Kontron microETXexpress-PV: 2nd Gen. of Intel Atom Processor based Computer-on-Modules

Accelerator for the new x86 class of cost-effective low power appliances

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One of the most attractive new introductions from Kontron at Embedded World is the Kontron microETXexpress-PV - Kontron's first COM Express Type 2compatible Computeron-Module with the new secondgeneration Intel Atom processor. With Intel's highly integrated twochip design, dualcore option, and costefficient processors, these new modules will accelerate the development of particularly costeffective ultralowpower embedded appliances. Beside these new market opportunities it is also a perfect substitute for Intel Pentium M based designs.

A highlight of this new compact COM Express compatible Computer-On-Module (95 x 95 mm) is the dualcore version, which now makes it possible to implement multicore processing features such as asymmetric multiprocessing for dedicated 2in-1 systems for hardware consolidation into particularly costeffective low power devices. In addition, due to the completely fanless operation, the new modules also open up entirely new fields of ultra rugged applications. The new Kontron microETXexpress-PV modules are highly suitable for these costeffective, ultralowpower embedded devices, in particular due to their open and freelyscalable x86 architecture that offers the highest compatibility for previous processor generations and thus provides longterm availability, investment security and reduce time to market. Target applications for the new Kontron microETXexpress-PV include both mobile and compact stationary ultralowpower devices for, e.g., the gaming, digital signage, POS/POI, medical technology and automation markets.

The use of Computeron-Modules in the compact COM Express Type 2 compatible form factor is already widely acknowledged as a wellsuited method to integrate a core solution for interfacerich ultralow power semicustom designs and provides developers with the highest design security and longterm availability at a low TCO for the customer's solution.

The feature set in detail

The new Kontron microETXexpress-PV Computeron-Modules are equipped with the 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processor N450, D410 or D510. Integrated into the processor for the first time are both memory controller for up to 2 GB DDR2 RAM and the graphics core with a maximum resolution of 1400x1050 via VGA and 18bit single channel LVDS for WXGA. For the peripheral connections, the new modules also integrate the new Intel ICH8M I/O Controller Hub providing particularly rich interface support for the COM Express Type 2 pinout. With 5 flexibly configurable PCI Express lanes, as well as PCI, I2C, SPI and LPC bus, the modules are a key COTS solution for interfaceintensive ultra low power carrier board designs. Furthermore, via the COM Express Type 2 connector, the new modules include 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 8x USB 2.0, 3x SATA II as well as optional 1x PATA. A Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and High-Definition Audio (HDA) round out the feature set of the COM Express Type 2based Computeron-Module with a wide range of power supply (8.5 V DC - 18 V DC).

The new COM Express Type 2 compatible Kontron microETXexpress-PV Computeron-Module supports Windows XP, XPe, and Windows 7, as well as Linux and VxWorks. Early field test samples will be available in Q2 2010 with series production beginning in Q3 2010.

For more information on the Kontron microETXexpress-PV COM Express, please visit http://www.kontron.com/products/computeronmodules/com+express/microetxexpress/microetxexpresspv.html

For more information on microETXexpress, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/microETXexpress

For more information on Com Express Computeron-Modules, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/comexpress

For more information on Computeron-Modules, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/COM
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