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Express-based module offers optimized graphics

Posted: 23 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel Core 2 Duo? COM Express module? computer-on-modules?

Kontron announced the latest addition to its family of ETXexpress Computer-On-Modules (COM)the Kontron ETXexpress-MC.

The Kontron ETXexpress-MC is 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 Centrino notebook platform. The Kontron ETXexpress-MC 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, this module offers an improved fit for many embedded applications, including those that are temperature and power sensitive.

Moreover, 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 (GMA) X3100 for piping video data through the pixel shaders. Integrated Display Power Saving Technology (DPST) 3.0 saves up to an additional 400mW of power by switching between progressive and interlaced display modes.

Planned for initial launch later this year, 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 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 Windows XP, 2000, XPe, CE and Linux will be available starting in Q3 '07.

- Ismini Scouras

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