Kontron Starter Kit for X-board Simplifies Mini Computer Development

7/21/2004 - Kontron, a leading embedded computer technology company, announced the availability of a new starter kit for the X-board< PXA > Computer-On-Module (COM). Designed for developers of fanless miniature computers, the board is equipped with an ARM-compatible 200MHz or 400MHz XScale PXA255 processor with power consumption of just 1.5 W. The starter kit contains all items necessary to begin immediate evaluation: an X-board< PXA > module, evaluation baseboard, Windows CE (installed from included compact flash card), a 5.7-inch color TFT display with background lighting, a JILI display adaptor, and a standard ATX-compatible power supply for 115V or 230V. Additionally, the evaluation baseboard for X-board< PXA > features the following interfaces: 3 USB, 1 LAN, 4 serial UART, 2 PCI slots for expansion cards, 1 AC97 Sound and 1 socket for vibration-proof CompactFlash cards. Memory (64MB of DRAM and 32MB of Flash) is integrated into the X-board< PXA > COM. A null-modem cable (crossed cable to link two computers via RS232 interface) also is included to connect the developer's computer with the starter kit. A Linux board support package is included on CD-ROM.

Systems based on X-board< PXA > are used when space is at a premium or when small, functional, attractive displays are needed, such as within airplane cockpits, elevators and living spaces as well as countless other embedded computer-based and industrial machines. The extremely long battery life of the X-board< PXA > makes it ideal for use in mobile applications, and the high-performance, energy-saving design offers distinct advantages over conventional x86 processor-based solutions.

A special feature of the X-board< PXA > is that USB is available as both device and host, making the solution suitable for conventional connection of USB peripherals, Plug & Play recognition in remote maintenance, or embedding of X-board< PXA > in complex USB peripherals.

The Kontron X-board< PXA > Starter Kit is now available. For further information about pricing and availability, please contact a Kontron Sales Engineer at 800-523-2320.

About Kontron:
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 1,500 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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