COM Express Solutions--Overcome the Challenges of Crafting a Customized Computer

Whether they're powering a map-sensor payload for a Global Hawk UAV or a man-pack radio system for a soldier on the move, custom computer solutions have to be small and lightweight. Oh, and while you're at it, make them ruggedized, constant in temperature, power efficient, and inexpensive.

Military contractors have been trying to solve this puzzle for years, but in almost every
application, they are forced to make some tradeoffs. To meet these stringent demands, engineers have created a clever solution — modular embedded computing platforms that allow customers to design their own customized machines.

The latest of these is a compact, integrated computing specification known by the designation
COM Express Type 6, as defined by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG).