Press Release Summary:
Evaluation kit for development and testing of fanless miniature computers is based on business card-sized computer-on-module X board
Original Press Release:
Comprehensive Starter Kit for Miniature Computers
Deggendorf, Germany, 22 November - Kontron has created a new evaluation kit for developers of fanless miniature computers. It is based on the business card-sized Computer-On-Module X board
The starter kit
The starter kit contains everything developers need, right down to the power cord for the power supply, so evaluation can begin immediately. This simplifies and speeds up the development and testing of applications on the target platform and saves the user time and money. The evaluation baseboard for the X board
The Kontron X-board
Prototypes of the X-board
Kontron not only developed X-board COMs but also the ETX, ETXexpress, DIMM-PC and E²Brain standards and all the other major COM form factors, thus demonstrating its leading position in this high-growth segment of embedded computer technology. No other manufacturer has yet been able to introduce alternative designs with long-term success.
System designs based on COMs
COMs (Computer-On-Modules) are particularly attractive because they can be implemented in embedded systems as add-on components to lower development costs and shorten time-to-market. Only the application-specific peripherals need to be developed - the computer's brain is already in place.
X-board, the next-generation Mini-COM form factor
X board(TM) modules resemble business cards in size (67 x 49 mm, or 2.6" x 1.9") and are fully PCI- and LPC-compatible. They provide all the relevant current interfaces, including USB, LAN and serial interfaces as well as sound and LCD. Because the so-called legacy interfaces (PS/2, floppy and parallel interfaces and ISA bus) are already on their way out, they are not provided for in X-board modules. This means that not only x86 processors but also ARM or MIPS processor architectures can be used for the first time ever and results in a multitude of new application options for the Computer-On-Module standard. The X-board design closes the gap between DIMM-PC and ETX. OEMs, requiring more power than a DIMM-PC can offer and needing fewer features than an ETX provides, are hence perfectly served by the new X-board. For further information on the X-board standard please contact Kontron directly.
Additional information on X-board(TM) on the Internet:
White paper: http://kontron-emea.com/downloads/white_papers/xb-intro.pdf
Data sheet: http://kontron-emea.com/downloads/datasheet/X-board-GP8.pdf
Design guide: http://kontron-emea.com/downloads/white_papers/X-Designguide110.pdf
Reference design: http://kontron-emea.com/downloads/white_papers/Kontron_Intel_case_study_v_04.pdf
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 communications, automation, test and measurement, transportation, medical, military, aerospace and energy markets. The company helps its customers to considerably reduce their time-to-market and to 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 1,900 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 the only European based Premier member in the Intel® Communications Alliance which means earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support.