Advantech Unveils SOM-5780 Embedded PCI Express System On Module

2/25/2005 - Advantech releases its newest System On Module (SOM), SOM-5780, an embedded PCI Express reference board that fully complies with the PCI Express base specification revision 1.0a. SOM-5780 uses Advantech's own SOM-ETXexpress (a subset of COM EXPRESS) interface, an open PICMG standard. As well as offering PCI Express support, SOM-5780 uses the Intel® Pentium® M processor that provides high performance and low power computing on a baseboard design of customer-specific application requirements.

"The SOM-ETXexpress series expands upon Advantech's existing SOM-144, SOM-ETX and SOM-ETXplus solutions by giving customers innovation for their current and future embedded applications. Customers not only want the newest technology like PCI Express, but need their current applications supported equally as well," said Jeff Chen, Advantech Chief Technology Officer. Following the continued broad adoption of PCI Express in the consumer desktop market, the modular, high bandwidth, low pin count connector, is a natural fit for embedded applications requiring higher bandwidth like communications and applications with broadcast/multicast support.

In a form factor of 95mm x 125mm, the SOM-5780 provides a scalable high performance and easy to integrate solution for customers' applications by utilizing a plug-in CPU module on an application-specific customer solution board. The SOM-5780 with advanced I/O capacity and PCI Express interfaces joins the Advantech SOM product family to offer ODM embedded integrators more choices for their own applications needing higher computing speeds while maintaining a compact form factor.

SOM-5780 product features:

The SOM-ETXexpress series are backward compatible platforms for many existing PCI-based hardware and software systems. They are fully scalable for upgrades or changing application needs and feature long life support so important to embedded developers. Combining Advantech's Design To Order Service (DTOSTM) with in-house software development team and global logistics and support, System-On-Module products are ideal for a semi-customized solution, streamlining the product development process. SOM-5780 is due out early in Q2 2005.

Advantech in Brief
Advantech Co., Ltd. (Taidex: 2395) is the global leading ePlatform service provider integrating web-based technology, computing platforms and customization services that empower the connected eWorld. Advantech cooperates closely with system integrators to help them add value to their solutions to meet demanding requirements in a wide array of industries. Advantech delivers more than a thousand products and solutions under 3 main categories: Embedded & Applied Computing, Network & Industrial Computing, and eAutomation. With the combined talent of more than 2,000 people, Advantech operates an extensive support, sales and marketing network in 16 countries and 28 major cities to deliver fast time-to-market services to our worldwide customers. Advantech is an Associate Member with the Intel® Communications Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. For more information, please visit

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