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Kontron Implements Integrated Intel Atom Processor E6xx Series on Computer-on-Modules and Panel PCs

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Kontron has announced that the newly introduced industrial-grade Intel Atom processor E6xx series will be supported on Computer-on-Modules and Panel PCs. The company’s first products to integrate the new Intel Atom processor, specified for the industrial temperature range (E2) from -40 to +85 °C, include the Kontron Computer-on-Module nanoETXexpress-TT, an ultra sized COM compatible to the new release of the COM Express COM.0 Rev 2.0 pin-out Type 10, and the Kontron rugged display HMITR, a fanless and maintenance-free display.

In addition to optimized power consumption and improved graphics performance, target applications benefit from the new processor’s high level of integration including memory, PCI Express and video / audio accelerators. These features make the new Intel Atom processor well suited for applications within the digital signage, energy, industrial automation, medical, military and transportation markets, according to Kontron. The processor is suited for HMI applications with dedicated interfaces, such as smart meters or In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems.

“With its PCI Express-based interface, the new Intel Atom processor E6xx series platform offers our customers very high flexibility for the individual I/O layouts of their x86 applications. This allows the application field of x86 technology to extend even further in the direction of very energy-efficient, small dedicated x86 systems," says Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron. "Customers can create such applications very efficiently with our nanoETXexpress-TT Computer-on-Modules for embedded PC applications and alternatively through very individual PCB- equipped PCI Express devices or programmed FPGA that we also offer."

The Kontron Computer-on-Module nanoETXexpress-TT and the Kontron rugged display HMITR both integrate the new Intel Platform Controller Hub EG20T. The new Platform Controller Hub now connects through one of four PCI Express x 1 Lanes resulting in energy efficient x86 systems with customizable interfaces. Previously, the connection was via the FSB and DMI. It also integrates a range of common I/O blocks such as SATA, USB, SD/SDIO/MMC, as well as Gigabit Ethernet MAC, and includes general embedded interfaces like CAN, IEEE1588, SPI, I2C, UART and GPIO.

Customizing can be accomplished via FPGAs or dedicated PCI Express devices.

For more information, visit Kontron.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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