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Emerson Network Power, Freescale and Kontron Advance I/O Connectivity for COM Express Form Factors
Collaboration enables availability of Freescale's multicore QorIQ AMP processors in popular COM Express form factor

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Emerson Network Power, Freescale and Kontron have collaborated to expand I/O connectivity options for the COM Express(R) specification, paving the way for broader and more rapid deployment of advanced processing technologies such as Freescale's QorIQ AMP products into the popular form factor.

The PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG(R)) standard for COM Express is best suited to a limited range of processor architectures. Today, collaboration between Emerson Network Power, Freescale and Kontron has expanded I/O connectivity options by establishing a new pin out definition for modules that are compatible with COM Express mechanical requirements.

The new pin out definition allows a range of implementations to take advantage of Freescale's QorIQ AMP and P Series products, including the T4240 processor. The T4240 device integrates a host of hardware accelerators, with 12 dual-threaded, 64-bit Power Architecture cores, providing 24 threads to address high-end data plane processing applications. Dual-threaded efficiency, improved DMIPs per thread and higher frequency deliver 4x performance gain and more than 2x power efficiency gain over Freescale's previous-generation QorIQ P4080 device. Advanced capabilities allow for intelligent sharing and duplication of resources between threads and a larger amount of on-die cache per core.

"The collaboration of Freescale, Emerson Network Power and Kontron has proven to be extremely beneficial in developing this pin out for the popular COM Express standard," said Brett Butler, vice president and general manager for Freescale's Networking Processor Division. "We recognized that customers wanted alternative architectures on this form factor, and the collaboration was able to bring this to market quickly."

"While we are pleased with the initial definition and acceptance of a pin out for COM Express that we defined with Freescale, we recognize that the newer generation of processors from Freescale provides an opportunity to create more functionality, flexibility and quicker time to market," said Shlomo Pri-Tal, chief technology officer of Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing business. "Working with Kontron and Freescale made this new definition come together quickly."

"We have a proven track record in setting standards in the Computer on Modules market and a long-standing relationship with Emerson Network Power in a number of standards bodies," said Dirk Finstel, chief technology officer of Kontron. "It was a natural fit to work with Emerson Network Power and Freescale to provide the market alternatives on the popular COM Express form factor. Freescale's presence in Aerospace and Defense, networking and telecom markets provides greater opportunity for the compatible COM Express modules."

Detailed pin out information will be available at

About Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, is the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity(TM) from grid to chip for telecommunication networks, data centers, health care and industrial facilities. Emerson Network Power provides innovative solutions and expertise in areas including AC and DC power and precision cooling systems, embedded computing and power, integrated racks and enclosures, power switching and controls, infrastructure management, and connectivity. All solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. For more information on Emerson Network Power's embedded computing solutions, including ATCA(R), COM Express(R), CompactPCI(R), embedded computers and motherboards, OpenVPX(TM), VMEbus and the RapiDex(TM) board customization service for original equipment manufacturers and systems integrators in the telecommunications, industrial automation, aerospace/defense and medical markets, visit Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world.

About Kontron

Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology. With more than 30 percent of its employees in R&D, Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world's embedded computing platforms. Kontron's product longevity, local engineering, support, and value-added services help to create a sustainable and viable embedded solution for OEMs and system integrators. Kontron works closely with its customers on their embedded application ready platforms and customer solutions, enabling them to focus on their core competencies. The result is an accelerated time to market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership and improved overall application with leading-edge, highly-reliable embedded technology. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchanges under the symbol "KBC".

Freescale, the Freescale logo and QorIQ are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. PICMG and COM Express are registered trademarks of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group. The Power Architecture and word marks and the Power and logos and related marks are trademarks and service marks licensed by All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.© 2011 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

SOURCE: Freescale Semiconductor and Emerson Network Power and Kontron

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