These are mezzanine formats intended to simplify the implementation of a PC within a larger piece of equipment. ETX, Qseven (Q7) and Com-Express are industry standard formats available from a number of different manufacturers. For each format a standard carrier motherboard is available for development purposes. In a typical finished product the OEM would produce their own carrier enabling space, shape and interface considerations to be taken into account.
The benefit is that the complex CPU design with its’ incumbent sourcing, obsolescence and BIOS issues are taken care of by the specialist board supplier. Additionally updating to a later CPU is possible without re-designing the whole system.
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- BVM invests in additional design, system integration and manufacturing resources
- Custom Design - Whole or part?
- Custom Motherboard Designs using Computer On Modules
- Why Computer On Modules are a valuable asset when used with caution
- The Design Process