Compact COM meets needs of graphics-Intensive, SFF applications.

Press Release Summary:

Based on AMD Embedded R-Series APU, COMe-cTH6 COM Express® Computer-on-Module (COM) offers 2- and 4-core processor options that give designers up to 2.0 GHz for graphics and parallel processing capabilities with up to 26 W TDP. Radeon™ HD 7000 Series+ graphics engine supports DirectX® 11 and OpenCL™, and AMD® A70M Fusion Controller Hub can host up to 8 GB DDR3 RAM as well as support 7 PCIe x1 lanes and 1 PEG x8 interface. Gigabit Ethernet, 4 SATA III, and 4 USB 2.0 ports come standard.

Original Press Release:

Kontron Introduces Powerful COM Express® Compact Computer-on-Modules for Cost-Effective Development of Graphics-Intensive, Small Form Factor Applications

Based on the AMD R-Series processor platform, the new Kontron COMe-cTH6 delivers high performance graphics for a lower cost building block alternative

Eching/Munich, Germany – Kontron today introduced a new, powerful series of COM Express® Computer-on-Modules (COMs) that enable cost-effective development of graphics-intensive small form factor (SFF) applications. Based on the AMD Embedded R-Series accelerated processing unit (APU), the Kontron COMe-cTH6 features dual and quad core processor options that give designers up to 2.0 gigahertz (GHz) of enabling high performance graphics and parallel processing capabilities with low 26 watt thermal design power (TDP), which makes the new Kontron COMe-cTH6 an attractive lower cost building block alternative. The new module delivers exceptional graphics performance due to the AMD R-series integrated Radeon™ HD 7000 Series+ graphics engine that supports DirectX® 11 and OpenCL™. The Kontron COMe-cTH6 also provides support for remote manageability, virtualized environments and platform security further enhancing application reliability while lowering the total cost of ownership. The combination of features offered with the COM Express® compact Pin-out type 6 modules offer a solid, scalable and flexible platform solution that will help speed development of applications in the medical, infotainment, gaming and digital signage markets.

Proving energy efficiency with support for the latest graphics features, the Kontron COMe-cTH6 is ideal for today’s new range of graphic-rich SFF devices that have strict power and thermal limitations.  The new modules offer comprehensive video support for a significantly enhanced viewer experience with up to four independent displays, H.264, VC1, MPEG-2, DivX, WMV, BluRay 3D and HDMI. With 7 PCI Express x1 lanes plus 1 PEG x8 interface, the new Kontron COM Express® compact modules COMe-cTH6 provide an excellent scalable platform for COM Express® compact type 6 pin-out -based applications that must satisfy ever higher demands for performance and graphics support at lower power. They also deliver support for new HD video and interactive 3D effect capabilities, as well as provide the necessary high-performance parallel processing demanded by compute-intensive applications.

“The AMD embedded processor architecture is an important element in Kontron’s ongoing development strategy that supplies a broad selection of powerful solutions to multiple industries helping designers meet the dynamic requirements in demanding applications such as infotainment and medical imaging,” said Chris Burke, CTO at Kontron. “Kontron’s extensive engineering expertise allows us to leverage the advantages provided by the more powerful AMD Embedded R-Series APUs for our next-generation module platform designs so our customers have the superior building block solutions they need to differentiate their products and remain competitive.”

The feature set in detail

The Kontron COM Express® Pin-out type 6 COMe-cTH6 module series is available in three processor options that include the AMD R-460L featuring 4x 2.0 GHz performance at 26W TDP; the AMD R-452L with 4x 1.6 GHz at 19W TDP or the AMD R-260H that offers 2x 2.1 GHz at a low 17W TDP. The modules designed with the AMD® A70M Fusion Controller Hub can host up to 8GB DDR3 RAM and support 7 PCI Express x1 lanes and 1 PEG x8 interface. Additional features include four SATA 3 ports, as well as Gigabit Ethernet and four USB 2.0 ports. The Kontron COMe-cTH6 features comprehensive display support with 3x DisplayPort++ that includes HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort.

The Kontron COM Express® compact Computer-on-Modules COMe-cTH6 supports the full Windows OS portfolio along with Linux, VxWorks and others.

More information can be found at the Kontron COMe-cTH6 product page.

More information at the Kontron COM Express® website.

About Kontron

Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology. With more than 40% 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.

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