COM Express mini modules maximise processing performance

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Kontron is unveiling seven new credit card-sized Computer-on-Modules based on the form factor standard COM Express. The performance range of the new COM Express mini modules is highly scalable and covers the entire embedded range of the Intel Atom processor E3800 and Intel Celeron processor N2900 and J1900 product families, formerly codenamed ‘Bay Trail’.

The most impressive feature of the new Kontron COMe-mBT10 Computer-on-Module family is the three times higher graphics performance compared with previous Intel Atom processors, coupled with excellent TDP (thermal design power) values. And although all the Intel Atom processor E3800- based modules are designed for the extended temperature range of from -40 to +85degC, they also offer an extensive set of features, including PCIe extension options, new security functions and optional ECC memory. The enhanced, powerful and flexible x86 feature set in combination with the low-power credit card-sized footprint makes the new COM Express mini Computer-on-Modules suitable for a wide range of new, graphic-rich multi-touch applications.

Users in all markets will benefit from double the performance, significantly improved performance-per-watt ratios and the long-term availability which the rugged new x86 modules offer. The range of applications includes everything from slim but graphics-rich and open, programmable industrial tablets and handheld PCs through to in-vehicle systems and stationary HMIs and controllers. Targeted industries are POS/POI, infotainment, digital signage, gaming, and medical technology as well as industrial automation, and mechanical engineering.

With the availability of the new COM Express mini Computer-on-Modules, developers can make direct use of the extensive x86 ecosystem and the COM Express form factor standard. They can even factor already existing designs with this new performance class without having to replace carrier boards or application software. What’s more, customers will benefit from Kontron’s extensive software and customisation services enabling their new SFF designs to be implemented faster and more efficiently.

The feature set in detail

The new Kontron COMe-mBT10 COM Express mini Computer-on-Module family (55mm × 84mm) with Type 10 pin-out is equipped with Intel Atom processor E3800 or Intel Celeron processors. Seven module variants are included in the range, offering wide scalability from low-power single-core Intel Atom (1.46GHz / 5W TDP) processor performance for energy-sensitive applications through to genuine quad-core Intel Atom (4× 1.91GHz/ 10W TDP) and Intel Celeron (4× 2.42GHz / 10W TDP) processor performance in high-end applications. The new Intel Gen 7 HD graphics integrated on the SoC offer up to three times more graphical power, including DirectX 11, Open GL 3.1, and OpenCL 1.1 support for two independent displays with 1× DP++ (DP/HDMI/DVI) up to 2560×1600@60Hz and 1× Single Channel LVDS 18/24bit with DPtoLVDS up to 1920×1200 (and optional eDP).

New video HD technology additionally enables excellent video reproduction and stereoscopic 3D viewing for an immersive user experience. The modules come with options for data memory with two SATA II 300 Mbps interfaces or versions with additional eMMC memory (up to 64 GB). In addition to having two serial ports, they include Super Fast USB 3.0 interfaces, up to eight USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, as well as three Gen 2 PCI-Express ×1 lanes for customer specific expansions.

In addition to its extensive Windows and Linux support, the Kontron COMe-mBT10 COM Express mini Computer-on-Module family is also suitable for real-time operating systems such as Wind River VxWorks 6.8, underscoring its versatility for a variety of applications in diverse vertical markets.

First-off product samples of the Kontron COMe-mBT10 COM Express mini Computer-on-Module family will be available in January 2014. Please visit the Kontron COMe-mBT10 product family web page for further information. For more details on the COM Express mini form factor, visit the Kontron COM Express mini web page.

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