Industry news sources are reporting that a new standards organization is being formed in Europe to deal with embedded computers and compete against VITA and PICMG. You are probably scratching your head about this, so let’s dissect this article and see what’s going on.
– The effort is being initiated in Europe.
– Three companies are initiating this new activity, but they remain anonymous until the official announcement at Embedded World in Nuremburg in late February
– They intend to concentrate on board form factors (mechanical dimensions), interfaces (pin-outs on connectors), and integration issues (cables), starting with the Q-7 form factor.
– They claim that VITA and PICMG specify and fix certain connectors in their standards, and that action is limiting and inappropriate.
– This group claims that VITA and PICMG are too slow in completing their standards.
– This new sttandards group harbors resentment for U.S.-based standards groups.
While this group picks at VITA and PICMG standards from an uninformed point of view, they really seem to be dumping mostly on the connector industry. They have no cost control for the silicon they buy from US processor makers, who create the reference designs. If they must use a connector defined in a standard, they lose cost control of those elements too. So, if they want to increase their paltry margins, they have to do it with the cheapest connectors they can find.
So what’s really going on?
Read Ray’s complete article at www.connectorsupplier.com/sound_off_VITA_1-24-1[…]