Kontron Offers JREX-VE Board with VIA EDEN Processor

4/24/2003 - Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, announces the fifth board to be introduced as part of Kontron’s JRex 3.5” product family, the JREX-VE, which is fitted with the VIATM EDEN processor (600 MHz). As compared to its big brother, the JREX-VE (1GHz), the new JREX-VE delivers extremely low power consumption, low heat generation and high electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). As on all existing and future JRex boards, the interfaces for 2xUSB, LAN, Compact-Flash, keyboard/mouse, VGA, COM1, ATX feature power supply connectors and reset are always located in exactly the same physical positions. Kontron also provides footprint compatible I/O modules for system expansion. As a result of this uniformity, system integrators and OEMs are able to develop scalable products based on 3.5” boards, without the need to modify housings or connectors for different processor variants.

The JRex-VE includes the VIA TwisterTM T chipset with S3 Savage 4 engine, 133MHz front-side bus and fast IDE via UDMA-100. The on-board SDRAM-DIMM socket can accommodate up to 512 MBytes of memory and allows standard desktop memory modules to be used. The UMA graphics controller (up to 32 MByte) is an integral part of the chipset. Various display types can be easily connected via the onboard JUMPtec® Intelligent LVDS Interface (JILI). JILI automatically detects which display is connected and sets the video parameters accordingly. All JRex modules are “plug and work”, significantly reducing the solution’s time to market.

Sample JRex boards, equipped with the 600 MHz VIA EDEN processor, already are available and series production has begun. The JRex-VE is available in sample quantities (100 pcs) for $327 (US). For additional pricing information, please contact Kontron Sales. A JRex board based on the 800 MHz VIA EDEN processor will be available in the near future. Further information on JRex Single Board Computers and JFLEX peripherals as well as an online forum can be found at www.j-rex.com.

JRex is Kontron’s new family of 3.5” embedded SBCs. Each JRex board includes 2xUSB, LAN, Compact-Flash, Keyboard/Mouse, VGA, COM1, ATX feature power supply connectors and resets conveniently positioned in the same physical location from unit to unit within the product family. ATX power supply standards are met with respect to current and voltage requirements, Standby, Power Good, and fan control features (where applicable). Compared to SODIMM modules that are usually more expensive, standard desktop SDRAM-DIMM modules provide a cost effective memory solution for JRex boards. Use of the onboard JUMPtec® Intelligent LVDS Interface (JILI) simplifies flat panel integration. JILI is a universal display adapter that can be used off-the-shelf with the majority of display panels currently available on the market. This allows developers to select the optimal display for the application from the wide assortment offered by manufacturers, without having to negotiate interface incompatibility issues.

Kontron is a leading global embedded computer technology company. Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the communications, automation, transportation, medical, military, aerospace, and test and measurement 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, man-machine interfaces and mobile computers. Kontron is a member of the Intel Applied Computing Platform Provider Program (ACPP Program). Kontron employs over 1100 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The company is listed on the German Neuer Markt stock exchange under the symbol "KBC".

For additional information on Kontron, please visit: www.kontron.com.

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