2/16/2006 - Parallel to the launch of the Intel® CoreTM Duo processors for embedded market segments at Embedded World, Kontron, a Premier member of the Intel Communication Alliance with worldwide presence, is introducing four embedded computing platforms with the new dual-core processors: a mini-ITX motherboard, a 3U and a 6U CompactPCI board, and an ETXexpress module (meeting the COM Express specification in accordance with PICMG COM.0). Each Kontron board is equipped with the 2-GHz Intel® CoreTM Duo processor T2500; three of them with the Mobile Intel® 945GM Express chipset and the 6U CompactPCI board with the Intel® E7520 and 6300ESB. They all offer up to twice the performance of the Intel® Pentium® M processors at the same GHz clock speed; power consumption, at up to 31 W, is extremely low. These new boards based on Intel processors will revolutionize the market for embedded computer technology, making integration of two or more previously standalone applications into a system possible without an interference between them. These new processor features can help drastically reduce hardware costs and time to market for OEMs.
"These new processors deliver a new level of performance," says Norbert Hauser, Vice President, Marketing at Kontron, in the opening of his presentation in which he presents the first Kontron produced benchmarks comparing boards based on the Intel® Pentium® M 756 processor (2.1 GHz) to boards using the Intel® CoreTM Duo processor (2.16 GHz): "The Kontron boards based on the new dual -core processors show an increase in floating point performance of over 96.5%, higher integer performance of over 89.3%, and double the 3D mark – these are performance increases that definitely validate Moore’s Law." These measurements were made in Kontron boards using a single-threaded software environment. If existing software is optimized to be multithreaded, an even more dramatic increase in performance can be expected. For many applications that were not previously available for parallel computers due to prohibitively high costs, this results in a performance explosion creating previously unimaginable possibilities. Applications such as visualization and control will also be able to be implemented in one system with various operating systems, while maintaining hardware costs under control. "We expect that Intel dual core technology will become the processor technology of choice for high-end embedded computing, delivering a level of performance significantly higher than what you could achieve with the Intel® Pentium® M processor two years ago," concludes Mr. Hauser from Kontron. Kontron will introduce a total of more than ten different embedded computing platforms with these new Intel Core Duo processors to the market in 2006.
"The Intel® Core Duo processors combine the benefits of two high performance execution cores with intelligent power management features to deliver significantly greater performance per watt" says Doug Davis, vice president, Digital Enterprise Group, general manager, Communications Infrastructure Group at Intel. "By using Intel building blocks, Kontron will be able to meet the needs of a range of embedded applications that demand both low power and high performance."
Kontron is a Premier Member in the Intel Communication Alliance. Over the years Kontron has developed a very close working relationship with Intel that enables Kontron to get early access to upcoming Intel products and technology. Beta versions of the Kontron boards are ready right after the Embedded World launch and Kontron is taking orders for samples of the four new Intel based dual-core products during the Embedded World trade show.
Application Areas for the New Dual-Core Boards
The Kontron mini-ITX board with dual core is built into classic IPCs as well as into interactive gaming machines with two monitors for two players. Its essential advantages over commercial boards are its long-term availability and low power consumption. Additional product information for this board can be found online.
The Kontron 3U CompactPCI with dual-core processor is ideal for performance-hungry, high-availability and robust industrial applications. Additional product information for this board can be found online.
The Kontron 6U CompactPCI board with IPMI brings higher CPU density primarily in the telecom and datacom sector as well as in the high-end medical and image processing sector, helping in saving space. Additional product information for this board can be found online.
The new Kontron ETXexpress modules from Kontron (COM Express PCIMG COM.01-compatible) offer dual-core performance for customer-specific embedded designs. Additional product information can be found online.
About the Intel® Communications Alliance
The Intel Communications Alliance is a community of communications and embedded developers and solutions providers who share a common vision on the convergence of computing technologies. The member companies within the Alliance are committed to the development of modular, standards based building blocks, platforms, and solutions based on Intel technologies, processors, products, and services. The availability of these standards-based modular building blocks and solutions offer the market greater choice, faster time to profit, and the opportunity to innovate using modular building blocks from multiple levels of integration - silicon, software, boards and complete systems.
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 automation, test and measurement, communications, medical, gaming and entertainment, military, aerospace, public safety, transportation, 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 2,300 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 Premier member in the Intel® Communications Alliance which means earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support.
Intel, Pentium M, and Intel Core Duo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
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