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COM Express uses 17W of power

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:computer-on-module? multicore processing? asymmetric multiprocessing?

Kontron AG has expanded its line of COM Express compact form with the introduction of the redesigned Kontron microETXexpress-PV that now includes the dual-core Intel Atom processor D525. According to the company, the device offers sound performance in a tight power envelope with 4GB DDR3 of system memory and a higher CPU frequency.

The Kontron COM Express compact Computer-on-Module microETXexpress-PV is an ideal drop-in replacement for high-performance designs previously based on Intel Pentium M processors, said Kontron. This offers OEMs a seamless migration path to energy efficient upgrades and extended usage models, increasing both the availability and investment security of their applications, added the company.

With its high performance per watt ratio and powerful dual-core processor, the Kontron COM Express compact Computer-on-Module microETXexpress-PV enables OEMs to implement multicore processing features such as asymmetric multiprocessing for dedicated 2-in-1 systems for hardware consolidation into cost-effective low power devices. Using 17W of power, Kontron said the product simplifies fanless designs, reducing R&D efforts for rugged and highly available applications in areas such as outdoor digital signage, medical, POS/POI terminals and industrial automation. On request, a version for the extended temperature range from -40C up to 85C is available for harsh environments often found in transportation and military applications.

The Kontron COM Express compact Computer-on-Module microETXexpress-PV uses pin-out type 2 definition making the most of the features supported in the second generation 1.8GHz Intel Atom dual-core processor D525 with integrated memory controller and graphics core as well as the Intel 82801HM I/O controller. It supports up to 4GB DDR3 of system memory, bringing twice the RAM resources for memory intensive applications based on Intel Atom processors, stated the company.

The device provides LVDS and VGA simultaneous graphics support for maximum resolutions of 2048x1536 via VGA or WXGA (1366x768) via 18bit single channel LVDS. With five configurable PCI Express lanes, as well as PCI, I2C, SPI and LPC bus, the module is a key COTS solution for interface-intensive ultra-low power designs, added Kontron. Furthermore, via the COM Express type 2 connector, the module includes 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 8x USB 2.0, 3x SATA II as well as optional 1x PATA. A Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and High-Definition Audio (HDA) are also provided. Supply voltages ranging from 8.5-18VDC and MARS Smart Battery support further enhance the capabilities of mobile devices the module is designed into, continued the company.

The Kontron COM Express compact Computer-on-Module microETXexpress-PV supports Windows XP, XPe and Windows 7, as well as Linux and VxWorks. Samples are available with mass production beginning 1Q12.

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