ETX Computer-on-Modules drop-in to replace obsolete x86-based designs

July 22, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
ICOP Technology’s (Taiwan) VDX3-ETX is a DM&P Vortex86 DX3 processor-based ETX Computer-on-Module. OEMs can deploy the fully ETX 3.0-compliant dual core computer module with up to 1.0 GHz clock frequency into all existing ETX-based applications to substitute older x86 processors that are currently being discontinued, securing field deployment of ISA and PCI bus-based applications for at least another seven years.

Existing investments to be secured in the long term without any change in the ETX-based hardware design. With the launch of this ETX module, ICOP says it also supports the long-term availability of the world's first computer-on-module standard, which was first introduced in 2000 and is maintained by the manufacturer-independent ETX-IG (ETX Interest Group).

ICOP Technology's ETX module supports the entire bandwidth of legacy interfaces as defined by the ETX specification including fully compatible ISA and PCI bus, serial interfaces, IDE/PATA interfaces as well as PS/2 for keyboard and mouse. It extends the functionality of VDX3-ETX computer module to include ETX 3.0-compliant interfaces for USB and native SATA, so that current state-of-the-art interface options are supported.

Despite its construction for completely fanless system designs, the ICOP Technology VDX3-ETX module provides powerful graphics and supports a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz. Application fields can be found in digital signage, kiosk and POS/POI systems as well as the transportation sector where, for example, powerful upgrades can be carried out on ticketing and vending machine. For applications such as these in harsh environments, the module also supports extended temperature ranges of -20°C to + 70°C. More applications can be found in industrial automation and numerous other embedded designs, including real-time applications. In line with the very varied applications, the module supports a wide range of operating systems - from DOS to Windows CE6.0, CE7.0, Windows 7, WES7, Windows XP Professional, Windows Embedded Standard (XPe), POS Ready (WePOS) and Embedded Linux, X-Linux and Linux right up to QNX (BSP), VxWorks (BSP) and FreeBSD.

The module hosts the highly-integrated DM&P Vortex86 DX3 system-on-chip processor and provides up to 2 GB of RAM and ETX 3.0 compliant interface options, including 4x USB 2.0 and 1x SATA. The graphics support 1920 x 1080 full HD at 60 Hz and two display interfaces for either VGA and LVDS or dual channel LVDS are