Small CoreExpress modules can have a big impact on the "Frequency x Reach" equation in digital signage applications.
Small Form Factor SIG
SUMIT I/O cards can bridge USB into the stack for DAQ.
The XR-DIMM mezzanine memory module standard is designed specifically for high-reliability embedded systems so designers don't have to use consumer-grade SODIMM memory modules in their harsh-environment-qualified systems.
Expansion interfaces such as SUMIT are proving a fountain of youth as the PC/104 lifecycle extends into its third decade.
More standards – particularly when submitted to an independent trade group for collaboration and review – yield stronger solutions.
The technical and marketing functions of standards organizations advance companies entire industries over, but need all-around membership support in order to sustain the development and proliferation of specifications.
Small form factor technology decisions cannot be left solely to the suppliers' whim - End users must make their demands known.
When faced with the decision between PCI/104-Express and SUMIT CPU, choose both.
While PC/104 has been under a lot of scrutiny, it is far from being kicked off the SFFs bus.
Industry subject-matter experts are needed to drive standards as we move outside the realm of CPU and I/O boards.