ESMexpress® is a Computer-On-Module standard in accordance with a proposed ANSI standard currently under development (ANSI-VITA 59, RSE Rugged System-On-Module Express). Together with an application-specific carrier board it forms a semi-custom solution for industrial, harsh, mobile and mission-critical environments.
The XC1 is an evaluation and development platform that can be used together with any type of ESMexpress® module. Thus, the XC1 provides physical interfaces and connectors for nearly all of the modern serial standard I/Os routable from the ESMexpress® connectors to the carrier board as defined in the specification. The XC1 comes with one ESMexpress® slot and eight additional PCI Express® card slots. The functionality of all connectors depends on the ESMexpress® module used on the XC1. It supports standard ATX form factor and can therefore operate in a PC system. Additional 4 GB of USB-driven Flash disk for application storage complement the memory configuration that is already available on the different ESMexpress® modules.
For a first evaluation of the functions and performance of the ESMexpress® module of choice we strongly recommend to use the XC1. Further useful accessories include an external PSU and an ESMexpress® to COM Express™ adapter.