ETX, standing for Embedded Technology eXtended, was first developed by Kontron (formerly *JUMPtec) in the early 2000. It was defined legacy ISA and PCI buses I/O focus, and it is a highly integrated and compact (3.7 × 4.9 inches) (95 × 125 mm) computer-on-module (COM) form factor that can be used in a design application much like an integrated circuit component. Each ETX COM integrates core CPU and memory functionality, the common I/O of a PC/AT (serial, parallel, etc.), USB, audio, graphics, and Ethernet. All I/O signals are full implementation of ISA and PCI buses are mapped to four (X1-X2-X3-X4) high-density, low-profile connectors on the solder side of the module.
Details of ETX in their website http://www.etx-ig.org and key comparison with XTX and COM Express form-factor
|Dimensions||95 × 114 mm||95 × 114 mm |
|110 ×155 (extended) |
95 × 125 mm (basic)
95 x 95 (compact)
|Legacy1 support||Full legacy||Legacy except ISA||Legacy except ISA|
|PCI Express support||-||4 Lanes||up to 6 Lanes (basic)|
|PCI Express |
|-||-||up to 16 Lanes|
|IDE support||2 IDE, 2 SATA2||2 IDE, 4 SATA||IDE, 4 SATA|
|USB support||4 USB||6 USB||8 USB|
|Audio support||Line In/Out, Mic||AC'97, Line In/Out, Mic||AC'97, Line In/Out, |
Mic, AC'97 digital, HDA
|Power||5V, 5VSB||5V, 5VSB||12V, 5VSB|
1. "Legacy" is defined as the older PC peripherals and bus, such as ISA bus, RS-232 serial, IEEE 1284 parallel, floppy, and PS/2 keyboard & mouse.
2. ETX 3.0 adds SATA via a topside connector on the board.
NEXCOM developed a dedicate carrier board for our ETX module, which will be beneficial to our design partner (or developer) as Customer Reference Board (or CRB), we will provide all documentation as the standard interfaces, pin-defined for our COM developer could very quickly re-make I/O carrier board for their owned IP chassis with own-defined connector of their semi-/ full- customization system.