Kontron to Introduce New X-Board Computer-On-Module With Intel® XScale® Technology

X-board COM delivers new high performance-low power consumption solution

Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, today announced the X-board Computer-On-Module (COM). The X-board is the second ARM-compatible Intel XScale technology based module in Kontron´s X-board(TM) product family of small embedded form factor modules. The highly integrated X-board is designed to serve the unique needs of intelligent I/O applications.

The Intel® 80219 General Purpose PCI processor (up to 400MHz) is the core of the X-board module. It combines the Intel® XScale® core with intelligent peripherals, including a PCI bus application bridge. The X-board also uses the Silicon Motion SM501 chipset, which enables accelerated graphics and video and provide the I/O functions required in mobile multimedia devices. Other key features of the new Kontron X-board module include:
- Up to 128MB of onboard DRAM system memory
- Up to 16MB of onboard dedicated Graphics Memory
- Up to 256MB of onboard FLASH storage
- Support for CRT and LCD/TFT displays up to 1280x1024 resolution
- 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, AC97 Audio Codec, USB 1.1 and more

Sample X-board modules will be available in Q2 2005. Kontron anticipates offering production units priced starting at approximately $245 in small quantities (actual pricing may vary based on volume).

About X-board(TM) COMs:
X-board modules, with credit card-like dimensions (67 x 49 mm), are fully PCI- and LPC- compatible. They feature essential interfaces such as USB, LAN and serial as well as outputs for sound and LCDs. Kontron¿s X-board concept leaves behind older legacy interfaces such as PS/2, floppy, parallel, and the ISA-bus behind, making way for the use of ARM- and MIPS- processor architectures as well as traditional x86 types. This leads to an expansion of the application fields for the new Computer-On-Module (COM) standard. Closing the gap between the DIMM-PC and ETX, the X-board concept is ideal for OEMs that require a performance greater than that provided by the DIMM-PC but fewer features than those offered by the ETX standard. For additional information about the X-board standard, contact Kontron.

"Kontron´s introduction of this second X-board design built around an Intel XScale processor broadens the uses of Intel XScale technology to include a diverse array of embedded computing applications -- from telecommunications to test and measurement and more," said Matthias Huber, Director of the Kontron Embedded Modules division in Hayward, California.

About Kontron:
A leading global embedded computer technology company, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the communications, automation, transportation, medical, military, aerospace, and test and measurement markets. The company helps its customers to considerably reduce their time-to-market and to gain a competitive advantage with products including high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, man-machine interfaces and mobile computers. Kontron employs more than 1,500 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 member of the Intel Communications Alliance. For additional information on Kontron, please visit: www.kontron.com.

About the Intel Communications Alliance
The Intel® Communications Alliance is a community of communications and embedded developers and solutions providers committed to the development of modular, standards-based solutions based on Intel technologies. For more information, please visit: http://www.intel.com/go/ica

Intel and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

Editor Contacts:
Christine Howe
Product Marketing Manager
Kontron - Hayward, CA
510.732.6900 x152


Zeljko Loncaric
Product Marketing Manager
Kontron - Deggendorf, Germany

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