Kontron Debuts KT965/FLEX Embedded Motherboard with Core 2 Duo E6400

Kontron – a leading embedded computer technology company – announced the Kontron KT965/FLEX embedded motherboard. The Kontron KT965/FLEX is the first of a series of two new long life motherboards from Kontron based on the latest Intel(R) Q965 Express chipset that supports the high-performance low power Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo E6400 processor. The Kontron FLEX-ATX motherboard will be followed in Q1 2007 by the ATX form factor based KT965/ATX.

The Kontron KT965/FLEX is designed for market segments such as data communication, medical applications (i.e. ultrasound), multimedia and gaming. These market segments will not only benefit from the increased computing power and better performance-per-watt that the Kontron KT965/FLEX offers, but also the increased graphical performance through PCI Express x16.

Compared to its predecessor Intel(R) Pentium(R) D processor, the Intel Core 2 Duo series offers approximately 40 percent more application performance and 40 percent less power consumption. The new Intel Q965 Express chipset features a front side bus with 1,066 MHz. Intel Wide Dynamic Execution, a feature of Intel Core Microarchitecture, delivers four instead of three instructions per clock cycle, allowing the platform to deliver a theoretical advantage of 33 percent increased processing performance right from the start, compared to current desktop CPUs from competitive vendors.

Besides being based on the latest Intel chipset & processor technology, the Kontron KT965/FLEX is designed with a wide range of I/O features. This includes support for up to 8 GB high speed DDR2 memory that is needed by high-end applications, 2x Gigabit LAN ports, 8 USB 2.0, 2 serial ports, and high definition Audio. For expansion, the Kontron KT965/FLEX is equipped with 1x PCI Express x16, 1x PCI express x4 and 2 standard PCI ports. Interface connections for flat panel displays include LVDS, DVI and HDMI is done via ADD2 cards in the SDVO port.

“The Intel Core2 Duo processors, based on Intel Core microarchitecture, include a number of new and innovative features that deliver breakthrough energy-efficient performance for embedded platforms,” said Doug Davis, vice president and general manager, Intel Communications Infrastructure Group. “When combing the processors with the Intel Q965 Express chipset, Kontron is able to provide a family of embedded motherboards with significant computing power and the latest graphics support.”

“Our release of the KT965/FLEX, and following later the KT965/ATX, is an important step for Kontron to further expand our market share in important markets such as data communication and especially the medical segments such as ultrasound, which is one of Kontron’s primary target markets for embedded motherboards. The increased performance and lower power consumption delivered by the Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6400 makes this product ideal for these markets,” explained Kontron’s CEO Hannes Niederhauser.

The Kontron KT965/Flex will be available in Q4 of 2006. Please call for pricing information.

About the Intel(R) Communications Alliance
The Intel Communications Alliance is a community of communications and embedded developers and solutions providers who share a common vision on the convergence of computing technologies. The member companies within the Alliance are committed to the development of modular, standards based building blocks, platforms, and solutions based on Intel technologies, processors, products, and services. The availability of these standards-based modular building blocks and solutions offer the market greater choice, faster time to profit, and the opportunity to innovate using modular building blocks from multiple levels of integration – silicon, software, boards and complete systems.

Kontron will be present on the following trade shows:

HET instrument, Netherlands, Oct 30 – Nov 03, 2006, booth Texim/ Koning and Hartman
electronica 2006, Germany, Nov 14 – 17, 2006, hall A6, booth A6.706
ComPaMED, Germany, Nov 15 – 17, 2006, hall 8, booth M11
SPS/IPC/DRIVES, Germany, Nov 28 – 30, 2006, hall 7, booth 7-306

About Kontron
A global leader in embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators, and application providers in the: automation, test and measurement, communications, medical, gaming and entertainment, military, aerospace, transportation, and energy markets. The company helps its customers considerably reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage with products including: high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, human-machine interfaces, and mobile rugged computers. Kontron employs more than 2,300 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol “KBC”. Kontron is a Premier member in the Intel(R) Communications Alliance which means earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support.