Newest COM Express Module with Intel Multi-Core Architecture Packs a Powerful Punch
BOSTON, September 19, 2007 Initially introduced in June, the Kontron ETXexpress-MC a COM Express solution is now available for evaluation by designers worldwide giving them a true high performance core for the most advanced embedded applications. With this addition to the Kontron ETXexpress family of Computer-On-Modules (COMs), the company now offers the widest selection of COM Express modules that are suitable for embedded applications ranging from point of sale/information kiosks and mobile data acquisition systems to medical 3-D image scanners, automation systems, and other multi-display applications.
Built around the Intel® Core 2 Duo processors (4MB L2, 800FSB) and Intel® GM965 chipset, the Kontron ETXexpress-MC is the highest performing COM currently available. The increased frequencies and throughput on CPU, Front-Side-Bus and DRAM allow for a significant increase in system performance compared to existing solutions. The Kontron ETXexpress-MC offers the X3100 Graphic Media Accelerator complete with support for 24 Bit LVDS , meeting the requirements of embedded applications that call for advanced video capabilities. The Kontron ETXexpress-MC supports dual-channel memory up to 4GB via two DDR2 SO-DIMM sockets positioned on the top side of the module. This module follows the COM Express Type 2 pin out and has 5x PCI Express x1 lanes, 3x SerialATA ports, and 8x USB 2.0 ports along with Gigabit Ethernet to round out the list of standard features. The inclusion of onboard TPM 1.2 ensures that the Kontron ETXexpress-MC is a perfect fit for power and thermal sensitive designs.
The positive feedback from the field has been overwhelming and designers appreciate that the ETXexpress-MC delivers the best price-performance ratio of Kontrons current offering of Intel® Core 2 Duo embedded solutions, stated Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron´s Embedded Modules Division.
Key features of the Kontron ETXexpress-MC module include:
Intel® Core 2 Duo (up to 2.2GHz) Processors
Integrated GMA X3100 Graphics w/ 24 Bit LVDS Support
Up to 4GB Dual Channel System Memory (667MHz)
5x PCI Express Lanes, 8x USB 2.0 and 3x Serial-ATA
Wide Input Supply Support - 8.4V-18V
Onboard TPM 1.2
Microsoft Vista Premium capable
Sample units of the Kontron ETXexpress-MC are available now and priced starting at $800 in small quantities. For more information, visit www.kontron.com/com.
Kontron designs and manufactures standard-based and custom embedded and mobile rugged solutions for OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontrons diverse product portfolio includes: Computer-on-Modules, SBCs/blades, open-modular platforms and systems, HMIs, mobile rugged workstations, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel® Communications Alliance and was awarded 2006 Intel Member of the Year. The company is a recent three-time VDC Platinum vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com.
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Christine Van De Graaf
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