9/30/2005 - With the X-board<GP8>, Kontron Embedded Modules introduces another Computer-On-Module with a sub-credit card-sized format (67 x 49 mm, or 2.6” x 1.9”). This COM bundles all the commonly used interfaces on the world’s smallest standard footprint for COMs and uses the highly integrated XScale®-based Intel® 80219 processor. Prototypes with starter kits for Windows CE or Linux are now available to facilitate and accelerate application development and testing on target platforms, saving both time and money. The highly integrated X-board<GP8> boasts a record number of features for this form factor.
The Kontron X-board<GP8> 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 the feature set.
Prototypes of the X-board<GP8> COM and starter kits for Windows CE and Linux are now available so it can be used for testing applications on target platforms immediately, even before the series design has been developed. Pricing starts at 200 euros (ca. $240) for small lot sizes (volume pricing is available).
Kontron not only developed X-board COMs but also the ETX, ETXexpress, DIMM-PC and E˛Brain 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. In addition to this COM solution for the XScale® PXA255 processor, Kontron also offers a 3.5” board with the same processor. This solution is ideal for all standard scenarios in which application-specific peripherals can be connected with no need to develop additional hardware components.
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.
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