Kontron ePanel-PM Embedded Flat-Panel SBC Targets Low-Profile Systems

The ePanel-PM SBC (single-board computer) is Kontron’s latest Intel(R) Pentium(R) M-based piece of “flatware” from the uFLAT series for the design of mobile panel-PCs or other low-profile systems such as webpads, test equipment, door and gate stations or rear-seat systems.

ePanel-PM: Kontron's High-Performance Embedded Flat-Panel SBC for Low-Profile Applications

The Kontron ePanel-PM is the logical development of the unique flat panel SBC concept, with an ultra-flat design, which Kontron introduced four years ago with the ePanel-mgx and successfully carried over to the ePanel-C3. Based on the Intel Celeron(R) M (ULV) or Pentium M (LV) processors, the computer board family is now available with scalable performance from 600MHz to 1GHz and up to 1.4GHz. Along with higher performance and, at the same time, lower energy use, the range of benefits includes USB 2.0 support, 100 Mb Ethernet, 2 x COM and LPT, DDR-RAM up to 1GB, Ultra DMA support (now also for CF cards), and an optional mini-PCI interface integrated on the rear-side, as with earlier models. The board can control flat panels with resolutions up to UXGA.

The available software support for the proven x86-platform from Intel is practically unlimited. In addition to its low energy use, the ePanel-PM includes a large number of external interfaces such as 100Mb Ethernet, and three USB 2.0 ports, making it a completely independent, self-contained system.

The operating system can be loaded from a number of sources, including CompactFlash. The PC-card slot offers unrestricted use of wireless LAN, Bluetooth, or CAN-bus adapters, to name just a few. With an integrated wide-range DC power supply, the ePanel-PM is designed for use in a wide variety of environments, from 8 to 28 volts. The smart-battery backup facility supports all standard battery types.

Besides the analog VGA interface, interfaces for TTL and LVDS flat panels are already integrated and there is a touch and matrix controller.

An I/0 adapter, connected via flat foil cable, offers a customized housing design and the option of limiting the interfaces to those that are strictly necessary. With its compact dimensions of 180 x 140 mm, ePanel-PM is exceptionally suitable for TFTs, starting with a screen size of 8 inches.

Along with the basic version, the ePanel-PM is also available in a version with NTSC/PAL video input, battery charger and mini-PCI interface. A complete starter kit – including 256MB DDRAM, CompactFlash card and all necessary cables – is also available.

Additionally, long-term availability, short design-in times and outstanding cost-effectiveness make the ePanel-PM an especially attractive solution.

Kontron will be present on the following trade shows:
embeddedworld 2007, Germany, Feb 13 – 15, 2007

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.