Kontron X-board™ miniKit: X-Scale Starter Kit for Mobile Mini-devices

New miniKit Takes the “Risk” Out of Developing with RISC Processors

Boston (September 26, 2006) - With the RoHS-compliant X-board miniKit, Kontron’s Embedded Modules division presents an efficient evaluation kit for ultra-compact and robust mobile applications based on the X-board™ open standard for Computer-on-Modules. At 80.5 square centimeters (115 x 70 mm), the Kontron miniKit currently is the most compact, “ready to use” baseboard for RISC based modules. With all of the necessary components included in the kit that is complete with Windows CE pre-installed on the X-board module, Kontron takes the “risk” out of developing with RISC processors.

Developers can test the application on the X-board platform with the Kontron X-board miniKit right out of the box, even if their customer-specific baseboard is not yet ready. The result is a noticeably reduced time-to-prototype through parallel development of hardware and software. In addition, developers of individual COM applications benefit from a standardized and functionally validated X-board module in two different onboard memory configurations.

The new Kontron miniKit comes standard with all of the following items:
• High-performance X-board module
• New X-board miniBaseboard
• 3.5“ QVGA touch-screen display (320 x 240 pixels),
• Switchable ATX power supply unit (115 / 230 V),
• Embedded-to-box adapter cable for Ethernet, RS232, USB (host and client), RS232, CF-Card and audio I/O (2 x 3.5 mm plug)
• Board Support Package (on CD) for licensed Windows CE. (Linux BSP is planned)

The Kontron X-board miniKit is priced starting at $1315 in small quantities and available for immediate delivery. To learn more about the Kontron X-board miniKit and other Kontron X-board products, please visit www.kontron.com or stop by the Kontron booth (#501) at the Embedded Systems Conference held in Boston, MA – September 26-27.

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About X-board:
Kontron X board™ modules have the same dimensions as a business card (68 x 49 mm) and are fully PCI- and LPC-compatible. They offer all currently required interfaces, such as USB, LAN, serial interfaces, sound and LCD. Since legacy interfaces such as PS/2, floppy, parallel interface and ISA bus are already being phased out throughout the embedded industry, they have been omitted from the X-board module design. Leaving out these legacy interfaces allows for greater use of all the features provided by ARM or RISC processor architecture as well as those enabled by x86 processors. This leads to an expansion of the potential areas of application of this Computer-On-Module standard. The Kontron X-board design closes the gap between the Kontron DIMM-PC and ETX platforms. OEMs,who need more than DIMM-PC power and fewer features than the extensive ETX are best served by designing with Kontron X-board modules. You can request further information on the X-board standard directly from Kontron.

About Kontron:
A global leader in embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators, and application providers in the automation, test and measurement, communications, medical, gaming and entertainment, military, aerospace, transportation, and energy markets. The company helps its customers considerably reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage with products including: high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, human-machine interfaces, and mobile rugged computers and displays. Kontron employs more than 2,300 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". Kontron is a Premier member in the Intel ® Communications Alliance which means earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support. For additional information on Kontron, please visit www.kontron.com.

Editor Contact:
Richard Pugnier
Manager, Marketing Communications
Kontron America
858.623.3006
richard.pugnier@us.kontron.com

Product and Technical Contact:
Christine Van De Graaf
Product Marketing Manager, Embedded Modules
Kontron America
510.438.7250
christine.vandegraaf@us.kontron.com

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