Successful Carrier Card Design for COM Express

Gordon Moore, one of Intel’s founders, predicted in 1965 that the number of transistors placed on a computer chip would double each year. Over time, the pace has slowed a little and the prediction has been updated accordingly, but it still generally holds true, now doubling approximately every two years. Intended as a rule of thumb, this prediction became a guiding principle for the industry to create faster and denser powerful semiconductors at proportionately less cost.

Moore’s Law deals with the growth in chip circuit density. It leaves the practical problems of dealing with the effects of this observation, including thermal management, for design engineers to solve. Because the COM Express specification combines significant numbers of high density integrated circuits into a tightly packed module that’s typically embedded into compact products, engineers need to carefully consider thermal management as they develop their designs.

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