Kontron COM Express(r) ETXexpress(r)-SC Computer-on-Module family now offered in nine performance classes

Now available with cost-optimized Intel(r) Celeron(r) Processors to meet a wide range of solution demands

Eching, Germany, September 13, 2011 — Today, Kontron extended its COM Express® basic ETXexpress-SC Computer-On-Module product family with three entry-level modules equipped with the cost-optimized Intel® Celeron® dual core processor and Intel® HM65 Platform Controller Hub. The new Intel®Celeron® processor-based SKUs are entry-level additions to Kontron's comprehensive COM Express® Computer-on-Modules line, based on Intel’s monolithic microarchitecture. With these new versions, the Kontron ETXexpress-SC is now available in nine different performance versions with Type 2 and Type 6 Pin-out ensuring developers get the exact performance they require.

The new Intel® Celeron® based Computer-on-Modules are ideal for applications that demand dual core processing and extended graphics capabilities, but do not require the extended features of the Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 versions. Not only do the new modules bring excellent price/performance ratio, but also high quality features including long-lasting POSCAP capacitors for higher reliability and thermal resistance. Another feature includes the energy-saving power-off state S5 Eco microampere mode, which minimizes power consumption by a factor of 200 (minimum) as compared to the regular S5 state, contributing to an overall green solution. Offering extensive video capabilities with Digital Display Interfaces (DDI) for SDVO, DisplayPort and DVI/HDMI plus one CRT and one dual-channel 18/24 bit LVDS output, the new modules enable economic multi-display solutions with one platform supporting several displays. This makes the new Computer-on-Modules an ideal fit for cost-conscious and graphics-intensive applications in markets such as Digital-Signage, gaming systems, and high performance HMIs in industrial automation and medical appliances. The new modules are supported by Kontron COM Express® Starterkit Type 6 andKontron’s Embedded Application Interface (KEAPI). These tools help developers to efficiently reduce the development time of new designs and upgrades.

The feature set in brief

The Intel® Celeron® versions of the ETXexpress®-SC Computer-on-Modules based on the Intel® Mobile HM65 platform controller hub are scalable up to the Intel® Celeron® B810E dual core processor with up to 16 GB dual-channel DDR3 SODIMM ECC RAM. The digital display interfaces support SDVO, DisplayPort and DVI/HDMI besides VGA (2048x1536) and dual-channel LVDS (1600x1200). Connected displays are identified automatically via VESA DisplayID, making the integration of different monitors and panels an efficient task. The Type 6 SKUs are recommended for new designs where as the Type 2 SKUs support PCI and IDE interfaces for a hassle-free upgrade of existing applications. All versions feature 4x Serial ATA. Application developers looking for leading-edge SSD technology will benefit from the new SATA3 interfaces with transfer rates of up to 6 Gbit/s. A trusted platform module ensures maximum data security with hardware-based encryption in real time; a critical requirement for many medical, military and gaming applications. Support for a wide-range 8.5 VDC to 18 VDC power supply further simplifies the system design.

The available standard operating systems include Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Linux, VxWorks and board support packages (BSPs). All versions of the COM Express® Computer-on-Modules in Type 2 and Type 6 Pin-out are available for evaluation today. Further Intel® Celeron® versions are planned.

For further details about the Kontron COM Express® basic ETXexpress-SC Computer-on-Module please visit:www.kontron.com/products/computeronmodules/com+[...]

For further details about COM Express® go to: www.kontron.com/COMExpress

For a white paper detailing the updates included in COM Express® Rev. 2.0 specification, go to:

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Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology. With more than 30% of its employees in Research and Development, Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world’s embedded computing platforms. Kontron’s product longevity, local engineering and support, and value-added services, helps create a sustainable and viable embedded solution for OEMs and system integrators. Kontron works closely with its customers on their embedded application-ready platforms and custom solutions, enabling them to focus on their core competencies. The result is an accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership and an improved overall application with leading-edge, highly-reliable embedded technology.