Kontron has expanded its portfolio of long-lifecycle single board computers with the launch of three fanless CPU boards equipped with the energy-saving, cost-efficient 600 MHz Intel® Pentium® M processor, 512KB L2 cache and 852GM chipset. This trio is based on the PC/104-plus, EPIC and JRex form factors and meets the needs of any small embedded application that requires mid-level performance with the lowest power consumption. These single board computers are attractively priced for cost-sensitive applications in nearly all the Embedded Computer Technology vertical markets.
Equipped with the Intel® 852GM GMCH and Intel® ICH-4 southbridge, the three new single board computer variants deliver an optimized integrated graphics solution with an energy-efficient 400 MHz system bus and integrated 133 MHz 32-bit 3D core. All three boards support up to 1GB of DDR 333 system memory.
These new PC/104, EPIC and JRex designs are particularly attractive for embedded applications thanks to the falling price of the Intel® Pentium M processor, which has reached the same level as its predecessors. The outstanding advantage of this technology is a higher processing speed without higher power consumption. Three years ago, this notebook processor was part of the new and exciting Intel® Centrino® technology launch.
Depending on the requirements of their application, OEMs can chose between the three form factors. The 90mm x 96mm Kontron MOPS-PM PC/104-plus design is ideal for the most space-saving PCI and ISA designs. The Kontron EPIC/PM is the best choice for PCI and ISA applications requiring external standard PC interfaces soldered onto the CPU board. Additionally, the Kontron EPIC-PM is now provided with a single power supply solution for ATX and 5V by an enclosed adapter. Applications that rely on JFLEX-based expansions are best provided with the Kontron JRex/PM. The Kontron JRex/PM 3.5-inch single board computer is similar to EPIC with standard PC interfaces on the baseboard and is purely PCI-based. In addition, the JRex uses only SMT components, making it an even more cost-saving design – compared to press-fit.
All Kontron single board computers remove any concerns about time-to-market by allowing for full re-use of peripheral equipment and chassis.
All three boards support Windows XP, 2000, XPe, CE and Linux and are available now.
Kontron designs and manufactures standard-based and custom embedded and communication solutions for OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontron’s diverse product portfolio includes: Computer-on-Modules, SBCs/blades, open-modular platforms and systems, HMIs, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance and was awarded 2006 Intel Member of the Year. The company is a recent three-time VDC Platinum vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol “KBC”.