SMT, PCB Electronics Industry News
  • SMTnet
  • »
  • Industry News
  • »
  • ADLINK Plays Key Role in Update of PICMGs COM Express Standard and Associated Type 7 Pinout

ADLINK Plays Key Role in Update of PICMGs COM Express Standard and Associated Type 7 Pinout

Jul 28, 2016

New pinout design leverages low power, high performance processing and adds 10 GbE capabilities to industry-leading small form factor specification.

ADLINK Technology, Inc., a leading provider of embedded building blocks and Application-ready Intelligent Platforms (ARIPs) for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and an Executive Member of PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG®), announced release of the new Type 7 pinout that is included in PICMG’s COM Express® standard update to version 3.0. The new Type 7 pinout was defined to leverage contemporary low power, server-grade silicon and introduce 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) capabilities to the computer-on-module (COM) form factor. Customer applications benefitting from the Type 7 pinout include space-constrained systems in industrial automation and data communication, such as virtualization and edge computing, that require high density CPU cores balanced by reasonable power consumption.

ADLINK has played a leading role in the PICMG subcommittee that is currently defining the new COM Express 3.0 specification. The committee, which started its work in late 2015, is chaired by ADLINK’s Jeff Munch, CTO of Americas, and benefitted from the considerable efforts of ADLINK’s team of technical contributors. The preview of the Type 7 pinout definition allows module manufacturers and customers to start designs before the full COM Express 3.0 specification is published, which is expected to be the end of Q3 2016.

ADLINK has worked closely with fellow PICMG members to develop this latest module specification and pinout definitions to further extend the reach and usefulness of COM Express for evolving communications and automation applications,” said Alex Wang, ADLINK product manager. “The Type 7 pinout offers one more option to designers who are tasked with developing server-grade solutions that are easily upgradable and scalable and fit into compact spaces.

The COM Express standard’s new Type 7 pinout, as compared to the Type 6 pinout, does away with all graphics support and replaces it with up to four 10GbE ports and an additional eight PCI Express (PCIe) ports, bringing the total PCIe support to up to 32 PCIe lanes. The Type 7 pinout has been specifically tailored to leverage all the functions of low power, headless server-grade System-on-Chips (SoCs) with a TDP below 65 Watts. In addition, the Type 7 pinout brings out 10GBase-KR signals, meaning the carrier board designer can choose between KR-to-KR, KR-to-optical fiber or KR-to-copper. A Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI) bus is also supported, allowing for Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Board Management Controller (BMC) support on the carrier board.

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 preview of PICMG’s COM Express 3.0 Type 7 pinout definition is available for download to PICMG members on the PICMG website at https://www.picmg.org/.


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 http://www.picmg.org or call PICMG headquarters at (781) 246-9318.

ADLINK Technology is enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) with innovative embedded computing solutions for edge devices, intelligent gateways and cloud services. ADLINK’s products are application-ready for industrial automation, communications, medical, defense, transportation, and infotainment industries. Our product range includes motherboards, blades, chassis, modules, and systems based on industry standard form factors, as well as an extensive line of test & measurement products and smart touch computers, displays and handhelds that support the global transition to always connected systems. Many products are Extreme Rugged, supporting extended temperature ranges, shock and vibration.

ADLINK Technology is a Premier member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. The company is also active in several standards organizations, including PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG), PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA), and Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGeT).

ADLINK is a global company with headquarters in Taiwan and manufacturing in Taiwan and China; 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 and is publicly traded on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange (stock code: 6166).

Sep 20, 2017 -

ADLINK Technology invites clients to join the MEC Congress 2017

Sep 19, 2017 -

ADLINK Technology Showcasing Latest Rugged Embedded Railway Solutions at Major European Railway Exhibitions TRAKO, Expo Ferroviaria and Nordic Rail

Sep 07, 2017 -

ADLINK Introduces High-Performance Combination of PCI/104-Express Type 1 (PCIe x16) Stackable Bus Structure and 6th Gen Intel® CoreTM Processors in Latest Single Board Computer

Sep 07, 2017 -

ADLINK Technology Invites To Join New-Tech's IOT Embedded & Microprocessors 2017

Aug 16, 2017 -

ADLINK Introduces MVP-6010/6020 Series of Expandable Fanless Embedded Computers with Four Expansion Slots

May 22, 2017 -

ADLINK Open Compute Project Specification Approved for Carrier Grade CG-OpenRack-19

Apr 10, 2017 -

ADLINK Launches cPCI-6630 6U CompactPCI® Processor Blade with 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor

Mar 09, 2017 -

ADLINK Introduces Ready-to-Go Smart Camera with MVTec MERLIC

Mar 01, 2017 -

ADLINK Technology Highlights COM, Cloud and Computing Technology for the Industrial Internet of Things at Embedded World 2017

Feb 01, 2017 -

An Invitation to ICE Totally gaming Exhibition 2017 in London, Booth N1-224

91 more news from ADLINK Technology, Inc. »

Oct 19, 2017 -

Juki Automation Systems Awards Quantum Systems ‘Representative of the Year –Best Performance’

Oct 19, 2017 -

Logic PD to Exhibit Medical Market Successes at MD&M Minneapolis 2017

Oct 18, 2017 -

Horizon Sales Earns Juki Sales Awards

Oct 18, 2017 -

MarTec Receives Outstanding Achievement Award from Juki Automation Systems

Oct 18, 2017 -

Engineered Material Systems Introduces New UV-Cured Adhesive for Bonding Lens Holders in Camera Modules

Oct 18, 2017 -

Keith Bryant to Present on Behalf of YXLON International at productronica

Oct 18, 2017 -

Metcal makes strategic move in industrial ingenuity – Learn more at productronica

Oct 18, 2017 -

Sono-Tek to Introduce New SelectaFlux-A System at productronica 2017

Oct 18, 2017 -

Aegis Software Brings “The Smarter Perspective” on Industry 4.0 MES Technology to Productronica

Oct 18, 2017 -

IPC Hand Soldering Competition Winner Crowned at IFTEC in Paris

See electronics manufacturing industry news »

ADLINK Plays Key Role in Update of PICMGs COM Express Standard and Associated Type 7 Pinout news release has been viewed 423 times

  • SMTnet
  • »
  • Industry News
  • »
  • ADLINK Plays Key Role in Update of PICMGs COM Express Standard and Associated Type 7 Pinout
PCB Rework / Repair Services

Used PCB Equipment - AdoptSMT