Kontron Debuts 886LCD-M/mITX BGA Motherboard with 600MHz Mobile Celeron

11/3/2005 - Kontron's family of ATX-compatible motherboards just got bigger, with the introduction of the 886LCD-M/mITX(BGA). The board has a soldered ultra-low voltage 600MHz Mobile Intel Celeron processor and an Intel 855GME/6300ESB embedded chipset. This robust, fanless miniature motherboard, which measures only 170 mm x 170 mm, is designed for cost-sensitive applications that need low power and passive cooling. Highlights include a cost-effective combination of graphics integrated chipset, LVDS interface and AGP/DVO slot, serial ATA 150 with RAID-0/1 support, four USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port, and four RS232 interfaces. The board is designed for long-term availability and is used in point-of-sale or point-of-information applications, the gaming and infotainment industry, banking and measurement technology, medical equipment and industrial computers.

The 886LCD-M/mITX(BGA) provides dazzling graphics thanks to the Intel Extreme Graphics 2 controller, which is integrated into the chipset. The board has VGA, on-board LVDS and AGP/DVO graphics interfaces. The AGP/DVO interface can be used for a standard external AGP graphics card and for ADD cards, which allow a second LCD connection at low cost. Several ADD cards are available from Kontron. An on-board AC-97/DD5.1 interface or an on-board stereo amplifier provides high quality sound.

Fast hard drive connection
Besides a 32 bit/33 MHz PCI slot, the 886LCD-M/mITX (BGA) also offers the future-proof serial ATA interface and Soft RAID 0/1 for fail-safe data storage with multiple hard drives. In addition to two traditional ATA-100 interfaces, the 886LCD-M/mITX(BGA) is enhanced by the integration of two fast serial ATA 150 IDE interfaces. In contrast to parallel ATA technology, serial ATA offers point-to-point connection, allowing any connected storage medium to use the entire bandwidth. Moreover, serial ATA offers a Hot Plug capability, smaller plugs, longer cables and standardized layout and construction.

The 886LCD-M/mITX (BGA) can support up to 1GB DDR333 SDRAM and has a 400MHz front side bus. It is competitively priced at 238 Euros.

About Mini-ITX
Mini-ITX is a new ATX-compatible motherboard standard that has gained great approval from professional users. At a mere 17 cm x 17 cm, Mini-ITX is the smallest ATX-compatible motherboard form factor. Its small dimensions enable its use in very compact housings and systems. All Mini-ITX boards from Kontron are specially designed for use in embedded systems, and are therefore built to be robust and available in the long-term.

About Kontron
A global leader in embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the communications, automation, test and measurement, transportation, medical, military, aerospace and energy 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, human-machine interfaces and mobile rugged computers. Kontron employs more than 1,900 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 the only European based Premier member in the Intel® Communications Alliance which means earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support.

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