Kontron unveils new ETXexpress Computer-On-Modules

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Kontron is introducing the latest addition to its family of ETXexpress Computer-On-Modules, namely the Kontron ETXexpress-MC. Built around the Intel Core 2 Duo processor (up to 2.2GHz) and Intel's latest 965GM Express chipset that is part of the fourth generation of Intel's Centrino notebook platform, the new Kontron ETXexpress-MC offers optimised graphics features and will be Kontron's most robust and power-efficient COM Express module.

The Kontron ETXexpress-MC will feature up to 800MHz FSB for outstanding performance. The clock speed can be dynamically reduced, as required by the operating workload. This module therefore offers an improved fit for a multitude of embedded applications, including those that are temperature- and power-sensitive. Additionally, the Kontron ETXexpress-MC design allows the processor to go into a deeper sleep state for even enhanced power efficiency. The chipset logic recognises whether data is stored on the processor's on-chip cache memory or in RAM. Consequently, the chipset does not have to wake up the processor to check the on-chip cache memory and unnecessarily draw on battery power. The inclusion of onboard TPM 1.2 ensures that the Kontron ETXexpress-MC will be a superior fit for applications that call for enhanced security options.

Along with these eco-friendly features, the Kontron ETXexpress-MC offers support for GEN4 graphics to meet the requirements of embedded applications that require advanced video capabilities. It contains Intel's Direct-X9 compliant Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 for piping video data through the pixel shaders. The integrated Display Power Saving Technology (DPST) 3.0 saves up to an additional 400mW of power by switching between progressive and interlaced display modes.

Launch in summer of 2007

Planned for launch later in the summer of 2007, the Kontron ETXexpress-MC will be one of the first COM Express pin-out type 2 compliant modules supporting fast dual-channel memory up to 4GB via two 533MHz or 667MHZ DDR2 SO-DIMM sockets positioned on the top side of the module. This latest COM Express product has 5x PCI Express x1 lanes, 3x SerialATA ports, and 8x USB 2.0 ports, along with Gigabit Ethernet as standard.

All Kontron ETXexpress COMs provide PCI Express, PCI 32, USB 2.0 and SerialATA that remain in the same physical positions on each module, guaranteeing scalability within the product family. An Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) for optimised power management is standard on all Kontron ETXexpress modules. Kontron's ETXexpress family of COM Express Computer-On-Modules are fully compliant with the industry standard controlled by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturer's Group. The ETXexpress format represents a more cost-effective replacement compared with time- and resource-hungry fully customised designs. Time to market is dramatically reduced and future upgrades are as simple as choosing a new ETXexpress CPU module. Therefore, the total cost of ownership of the end design is improved as well.

Samples of the Kontron ETXexpress-MC supporting Windows XP, 2000, XPe, CE and Linux will be available in Q3/2007.

Boards & MORE service

OEMs that not only use modules or boards from Kontron, but also desire Kontron's assistance in developing their entire hardware design - including carrier board design – can take advantage of the benefits of Kontron's Boards & MORE Custom Solutions and Services. Experienced developers implement the latest interface technology on carrier boards for COMs and develop customised single-board computers. Over the course of the last few years, numerous layouts have already been successfully realised and mass-produced. Many customers use Kontron's Boards & MORE service in order to be able to use their resources even more effectively for what they do best. Close contact with the customer's developer team and professional project management during the entire product life bring the user further peace of mind.

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