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Kontron COM Express modules for PCI based designs

Posted: 24 Apr 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Computer-on-Module? SFF gaming? APU? PCI?

Kontron AG has revealed two devices under its COM Express compact Computer-on-Modules portfolio. The modules are dedicated to PCI based designs and are based on the energy efficient AMD Embedded G-Series accelerated processing units (APUs), stated the company. The compact Kontron COMe-cOH2 claims to deliver increased graphics performance to SFF COM Express applications with pin-out type 2, as well as parallel processing capability and low power consumption.

With support for Direct X 11 and OpenGL 4.0, the Kontron COM Express compact Computer-on-Modules COMe-cOH2 provide new graphics features and user experience to SFF gaming and Kiosk POI/POS systems. Even with high graphics performance, their optimized energy efficiency simplifies the design of appliances with tight power and thermal restrictions, said Kontron. Video oriented applications benefit from the integrated Universal Video Decoder 3.0, which enables dual HD video playback (1080p) with minimal processor usage.

For computing intensive applications such as medical imaging and automation systems, the modules offer accelerated processing power with the programmable graphics unit via OpenCL 1.1 and Microsoft's DirectCompute. With PCI 2.3 support, the Kontron COM Express compact modules COMe-cOH2 are geared for all applications based on COM Express type 2 modules that used older generations of x86 technology.

Kontron COMe-cOH2

The device touts support for Direct X 11 and OpenGL 4.0.

The Kontron COMe-cOH2 variants, based on the COM Express type 2 pin-out, are available with the 1.2GHz AMD T44R single-core APU with 512Kb cache and AMD Radeon HD6250 GPU (Kontron COMe-cOH2 T44R), or the 1.65GHz dual-core variant AMD T56N APU with AMD Radeon HD6310 graphics core and 2 x 512Kb cache (COMe-cOH2 T56N). The modules can host 8GB of DDR3 RAM via two memory sockets. Compliant with the new COM Express specification COM.0 rev. 2.0, they implement PCI 2.3, 32bit/33MHz plus six Gen 2.0 PCI Express lanes.

Additionally, they offer up to four SATA 3 ports to connect storage media, as well as Gigabit Ethernet and six USB 2.0 ports. In accordance with the COM Express pin-out type 2, the Kontron COMe-cOH2 features a VGA and 24bit single channel LVDS interface for resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 pixels. The integrated Universal Video Decoder 3.0 enables the Kontron COMe-cOH2 to decode both 1080p BluRay videos HDCP and HD MPEG-2 and DivX (MPEG-4) videos with minimal CPU usage.

The Kontron COM Express compact Computer-on-Modules COMe-cOH2 support the Windows OS range, Linux, VxWorks and others.

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