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Embedded SBC targets graphics-intensive SFF apps

Posted: 09 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded? single board computer? graphics?

Kontron has introduced its new 2.5-inch Pico-ITX embedded single board computer (SBC) KTA55/pITX with AMD Embedded G-Series and Fusion technology.

With its broad range of dedicated interfaces, small footprint (100�x 72�mm) and low power requirements, Kontron's newest embedded SBC claims to be the fastest and most cost-effective entry into the development of graphics-intensive small form factor applications. With the Kontron KTA55/pITX SBC, OEMs can utilize DirectX?11, full HD video display (1080 i/p), dual-screen control and reduce development time for small box applications such as those found in the latest digital signs and user-friendly sales kiosks.

With just 9�W TDP for the accelerated processing unitwhich integrates one or two 64bit processor cores, a programmable graphics unit plus a PCI Express Gen 2.0 controller and a DDR3 RAM controllerthe new Kontron 2.5-inch Pico-ITX embedded SBC KTA55/pITX is fit for low power applications. Developers can rely on existing cooling concepts from Kontron's portfolio and accelerate the system development. The target applications include all SFF applications with high graphics and video performance requirements, POS/POI multimedia kiosks and dual-screen installations in infotainment systems, control rooms and machine controls.

The Kontron 2.5-inch Pico-ITX embedded SBC KTA55/pITX has the 1.2GHz Single-Core processor AMD T44R or the 1.0GHz Dual-Core processor AMD T44N. This integrates up to 4�GB RAM on a DDR3 SODIMM module allowing OEMS to easily scale the system configuration according to individual needs. With the DVI-I output for DVI and VGA, the 24bit dual channel LVDS interface and the backlight output (switchable from 5�V to 12�V), OEMs can implement dual-monitor applications with resolutions up to 2 x full HD (1080p). In addition, the integrated unified video decoder minimizes the CPU load in the decoding of H.264, VC-1, MPEG, WMV and DivX HD videos. Along with the integrated high definition audio (HDA), which provides a crystal-clear audio output, the Kontron 2.5-inch Pico-ITX embedded SBC KTA55/pITX enables extremely energy-efficient video applications. With 6�x USB 2.0 OEMs can make use of a broad range of cost efficient peripherals for application-specific expansions. The integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet port offers the highest compatibility and bandwidth for networking applications. Storage media can be integrated over three 6.0�Gb/s SATA connections which can take full advantage of the high transfer rates of the more recent solid-state drives. A trusted platform module provides data security for safety critical applications and an LPC bus for legacy peripherals and 8 configurable GPIOs round out the feature set.

The Kontron 2.5-inch Pico-ITX embedded SBC KTA55/pITX supports Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Linux. Its pre-production models will be available in July 2011; serial production will begin in late Q3 of 2011.

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