First to Market
Deggendorf, Germany, January 24th, 2003 -- Following the recent launch of the VIA C3TM processor from VIA Technologies, Inc., Kontron is proud to announce its first CPU board design based on the high performance processor. The JRex-VE 3.5" board is the first Kontron module to be based on the 1.0 GHz VIA C3. The new processor enables the JREX-VE to provide performance comparable to that of an Intel® Pentium® III 500/700MHz processor based board, but for a significantly lower price. Although the board´s performance is more than adequate for demanding digital media applications, it has a very economical power consumption and low heat emission. Sample boards will be presented for the first time at the Embedded World trade show.
Like each of the 3.5" boards in the JRex family, the ETX-VE board includes 2xUSB, LAN, Compact-Flash, Keyboard/Mouse, VGA, COM1, ATX feature power supply connectors and resets conveniently positioned in the same physical location from unit to unit within the product family. As a result of this uniformity, system integrators and OEMs to develop scalable products based on 3.5" boards, without the need to modify housings or connectors for different processor variants.
The JRex-VE includes the VIA Twister T chipset with S3 Savage 4 engine, 133MHz front-side bus and fast IDE via UDMA-100. The on-board SDRAM-DIMM socket can accommodate up to 512 MBytes of memory and allows standard desktop memory modules to be used. The UMA graphics controller (up to 32 MByte ) is an integral part of the chipset. Various display types can be easily connected via the onboard JUMPtec® Intelligent LVDS Interface (JILI). JILI automatically detects which display is connected and sets the video parameters accordingly. All JRex modules are "plug and work", significantly reducing the solution´s time to market.
Further information on JRex Single Board Computers and JFLEX peripherals as well as an online forum can be found at .
JRex Standardizes 3.5" CPU Boards
JRex is Kontron´s new family of 3.5" embedded SBCs. Each JRex board includes 2xUSB, LAN, Compact-Flash, Keyboard/Mouse, VGA, COM1, ATX feature power supply connectors and resets conveniently positioned in the same physical location from unit to unit within the product family. ATX power supply standards are met with respect to current and voltage requirements, Standby, Power Good, and fan control features (where applicable). Compared to SODIMM modules that are usually more expensive, standard desktop SDRAM-DIMM modules provide cost effective memory solution for JRex boards. Use of the onboard JUMPtec® Intelligent LVDS Interface (JILI) simplifies flat panel integration. JILI is a universal display adapter that can be used off the shelf with the majority of display panels currently available on the market. This allows developers to select the optimal display for the application from the wide assortment offered by manufacturers, without having to negotiate interface incompatibility issues.
If standard JRex interfaces are not enough, new JFLEX expansion module designed specifically for use with JRex boards can be mounted via the PCI interface. JFLEX modules cover the entire front side of the CPU board to accommodate new peripherals without the need for any extra cables. If use of the entire front side is not necessary, JFLEX modules also are available as smaller square shaped expansion units. JRex boards can accommodate up to two JFLEX modules at a time. Several JFLEX modules are currently being developed for custom solutions, including multimedia and communications applications. These modules will be available off-the-shelf in the near future. As well as covering standard PC features such as Sound, USB, Firewire, LAN, RS232, Modem, ISDN, Bluetooth, etc, future indus
trial JFLEX modules also will offer analog and digital I/Os as well as the latest fieldbus and multi-axis control systems.
Christian Eder Marcom Manager EMEA
D - 94469 Deggendorf
Phone: +49 991 37024-702
Martin Bodenschatz Product Manager
D - 94469 Deggendorf
Phone: +49 991 37024-703
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