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Intel Core 2 Duo spices up COM Express module

Posted: 15 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:COM Express module? Intel Core 2 Duo? Centrino notebook platform?

Kontron AG has added a new module to its family of ETXexpress Computer-On-Modules (COM) that features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (up to 2.2GHz).

The Kontron ETXexpress-MC, which is also built around Intel's latest 965GM Express chipset that is part of the fourth generation of Intel's Centrino notebook platform, will offer optimized graphics features and will be the most robust and power-efficient COM Express product.

The Kontron ETXexpress-MC will feature up to 800MHz FSB. The clock speed can be dynamically reduced as required by the operating workload. Thus, it offers an improved fit for many 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 enhanced power efficiency. The chipset logic recognizes 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 Kontron ETXexpress-MC will offer 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 X3100 for piping video data through the pixel shaders. Integrated DPST 3.0 saves up to an additional 400mW of power by switching between progressive and interlaced display modes.

Planned for initial launch this third quarter, the Kontron ETXexpress-MC will be one of the first COM Express pinout type 2 compliant modules supporting fast dual-channel memory up to 4Gbytes via two 533MHz or 667MHZ DDR2 SO-DIMM sockets positioned on the top side of the module.

It has 5x PCIe x1 lanes, 3x serial ATA ports, and 8x USB 2.0 ports along with GbE. All Kontron ETXexpress COMs provide PCIe, PCI 32, USB 2.0 and serial ATA that remain in the same physical positions on each module, guaranteeing scalability within the product family.

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

- Ismini Scouras

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