microETXexpress-SP wins award

28 August 2008

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Kontron's microETXexpress-SP has been selected for the “Editor’s Tech Choice” award by, a leading technology website for embedded systems. editors singled out the Kontron microETXexpress-SP, a Computer-on-Module built around the Intel Atom Z500 series processor and US15 System Controller Hub, as a cutting-edge product that simplifies the integration, development and deployment process for engineers. The awards highlight the competitive nature of the embedded landscape, focusing on the most interesting and innovative product developments in the areas of Computer-on-Modules, embedded processors, multicore, security, and software. The recently announced Kontron microETXexpress-SP received editor recognition in the Computer-on-Module category, a sharply competitive field noted for its intelligent engineering and next generation design features.

eg3 readers are encouraged to visit the site to look at the winners and cast a further vote for their own “reader’s choice” as the best of the best in embedded technology

“The Kontron microETXexpress-SP was developed to answer industry needs for small, energy-efficient designs requiring increased performance and high-end graphics," said Matthias Huber, Director of Kontron's North America Embedded Modules Division. "Systems and applications are now possible which previously have not been viable due to size or power consumption limitations. Kontron microETXexpress-SP has also generated tremendous response from our design partners and customers worldwide.”

The Kontron microETXexpress-SP is based on the Intel Atom processor and is compatible with the COM Express COM.0 type 2 connector. With a compact and energy efficient design, the Intel Atom processor (13 x 14mm) and single chip chipset (22 x 22mm), now called the Intel System Controller Hub, have a TDP of < 5 watts. This makes the microETXexpress-SP ideal for ultra-mobile applications that require energy-saving x86 processor performance, high-end graphics, PCI Express, USB 2.0 and Serial ATA combined with longer battery power availability. Solar-powered distributed devices and stationary devices used in medical, POS/POI and kiosk applications as well as automation applications will benefit from its graphics performance and extended, sophisticated feature set.

“The eg3 awards allow us to feature innovative products that show what embedded designers can achieve," said Jason McDonald, senior editor, “We recognize the Kontron microETXexpress-SP on that level – it is a highly advanced embedded design tool that combines energy savings with high-level graphics, making it ideal for extremely energy-efficient multimedia devices as well as for mobile test and measurement applications.”

Kontron microETXexpress-SP is available now. For more information see There is more information about Kontron Computer-on-Modules at

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