New Embedded System I/O Expansion Standard

A new embedded system I/O expansion standard, originated by Diamond Systems, will be launched at Embedded World 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany on March 2, 2010. The new mezzanine-style standard defines a highly compact, low cost way to add application-oriented capabilities to single-board computers (SBCs), computer-on-module (COM) baseboards, and fully-custom embedded electronics. The new I/O expansion standard enable engineers to add application-specific capabilities to SBCs and COM baseboards without adding height to the system.

Features and Benefits of the New Embedded System I/O Expansion Standard

  • Compact, low profile form-factor — three-fifths the size of a credit card, and one-third the size of a PC/104 module
  • Single low-cost connector integrates all host and external I/O interfaces
  • Provides up to 100 I/O points per module
  • Leverages industry-standard buses such as PCI Express, USB, and I2C
  • Host form-factor and processor agnostic
  • Coexists with PC/104, SUMIT, Qseven, ETX, XTX, COM Express, etc.
  • Multiple I/O expansion modules may be present within one system
  • Open industry standard
  • Rugged and reliable
  • Shortens time-to-market
  • Reduces board-level development costs and risks
  • Simplifies system design
  • Eliminates cables, resulting in higher reliability, lower cost, and faster assembly
  • Enables scalable and reconfigurable system design
  • Enables easy product upgrades
  • Protects from component obsolescence
  • Encapsulates intellectual property
  • Suitable for SBCs, baseboards, and proprietary all-in-one hardware designs
  • Ideal for rapid-prototyping through high-volume applications
  • Ideal format for silicon vendor reference designs
  • Open standard increases market acceptance

The standard will be highly synergistic with existing and emerging bus-, I/O-, chip- and board-level technologies. In addition, the standard leverages the latest high-speed serial expansion standards and is ideal for use with both x86 and RISC architecture host processors.

Diamond will transfer ownership of the new embedded I/O expansion standard (including its specifications, trademark, and logo) to a suitable standards organization. The standard itself will be usable by anyone without charge. However, rights to use of the logo in association with products will be restricted to members of its parent organization.

More information: Diamond Systems