Pico-ITX SBC targets graphics-intensive projects
Digital signage, infotainment systems, and multimedia sales kiosks are examples of projects that require designers to package control functionality into a small form factor, reduced-power embedded device that supports HD video displays. With these applications in mind, Kontron recently announced the new KTA55/pITX, a 2.5″ Pico-ITX embedded SBC based on the AMD Embedded G-Series processor. The AMD accelerated processing unit integrates one or two 64-bit processor cores, a programmable graphics unit that supports DirectX 11 and dual-screen 1080p video displays, plus a PCI Express Gen2 controller and a DDR3 RAM controller. The module features a 100 mm x 72 mm footprint and includes six USB 2.0 ports, an integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, three 6.0 Gbps SATA connections, a low pin count bus for legacy peripherals, and eight configurable GPIO. A trusted platform module provides data security for safety-critical applications. The KTA55/pITX supports Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Embedded Standard 7, and Linux.