Kontron Introduces ePanel-C3 Embedded Ultra Flat Panel SBC

12/20/2004 - The SBC (single board computer) ePanel-C3 is Kontron Hamburg's newest piece of "flatware" from the uFLAT series for the construction of mobile panel PCs or other low-profile systems, such as door/gate stations or vehicle rear seat systems.

It is the logical development of the unique flat panel SBC concept in ultra-flat construction, which Kontron Hamburg successfully introduced to the market last year with the ePanel-mgx. Based on VIA Eden processors, the computer board family is now available with scalable performance from 300 MHz to 733 MHz to 1 GHz. Further innovations are USB 2.0 support, DDR-RAM, ultra DMA support, maximum 64 MByte graphics memory, the integrated MPEG2 hardware decoder for DVD applications and an optional mini-PCI interface integrated on the rear. Resolutions up to UXGA are supported for the control of flat panels.

The software support available for the proven x86 VIA platform is almost unlimited. Besides the low power consumption, the large number of interfaces such as 100 MBit Ethernet and 3x USB 2.0 is remarkable; they make the ePanel-C3 a completely self-sufficient, self-contained system.

The operating system can be loaded from, among other things, Compact Flash. The PC-CARD socket offers the ability to use wireless LAN, Bluetooth or CAN bus adapters, to name just a few. With the integrated Wide Range DC power supply, the ePanel-C3 is designed for environments from 8 to 28 volts. The Smart Battery Backup Support is compatible with all current types of batteries.

As well as the analog VGA port, interfaces for TTL and LVDS flat panels are already integrated; a touch and matrix controller is also provided.

A flexible I/O adapter, connected via a flat-foil cable, offers a customer-specific housing design and the option of limiting oneself to just the necessary interfaces. With its compact dimensions of 180 x 140 mm, it is an excellent fit to TFTs with a screen diagonal of 8" or more.

In addition to the basic version, the ePanel is offered in an optional variant with NTSC/PAL video input, LVDS output, battery charger and mini-PCI interface. A complete starter kit - including 256 MByte DDRAM, Compact Flash card, lithium-ion battery and all the necessary cables - is also available.

The combination of this exceptional functionality, long-term availability, short design-in times and an outstanding cost-performance ratio make the ePanel-C3 especially attractive.

About Kontron Hamburg
Kontron Hamburg is responsible for graphics products within the Kontron group. Kontron is the worldwide market leader for embedded systems, and Kontron Hamburg is Europe's leader in graphics boards and controllers for all types of flat screens. For more than twelve years, the company has developed, marketed and sold graphics solutions, including drivers and cables. Recently, ultra-flat mobile display PCs, with the PC mounted directly on the back of the panel, were added to the product range. In keeping with Kontron's company philosophy, the Hamburg subsidiary also guarantees its customers products based on leading technology, highest quality, reliable support, competent advice and long-term product availability.

More Information:
Kontron Hamburg GmbH & Co.KG
Marschnerstieg 7
22081 Hamburg, Germany
Tel: +49(40)200090-0
Fax: +49 (40)200090-10

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