Kontron is introducing what it describes as the first nanoETXexpress computer-on-module to pack low-power processing performance and high-end graphics capabilities, as well as PCI Express and Serial ATA interfaces on a credit card footprint of merely 55 x 84mm.
The Kontron nanoETXexpress-VX8 is the first member of a new scalable family of nanoETXexpress computer-on-modules. Future members will also include nanoETXexpress COMs based on processors and chipsets from other manufacturers. This new form factor standard – initiated by Kontron – is said to be the logical addition to the existing PCI- and/or ISA-based computer-on-modules standards, X-board and DIMM-PC.
Designed according to the pin definitions of the COM Express specification, the new Kontron nanoETXexpress computer-on-modules are suitable for the emerging generation of mobile embedded applications that require low-power performance and the latest interfaces on the smallest form factor. These include handheld units for the medical sector, mobile data products and other emerging applications that have not been possible to date due to size restrictions.
This nanoETXexpress computer-on-module offers outstanding processor performance up to 1.5GHz, a highly integrated chipset, up to 400MHz FSB and up to 1GB DDR2 RAM. For applications requiring extra graphics performance, there is an integrated graphics processor for accelerated MPEG2 decoding and extremely clear images. Dual-channel 18/24 Bit LVDS provide LVDS resolutions.
In order to meet current and future interface requirements, the Kontron nanoETXexpress computer-on-module supports one Gigabit Ethernet interface, a PCI Express x1 lane as well as two Serial ATA II ports. The two SATA interfaces are designed in accordance with the PICMG COM.0 specification to ensure that the COM's connectors remain COM Express compatible. Since the Kontron nanoETXexpress computer-on-module follows the PICMG COM Express standard, it is 100 per cent compatible with the COM.0 Type 1 connector. The locations of the identically mapped pin-outs are also 100 per cent COM.0 compliant. Software support for Windows XP, XPe, CE, Linux and VxWorks rounds off the set of features.