7/6/2004 - Kontron has put together a new evaluation kit for developers of fanless miniature computers, which is based on the business card-sized Computer-On-Module X-board<PXA>. The board is equipped with an ARM-compatible 200MHz or 400MHz XScale PXA255 processor and has a power consumption of just 1.5 W.
The starter kit contains everything needed to begin an evaluation: an ATX-compatible power supply for 115 V or 230 V, a 5.7" color TFT display with background lighting and a JILI display adaptor. In addition, the evaluation baseboard for X-board<PXA> has the following interfaces: 3x USB, 1x LAN, 4x serial UART, 2x PCI slots for expansion cards, AC97 Sound and 1 socket for vibration-proof CompactFlash cards. 64 MByte of DRAM and 32 MByte of Flash memory are already integrated into X-board<PXA>. In addition to the kit a null-modem cable (crossed cable to link two computers via RS232 interface) is delivered to connect the developer's computer with the starter kit. Windows® CE is pre-installed, and the Linux board support package is included on CD-ROM.
Systems based on X-board<PXA> are employed when space is tight or when small displays that are both functional and attractive are needed: in airplane cockpits, elevators, living spaces and (mobile) devices for daily use -- as well as in countless varieties of machines and industrial equipment. Its extremely long battery life makes it ideal for use in mobile applications, and its advantageous combination of high performance and energy-saving design leaves conventional x86 processors way behind.
A special feature of X-board<PXA> is that USB is available as both device and host. Thus, this solution is suitable for conventional connection of USB peripherals, for Plug & Play recognition for remote maintenance or for embedding of X-board<PXA> in complex USB peripherals.
Kontron Embedded Modules GmbH
94469 Deggendorf, Germany
Tel: +49 (991)37024-0
Fax: +49 (991)37024-102
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