Kontron Extends ETX Line with 1.1 GHz Intel Embedded Processor Module

9/17/2003 - Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, introduced the ETX-PM CPU module -- the most compact board to date to host an Intel Pentium M processor and the first Computer-On-Module (COM) to be based on it.

The new product extends the high-performance mobile technology of the Intel Pentium M processor, part of the Intel® CentrinoTM chipset, to another Kontron embedded form factor. The ETX-PM delivers 1.1 GHz performance and 1 GByte of DDR RAM. Although the performance of a 1.1 GHz Pentium M processor is similar to that of a 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, its power consumption is comparable to a 1.0 GHz Intel Pentium III processor. With controllable heat dissipation, DDR-SDRAM (with ECC support) and USB 2.0, the ETX-PM creates a new level of performance for embedded systems.

Sample ETX-PM modules will be available in October 2003 and serial production is due to begin in the first quarter of 2004. Kontron anticipates offering production units priced starting at under $600 in small quantities (actual pricing may vary).

Compared to other COM concepts, ETX boards feature a unique cooling principle. A heat spreader provides identical thermal coupling not only for the processor on each ETX CPU board variant, but also for the entire system. This eliminates the need for mechanical redesigns when switching from one CPU board to another while making ETX boards the only COM concept of their kind to offer true open scalability without mechanical alteration.

Kontron's third embedded design in this performance class, the ETX-PM strengthens the company's leadership position in the market and in the world of embedded computer development. Other Pentium M designs recently launched by Kontron include the CP306 3U CompactPCI module and the 3.5-inch JRex-PM board. Kontron expects to announce new designs in the near future.

Kontron's ETX product line includes openly exchangeable modules based on the Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor - M, VIA C3, VIA Eden, and National Geode processors. Other features include up to 1 GByte of DDR-SDRAM memory, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, 4 USB 2.0 ports, sound, 2xEIDE (UDMA-33) keyboard, mouse, floppy disk drive or parallel port, watchdog timer and a PCI bus.

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 more than 1,100 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.

Send inquiries to Jennifer Hanson, Marketing Communications Manager, Kontron America. Tel: 858-677-0877; e-mail: sales@us.kontron.com.

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