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Oct 20, 2014

Rugged COM Express Carrier Board Facilitates Application-specific Evaluation and Development

MEN Micro Inc., now offers the XC15, a carrier board for Rugged COM Express modules.  The new evaluation and development platform can test required functions individually to ensure the appropriate settings are used for various rugged embedded applications.

XC15 - Rugged COM Express Carrier Board

BLUE BELL, Pa. October 2014 – MEN Micro Inc., now offers the XC15, a carrier board for Rugged COM Express modules. The new evaluation and development platform can test required functions individually to ensure the appropriate settings are used for various rugged embedded applications.

The XC15 provides a considerable number of physical interfaces and connectors for almost all existing standard serial I/O, which can be routed from the COM Express connectors to the carrier board. Users can evaluate features and performance to determine which Rugged COM Express module is appropriate for an intended application.

Apart from withstanding an extended temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, the sturdy and securely screwed aluminum frame ensures 100% EMC protection as well as shock and vibration resistance. It also reliably protects against dust, humidity and chemicals.

Although the functionality of all connectors depends on the specific Rugged COM Express module used, the new carrier board offers a wide variety of interfaces. This includes one COM Express slot and seven PCI Express card slots as well as an onboard PCI Express Graphics (PEG) interface on a standard PCIe x16 connector.

For multimedia applications, the XC15 offers one VGA, two LVDS and three DisplayPort connectors. Four onboard SATA connectors and two CAN interfaces, available via SA-Adapters, are also included.

The new carrier board supports the microATX form factor, and can therefore be operated in a PC system. Additional USB ports on the front panel allow easy connection of USB-driven Flash disks, complementing the memory configuration for application storage. This allows the already-established storage systems to be easily adapted to different COM Express modules.

The XC15 is supplied with a plug-in card for the COM Express CC10 or the Rugged COM Express module CC10C. MEN Micro also provides additional accessories including external PSUs and fans, DisplayPort-to-DVI adapters as well as cables for UART and SATA.

Technical Specifications:

  • Carrier board for test and development of Rugged COM Express modules
  • Substantial I/O interfaces: LVDS, DisplayPort, PCIe, USB, GigE, CAN
  • Withstands extended temperatures of -40°C to +85°C
  • Aluminum frame for 100% EMC protection; shock and vibration resistance
  • Protects against environmental conditions: dust, humidity and chemicals


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