Kontron Rolls Out CompactPCI CPU Board with Intel Pentium M Processor

7/22/2003 - The new CP306 CompactPCI 3U CPU board from Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, is based on the Intel® Pentium® M processor. Clocked at a mere 1.6 GHz, the CP306 delivers performance similar to that of a 2.4 GHz desktop-class Intel® Pentium® 4 processor. Compared to its predecessors, the board’s power dissipation has been reduced by approximately 50 percent and requires only passive cooling methods. With both the processor and memory soldered directly to the cPCI board, the CP306 represents true ruggedness in embedded computing, making it suitable for use in harsh environments. Additionally, the CP306 1.1 GHz variant can be operated in the extended temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. These features and many more make the CP306 ideal for applications such as robotics, mobile data acquisition systems, aircraft cockpits and train driver cabins. For other applications that do not call out the high performance of the CP306, scaled down 3U cPCI CPU boards such as the CP303 (Mobile Pentium III M processor at up to 1.2 GHz) or the CP302 (Mobile Pentium III processor up to 700 MHz) also are available.

Extensive communication interfaces as well as a high performance processor with up to 1.6 GHz clock rate, 1MB L2 on the cache, 333 MHz memory clock rate and 400 MHz processor side bus are integrated into the CP306 design. These on-board communications interfaces include 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x Fast Ethernet, 4 x USB 2.0 and up to 4 COM channels. Kontron also can enhance the peripheral interface upon request using Kontron rear I/O modules. A dual ATA100 interface and a CompactFlash socket also are among the board’s standard features. Memory options include a maximum of 512MB DDR-SDRAM/PC333. The board is available as a single slot (4HP) or a dual slot (8HP). The 8HP CP306 variant provides legacy support and a 2.5” HDD carrier.

The operating systems supported include Windows XP, XP Embedded and 2000, Linux and VxWorks. Various Board Support Packages (BSPs) also are available.

Kontron anticipates that the CP306 will be available for purchase beginning end of July 2003, with production units starting at $3,300 in small quantities.

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 employs over 1100 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". For additional information on Kontron, please visit: www.kontron.com.

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