Evaluation Kit offers intro to compact class of COM Express(TM).

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Designed to accelerate development of compact designs, Starterkit includes ETXexpress® miniBaseboard (170 x 155 x 44 mm) with diverse I/O selection and microETXexpress®-SP or -DC Computer-on-Modules (95 x 95 mm) based on Intel® Atom(TM) series processors. Development platform also comes with complete embedded hardware, including cables, picoPSU power supply unit combined with 12 V desktop power supply, and active cooler.

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Kontron Evaluation Kit for the Compact COM Express(TM) Class

Speeds up the development of compact designs with Intel® Atom(TM) series processors

Eching, Germany, July 1st, 2009 - The Kontron microETXexpress® evaluation kit offers developers a fast introduction into the compact class of COM Express(TM). At the heart of Kontron's new Starterkit are the Kontron microETXexpress®-SP or -DC Computer-on-Modules (95 x 95 mm) based on the Intel® Atom(TM) series processors and the Kontron ETXexpress® miniBaseboard. Starterkits are also available for evaluation with other microETXexpress® modules.

The Kontron microETXexpress® Starterkit is an all-round development platform for a wide range of embedded applications that require high-performance and processing density on a compact footprint with low-power consumption. It is ideal for evaluating applications that are to be operated on small mobile devices which are battery-powered or even solar-powered and small embedded devices which have a compact format while offering a high level of features. Developers working on applications in areas such as multimedia, test and measurement, medical, automation, energy, telecommunications or POS / POI can start developing on the target platform right away, due to the fact that the Kontron microETXexpress® Starterkit comes with the complete embedded hardware including the cables, a very small Power Supply Unit called picoPSU combined with a 12V desktop power supply and an active cooler.

At the core of the Kontron microETXexpress® Starterkit is the Kontron ETXexpress® miniBaseboard (170 x 155 mm). Thanks to its low profile height of approx. 44 mm - including the Computer-on-Module and the optional heat spreader - it can easily be integrated into embedded applications. Despite its compact size, the carrier board offers a rich feature set and all state-of-the-art interfaces: PCI Express x1, PCI, Serial ATA, PATA, CF card slot, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, COM pin headers, DVI and VGA, 2x LVDS, audio interfaces and a feature connector, which enables a direct connection from, for example, TV or video cards to the graphic card without encumbering the CPU or the data bus. The HD Audio codec and bringing down 4 video connectors from a COM Express(TM) Pin-out Type 2 module is outstanding and underlines the microETXexpress module's multimedia features.

The Kontron microETXexpress® Starterkit is modular and can be ordered either with or without any Kontron microETXexpress® Computer-on-Module The Starterkit will soon be available for Kontron microETXexpress®-SP Computer-on-Modules with 1.1 GHz or 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom(TM) Z5xx series processors and the Intel® System Controller Hub US15W, and for the new Kontron microETXexpress®-DC Computer-on-Module with 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom(TM) N270 processors. Kontron's new highly-efficient power-off state S5 Eco that is supported on the Kontron microETXexpress®-DC works with the Starterkit. Also available are microETXexpress® Computer-on-Modules with 45 nm Intel® Core(TM)2 Duo processors (Kontron microETXexpress® PC) and Intel® Pentium® M and Intel® Celeron® M processors (Kontron microETXexpress®-PM).

Further starter kits with Intel® Atom(TM) processors for solutions based on the credit card-sized Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP Computer-on-Module or PCI/ISA based Kontron ETX®-DC Computer-on-Modules are also available in both the nanoETXexpress-HMI and the ETX® starter kit. Whichever modular kit - that can be ordered with or without any corresponding Kontron Computer-on-Module - is employed, OEM customers will profit from the long-term availability and the robust, function-tested and future-proof design.

For more information on the microETXexpress® evaluation kit, please visit: http://kontron.com/products/computeronmodules/com+express/microetxexpress/microetxexpress+starterkit.html

More information on the Kontron microETXexpress®-SP Computer-on-Module: www.kontron.com/products/computeronmodules/com+express/microetxexpress/microetxexpresssp.html

More information on the Kontron microETXexpress®-DC Computer-on-Module: www.kontron.com/products/computeronmodules/com+express/microetxexpress/microetxexpressDC.html

More information on microETXexpress® Computer-on-Modules: www.kontron.com/products/computeronmodules/com+express/microetxexpress/

More information on Computer-on-Modules: www.kontron.com/COM

About Kontron
Kontron designs and manufactures embedded and communications standards-based, rugged COTS and custom 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: boards & mezzanines, Computer-on-Modules, HMIs & displays, systems & platforms, and rugged & custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance and has been a VDC Platinum Vendor for Embedded Computer Boards 5 years running. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com

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