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New RTX Open Standard Form Factor for Rugged Computer-On-Module Development- Supported by Advantech, AAEON, Avalue, ARM, NXP and Texas Instruments

3/29/2016
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Advantech, along with AAEON, Avalue, ARM, NXP and Texas Instruments (TI), today announced their collaboration on a new open form factor: RTX (Rugged Technology eXtended). RTX is a compact and robust ARM-based Computer-On-Module (COM) specification for industrial applications, with 2.0 mm PCB thickness and four board-to-board connectors, it offers a solid and standardized platform with better anti-shock and anti-vibration capabilities. The 400-pin high I/O expandability, along with the wide-range power input and wide operating temperature range, makes RTX is an innovative form factor for ruggedized applications.

Miller Chang, VP of Advantech Embedded Computing Group, said that rugged applications will be one of the main streams of IoT implementation. “It’s challenging to design a rugged platform in a compact size with strong mechanical characteristics. RTX is an innovative technology for ARM-based computer-on-modules; that’s why we worked closely with our partners and peers to define and publicize the RTX open standard. We believe that ARM-based applications will be used extensively in the coming IoT era,” Miller said.

As innovators in the global embedded market, Advantech, AAEON, ARM, Avalue, NXP and TI are continuing to focus on developing leading technologies. The launch of the open standard RTX form factor for rugged and harsh applications unleashes the full potential of ARM-based processors for low-power, high-performance, fanless applications, and more stable and reliable intelligent computing. Its standardized and flexible design makes it ideal for military, transportation, mining, and heavy industry solutions.

Advantech, AAEON, ARM, Avalue, NXP and TI, are committed to breaking through the limitations of traditional, ARM-based computer-on-module design to provide more viable choices for all kinds of rugged-environment applications.