lifecycle of its products. ADLINK is a global company with headquarters and manufacturing in Taiwan; R&D and integration in Taiwan, China, the US, and Germany; and an extensive network of worldwide sales and support offices.

ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO-13485 and TL9000 certified, is an Associate Member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance, an Executive Member of PICMG, a Sponsor Member of the PXI Systems Alliance, an Executive Member of the PC/104 Consortium, an initial member of SGeT (Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies), a Strategic Member of the AXIe Consortium, and a member of VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA). ADLINK is a publicly traded company listed on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange (stock code: 6166).

COM Express® is a registered trademark of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG). All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners in the US and other countries.

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