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Kontron unveils first embedded ARM-based motherboard

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ARM Cortex-A9 Quad-Core processor board? NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor? low-power consumption?

Kontron has unveiled its first embedded ARM based motherboard in the Mini-ITX form factor (170mm x 170 mm) as part of the company's strategic entry into ARM processor technology.

The ARM Cortex-A9 Quad-Core processor board provides high media performance and low energy consumption. With its integrated, ultra low-power GeForce GPU, the ARM Cortex-A9 900MHz Quad-Core processor board offers impressive 3D graphic performance and delivers a total energy consumption of just under 7 watts.

These performance features make the board ideal for a wide spectrum of graphics- and video-oriented embedded applications like thin clients, Panel PCs and Mini-Box PCs, which are to be found in nearly all embedded computing vertical markets. The board, which has a long-term availability of at least seven years, is also suitable for markets such as medical, rail traffic and public safety.

The Kontron KTT30/mITX enables OEMs to integrate innovative ARM technology straight off-the-shelf and into their embedded applications OEMs also benefit from Kontron's comprehensive customization services and extensive software support for Android and Linux, which serve to minimize development time and costs.

The Kontron KTT30/mITX offers a selection of interfaces to suit nearly every possible application besides the numerous USB and RS232 interfaces, several audio and video interfaces and miniPCIe extension slots.

The extremely low-power consumption facilitates small passive cooling solutions. Due to the board's low height of just 15.2mmsmm, extremely flat systems can be built and mounted directly onto the back of monitor and video panels, i.e. for HMIs or cost-efficient digital signage players.

In addition, the board supports Full-HD (1080 p) video for both playback and recording purposes. As with all Kontron embedded motherboards, the new Kontron KTT30/mITX comes with a long-term availability of at least seven years.

The Kontron KTT30/mITX is based on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with four ARM Cortex-A9 CPU cores each with up to 900MHz. An additional core with up to 500MHz clock speed reduces power consumption to less than 1 watt in phases when just media playback or background services are running.

With its integrated 12-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU for low-power applications, life-like 3D graphics with dynamic lighting are possible at screen resolutions of up to 2048 x 1536 pixels. It also offers HDMI 1.4a and 24 bit LVDS video interfaces.

Peripheral devices can be connected via three USB 2.0 ports and two RS232 ports. Operating system and application data can be hosted on the bootable eMMC. Two PCIe slots, one of which can also be used as an mSATA port, are available for application-specific extensions.

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