Kontron Offers ATX-855GME Motherboard with Intel Pentium M Processor

6/21/2004 - The Intel® Pentium® M Processor - part of the Intel CentrinoTM Mobile Technology and initially created for mobile PC applications - is now available on a standard ATX motherboard designed for harsh ambient conditions. The ATX-855GME board with 400 MHz FSB by Eching-based Kontron Embedded Computers will be available for at least five years. The board's outstanding features include: a 1.6 GHz processor requiring only passive cooling; the high-performance 855GME chip set (also a part of the Centrino Technology); the ICH4 I/O hub with fast South Bridge and the latest technology support. It could have been a genuine Centrino board if Kontron had also integrated Intel's Wireless Network Connector. However, as most Embedded applications get by without this feature, this advertising-friendly add-on has been abandoned.

Even without the Centrino add-on, the board's extensive feature set stands out: up to 2 GByte DDR-SDRAM can be installed in two 184-Pin DIMM sockets. The AGPx4 slot, the standard VGA connection for high-performance graphic boards, provides up to 250 MHz to the motherboard via Intel Extreme Graphics II. Six USB 2.0 interfaces, two 16550 UART compatible interfaces (RS232 / IrDA), one 10/100 MBit Ethernet interface and one parallel interface offer abundant connectivity that can be extended by the user via six PCI interfaces. The keyboard and mouse are connected via PS/2. In addition, two floppy drives and four EIDE drives (PIO Mode 4 or UltraDMA 33/66/100) can be connected internally.

AC97 CODEC realizes sound support with line-in and line-out and microphone on slot brackets, CD-in by internal connector. The feature set of the ATX855GME board, running under Windows 2000, XP, VxWorks and Linux, is completed by a programmable real time clock, watchdog and fan, power and temperature monitoring for operation from 0C to 60C. Support of other operating systems can be provided on request. The board is also available with a 1.2 GHz Celeron M processor as an alternative to the Pentium M processor.

What Makes the Pentium M Processor so Attractive?
The Pentium M processor's exceptional feature is that it offers the computing power of a Pentium 4 at considerably lower power consumption. As the clock rate is also lower, the speed of the Pentium M cannot be compared 1:1 to the Pentium 4 speed: one can say that the Pentium M is offers similar performance to a Pentium 4 with the power consumption of a Pentium III processor. Measurements have shown that, depending on the program, the Pentium M 1.6 GHz processor can match the performance of a Pentium 4 2,4 GHz to 2,7 GHz processor. This level of performance, with low power consumption and low power loss, is particularly suited to embedded applications in the high-end area, where passive cooling is generally needed.

More Info:
Kontron Embedded Computers GmbH
Oskar-von-Miller-Str. 1
85386 Eching, Germany
Tel: +49 (8165)77-0
Fax: +49 (8165)77-219

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