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Kontron expands its single board computer portfolio

Posted: 17 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:single-board computers? fanless CPU boards?


Kontron has expanded its portfolio of long-lifecycle single-board computers with the launch of three fanless CPU boards equipped with the energy-saving, cost-efficient 600MHz Intel Pentium M processor, 512Kbyte L2 cache and 852GM chipset. This trio is based on the PC/104-plus, EPIC and JRex form factors and meets the needs of any small embedded application that requires mid-level performance with the lowest power consumption. These single board computers are attractively priced for cost-sensitive applications in nearly all the embedded computer technology vertical markets.

Equipped with the Intel 852GM GMCH and Intel ICH-4 southbridge, the three new single board computer variants deliver an optimized integrated graphics solution with an energy-efficient 400MHz system bus and integrated 133MHz 32-bit 3D core. All three boards support up to 1Gbyte of DDR 333 system memory.

These new PC/104, EPIC and JRex designs are particularly attractive for embedded applications thanks to the falling price of the Intel Pentium M processor, which has reached the same level as its predecessors. The outstanding advantage of this technology is a higher processing speed without higher power consumption. Three years ago, this notebook processor was part of the new and exciting Intel Centrino technology launch.

Depending on the requirements of their application, OEMs can chose between the three form factors. The 90mm x 96mm Kontron MOPS-PM PC/104-plus design is suited for most space-saving PCI and ISA designs. The Kontron EPIC/PM is designed for PCI and ISA applications requiring external standard PC interfaces soldered onto the CPU board.

The Kontron EPIC-PM now comes with a single power supply solution for ATX and 5V by an enclosed adapter. Applications that rely on JFLEX-based expansions are best provided with the Kontron JRex/PM. The Kontron JRex/PM 3.5-inch single board computer is similar to EPIC with standard PC interfaces on the baseboard and is purely PCI-based. In addition, the JRex uses only SMT components, making it an even more cost-saving design, compared to press-fit.

All three boards support Windows XP, 2000, XPe, CE and Linux and are already available.

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