Long life-cycles and long term product support are very important for Toradex and our products. When designing a product Toradex chooses embedded components with a long life time. This guarantees long term availability and minimizes necessary changes over the life time of a product. This make our product perfect for applications where long term product availability is a must.
We provide 10+ years life-cycle for all our computer modules. We have two ARM computer on module families, the Apalis and Colibri modules. They are not competing or replacing each other. Both families are continuously developed and maintained by Toradex.
We are continuously adding new family members to the Apalis module family. The whole range of our Apalis modules is pin compatible. This ensures an easy migration to a newer module in case an older module reaches the end of its life. For details about the long-term availability of particular modules, please check the Minimum Availability row in the Apalis modules overview table.
Equal to the Apalis module family we are also continuously adding new family members to the Colibri module family. The whole range of ourColibri modules is pin compatible. This ensures an easy migration to a newer module in case an older module reaches the end of its life. For details about the long-term availability of particular modules, please check the Minimum Availability row in the Colibri modules overview table.
We have two categories of Carrier Boards, the Evaluation boards and volume production boards. The Colibri Evaluation Board, Aster Carrier Board and the Apalis Evaluation Board are meant for evaluation of our computer on modules. We don't specify any life-time for them. We might also change them in order to even better allow product evaluation. Our other carrier boards are called Iris, Viola, and Orchid for the Colibri module family and Ixora for the Apalis module family. They are meant for volume production. We don't have any plans to discontinue any of these carrier boards. Our plan is to keep these carrier boards as long as we provide compatible computer modules.
The main products of Toradex are the computer modules. Please note that some of our other products are just for evaluation, if you require long term availability of other products please contact our support to make sure the availability meets your requirements.
Linux is an open-source operating system suitable for embedded systems. Toradex maintains an in-house embedded Linux BSP.
We provide stable releases aiming long-term support. You can check Toradex Embedded Linux BSP Support Strategy for additional information.
Windows CE is a embedded Operating System designed for long term support. Microsoft is committed to Windows CE/Compact and already has the next version on their road map.
Toradex provides support and updates for the life time of the Colibri modules.
Here a list with the official Microsoft Product life cycle:
With such long life cycles, it is inevitable that sometimes we need to make changes to a product to continue to ensure availability. We always endeavor to minimize the impact to our customers when such changes are made and preserve backward compatibility, ensuring smooth transitions to the latest product revisions. We send out product change notifications to customers ordering volume production products such as our modules or certain carrier boards.
Please check the revision history of individual modules for the respective product change notifications.