5/13/2004 - Kontron Modular Computers has launched the CP303-V (Value Line) CompactPCI CPU board that is based on cost-effective Ultra Low Voltage / Low Voltage (ULV/LV) Celeron® processors. The new board supplements Kontron's more complex CP303 module hosting Intel® Pentium® III M processors. With a scalable performance from 400 MHz to 1 GHz the CP303-V offers an attractive alternative to higher performance Pentium III M based boards, thus extending the CP303 product family to include lower-end markets. The cache has been halved to 256 kByte, which is more than adequate for many embedded applications.
The CP303-V contains one less Ethernet interface, however both the front and rear panels have an Ethernet interface as before for network communications. Although the remaining feature set is almost identical to that of the CP303 including the level of graphics support, the CP303-V is substantially more attractive to cost-sensitive applications since its price is roughly a third less. Despite a minimum width of 4HP, the low voltage technology enables the CP303-V to get by with only a passive heatsink. The ultra-low voltage variant consumes a maximum of 10 Watts at 400 MHz, thus allowing an entire system be operated without any active cooling. Processors are soldered directly to the board and a maximum of 512 MByte of memory is accommodated via a 144-pin SODIMM socket. Versatile connectivity is maintained by including an optional CompactFlash Type II card and rear I/O transition modules for rear cabling.
Areas of usage of the CP303-V include industrial applications such as production activity control, machine and equipment construction as well as communication computers in passenger information systems. The CP303-V is recommended for inclusion in the CP-Pocket outfit - Kontron's price optimized housing for CompactPCI systems - since it offers an alternative to compact DIN rail computers whose market segment is very price competitive. Furthermore, the front side exchangeable boards in a CompactPCI system are greatly appreciated by system integrators and service personnel and the system solution offers greater sophistication and flexibility at comparable prices.
The new CP303-V is entirely software compatible to the CP303. Should an application require greater processing performance in future, the common 4HP design allows easy upgrading to the Pentium M based CP303 and CP306 boards. The CP303-V CompactPCI CPU board will be available beginning May 2004.
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 1,700 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." Kontron is a member of the Intel Communications Alliance. For additional information on Kontron, please visit: www.kontron.com.
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