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Development board for COM Express module

Posted: 09 Jan 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:computer-on-module? COM Express? evaluation board?

Kontron AG has introduced the COM Express Reference Carrier-i Type 10 for COM Express mini Computer-on-Modules (COMs). According to the company, it is its first reference and evaluation board geared for the extended temperature range of -40C to 85C. This makes it the ideal platform either for direct deployment in, or for carrying out development of, rugged applications in extreme environments, added Kontron.

The COM Express Reference Carrier-i Type 10 can host all COM Express mini COMs with pin-out Type 10, claimed the company. In addition, it features new digital video interfaces such as DisplayPort and DVI, CAN bus and COM ports. Developers and OEMs will now have more I/O flexibility for developing scalable and ultracompact applications on a 120 x 120mm Nano-ITX footprint, Kontron stated.

COM Express Reference Carrier-I

The COM Express Reference Carrier-i Type 10 for COM Express mini COMs works from -40C to 85C.

The reference board can be directly used as an evaluation platform for developing extremely robust applications for market segments such as automation, transportation, outdoor digital signage and medical. OEMs can improve the quality and time-to-market of their COM Express mini form factor based designs as the Kontron COM Express Reference Carrier-i Type10 can be used for thermal test runs under real life conditions, even when the application-specific carrierboard is still being developed, noted Kontron.

The product offers remarkable flexibility when selecting the type of panel to be deployed. The carrierboard also integrates an Intel HD Audio Codec with optical and electric SPDIF connections for multimedia applications. Data memory can be hooked up via the two SATA standard connectors. For application-specific expansion, the carrierboard offers two Mini PCI Express extension slots with USB and SIM card support, allowing developing applications that are connected via GSM, UMTS or future LTE.

A total of seven USB ports are available, including port 7 as a USB client. That is especially important for the design of mobile applications that read data from other devices via the USB interface. LAN connection takes place via a RJ45 plug for 10/100/1000Mbit networks. Further I/O features are an SD card slot and a feature connector with several options, including the system management bus. The power supply can also fall within a wide range of 5.5-20VDC.

The Kontron COM Express Reference Carrier-i Type 10 is available now.

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