Kontron´s New EB405 Extends Advanced Computing Core E2Brain Computer-On-Modules

Latest RISC-Based COM Built Around Energy-Saving PowerPC 405EP Processor

SAN DIEGO, CA -- January 26, 2005 -- Kontron, a market leader in embedded computer technology, today introduced the EB405, the newest RISC processor-based E2Brain computer-on-module (COM) that is built around the PowerPC 405EP processor (266 MHz). This energy-saving RISC module is ideal for embedded systems in the real-time domain, with minimum power consumption and passive cooling. It is an add-on component for customized embedded systems. Thanks to standardized modules, the user can focus on his core competency - the design of the equipment with interfaces, application software and application specifics - without having to undertake the complex development of a processor core. In commercial applications, the low-power (only 1 watt at 200 MHz) 405EP processor is used for routers, modems, access points and comparable high-volume network applications. The EB405 also represents an ideal solution for cost-sensitive applications such as those related to industrial automation, transportation, medical technology and defense.

The E2Brain EB405 provides two Fast Ethernet ports as well as two or four serial ports, each of which is designed to function as Rx/Tx Terminal- or UART-interfaces. System expansion is possible via the 32-bit, 33/66 PCI bus, the LPC I/O bus and the I²C-bus. All these interfaces are connected to the baseboard through four standard SMD connectors.

Apart from the flexible interfaces, customizable for individual applications, the E2Brain EB405 module is available with 16MB or 64MB of SDRAM soldered onboard all within a footprint of just 75 mm x 115 mm. Additional features include up to 8 MB Flash, E2PROM for user and configuration data and an interface for Compact Flash cards. The physical slot for the Compact Flash memory media is placed on the carrier board. Debugging and onboard programming is accomplished using the implemented JTAG/BDM interface.

The module is designed for a single-source 3.3V supply. The standard version of the E2Brain EB405 is intended for use at temperatures ranging from 32°F to 158°F (0°C to 70°C). An optional version approved for extended operating temperature range (-72°F to 185°F; -40°C to +85°C) also is available. Due to its thermally and mechanically robust design, this module is suitable for use in extremely harsh environments. Watchdog and real-time clock round out the feature set.

Software support is provided by an OS-independent boot loader with network support as well as a Linux and VxWorks board support package.

The E2Brain EB405 and evaluation carrier boards are available now.

Users who require more performance should consider the recently introduced E2Brain EB8540. At 800 MHz, the EB8540 offers a generous 1850 MIPS.

About E2Brain modules:
In the world of embedded computers, it has been common up to now for the user to have to develop a new processor core for every new device development due to differences in design and space requirements between the devices. With standardized E2Brain modules, the user can concentrate on the tasks at hand - design of the device and development of a customized solution.

The E2Brain (Embedded Electronic Brain) product line has a modular design that is open for all types of processor architectures, communications interfaces and I/O interfaces. E2Brain modules with dimensions of 75 mm x 115 mm can be divided into 2 categories:
- Communication Engines: Processor cores with high communication loads and numerous interfaces (e.g., Ethernet, serial interfaces with multi-protocol support and UTOPIA)
- Advanced Computing Cores: Processor cores characterized by a high computing power and a broad I/O range

The EB405 module falls into the category of Advanced Computing Cores.

Price: OEM pricing upon request
Availability: Now

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, aut

omation, 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.

Editors Contact:
Richard Moore
Kontron America
Phone: 412.921.3322

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