Kontron Showcases X-board with Intel Xscale 80219 at Embedded Show

11/28/2005 - Kontron attends Embedded Technology 2005, one of the three annually embedded festivals in Japan. It attracts thousands of engineers and high ranking decision makers to attend the banquet. This year, Kontron presents its latest X-board at Intel's booth in Japan. And thanks to Kontron's launche of this embedded technology of Computer-On-Module X-board, which is equipped with a highly integrated Xscale®-based Intel® 80219 processor, system developers can set new records in the ratio of available features to product size.

Kontron's X-board COM with an Intel® 80219 General Purpose PCI processor is available with either 400 MHz or 600 MHz processing power and carries up to 128 MB of on-board DRAM and up to 32 MB of on-board Flash. It combines the Intel® XScale® core with an integrated PCI bus bridge and smart peripheral interfaces on a surface area only 67 x 49 mm (2.6" x 1.9"). In addition, the new COM features the AC97 Audio CODEC, 16 MB of on-board graphics memory, CRT and LCD/TFT display support providing outstanding graphics and video capabilities with resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 pixels and all of the interfaces needed for mobile multimedia devices. 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, USB 2.0 and the other standard interfaces on the X-board form factor complete feature set.

Kontron not only developed X-board COMs but also the ETX, ETXexpress, DIMM-PC and E²Brain standards and all the other major COM form factors, thus demonstrating its leading position in this high-growth segment of embedded computer technology. No other manufacturer has yet been able to introduce alternative designs with long-term success.

System designs based on COMs
COMs (Computer-On-Modules) are particularly attractive because they can be implemented in embedded systems as add-on components to lower development costs and shorten time-to- market. Only the application-specific peripherals need to be developed - the computer's brain is already in place.

X-board, the next-generation Mini-COM form factor
X boardTM modules resemble business cards in size (67 x 49 mm, or 2.6" x 1.9") and are fully PCI- and LPC-compatible. They provide all the relevant current interfaces, including USB, LAN and serial interfaces as well as sound and LCD. Because the so-called legacy interfaces (PS/2, floppy and parallel interfaces and ISA bus) are already on their way out, they are not provided for in X-board modules. This means that not only x86 processors but also ARM or MIPS processor architectures can be used for the first time ever and results in a multitude of new application options for the Computer-On-Module standard. The X-board design closes the gap between DIMM-PC and ETX. OEMs, requiring more power than a DIMM-PC can offer and needing fewer features than an ETX provides, are hence perfectly served by the new X-board. For further information on the X-board standard please contact Kontron directly.

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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