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Measuring 170 x 145 mm and 1U high, COM Express-compliant ETXexpress® miniBaseboard includes PCI express x1 slot, ExpressCard54 slot on backside, 32-bit PCI slot, GbE, and 6 USB 2.0 interfaces. Storage media can connect to ETXexpress computer-on-modules via 4 SATA interfaces and device also offers CF card slot and 44-pin IDE interface. Additional graphics are connected through DVI output and digital sound is provided via optical SPDIF connector and pin header.

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Kontron ETXexpress® miniBaseboard: Extremely Compact COM Express(TM) Baseboard for Validation and Small Volume Projects

Cost-efficient standard solution for shortest time-to-market

Eching, Germany, January 24, 2008 - Today, Kontron introduced the extremely compact and COM Express compliant ETXexpress miniBaseboard with a footprint of merely 170 mm x 145mm.

For applications designed to run on COM Express compliant designs, the Kontron ETXexpress miniBaseboard serves as a universal platform for rapid software validation. Additionally, it is a cost-effective alternative to time-consuming full custom designs for small volume projects based on COM Express compliant ETXexpress modules. These include the ETXexpress-PM (Intel® Pentium® M/Intel Celeron(TM) M), ETXexpress-CD (Intel® Core Duo), ETXexpress-MC (Intel® Core2 Duo) and ETXexpress -CN8 (VIA® C7 processor).

The ETXexpress miniBaseboard meets the design guidelines of the COM Express Extension and all the state-of-the-art interfaces are dedicated for accelerated application testing with freely scalable processor performance. Therefore, time-to market for COM Express-compliant ETXexpress embedded applications is significantly reduced. As with all of Kontron's ETXexpress products, OEM customers benefit from long-term availability, robust construction and a function-tested, future-proof design.

At 170 mm x 145 mm and a height of only 1U including computer-on-module, the new Kontron ETXexpress miniBaseboard has a compact design for easy integration in almost every embedded application. OEMs also benefit from the optional power input ranging from 8.5V to 18V provided by the 4-pin ATX power connecter that makes integration into different applications even more convenient.

The Kontron ETXexpress miniBaseboard provides a host of communication interfaces including 1x PCI express x1 slot, 1x ExpressCard54 slot on the backside, 1x 32 bit PCI slot, 6 x USB 2.0 (four on the front and 2-on-pin header) and 1x Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Also, storage media can connect to ETXexpress computer-on-modules via four SerialATA interfaces. Furthermore, one CF card slot and a 44-pin IDE interface are offered. The Kontron ETXexpress miniBaseboard also provides S3 cold support for PC sleep modes. Flat panels are controlled via two standardized JILI LVDS interfaces. Additional graphics are connected through a DVI output (with VGA support). Digital sound on optical SPDIF connector and pin header as well as HD audio with AC97 sound complete the feature set.

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About Kontron
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". For more information, please visit:

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Reader contact EMEA:
Kontron AG
Oskar-von-Miller-Strasse 1 /
85386 Eching/Munich
Tel: +49 (8165) 77-777
Fax: +49 (8165) 77-279

Reader contact Americas:
Kontron America Inc.
14118 Stowe Dr
Poway, CA 92064-7147
United States of America
Tel: +1 (888)-294-4558
Fax: +1 (858) 677-0898

Reader contact APAC:
Kontron Asia Inc.
Taipei Office
4F, No. 415, Ti-Ding Blvd. Sec. 2, NeiHu District
Taipei 114, Taiwan
Tel: +886 (2) 2799-2789
Fax: +886 (2) 2799-7399

All data is for information purposes only and not guaranteed for legal purposes. Subject to change without notice. Information in this press release has been carefully checked and is believed to be accurate; however, no responsibility is assumed for inaccuracies. DIMM-PC®, PISA®, ETX®, ETXexpress® , microETXexpressTMt, X-board®, DIMM-IO® and DIMM-BUS® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Kontron Embedded Modules GmbH. Kontron is trademark or registered trademark of Kontron AG. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks or copyrights by their respective owners and are recognized.

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