The EPIC (Embedded Platform for Industrial Computing) form factor for industrial embedded boards is a relatively young standard; it was first used in 2004 thanks to the combined efforts of several manufacturers.
EPIC modules have a compact size of 165 mm × 114 mm (6.5" × 4.5"), making them one of the most compressed formats for mid-sized motherboards. The main size advantage is the ability to accommodate the size of PC/104-Plus and EBX standards. The flexibility of the EPIC Single Board Computer format allows support for high-speed serial buses such as PCI Express, while I/O connections can be either pin header or PC-type connectors. There are many functions that can be implemented, including Ethernet, serial ports, video, wireless, digital/analogue I/O and various application-specific interfaces.
What are the advantages of the EPIC motherboard format?
The EPIC format offers a platform compatible with the PC/104 and PC/104-Plus standards, positioning it as the de facto standard format for medium-sized SBCs between the PC/104 and EBX formats: a connecting line between current technology and the future.