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Kontron Releases PCIe/104 MICROSPACE MSMST

By DE Editors

Kontron has introduced a PCIe/104 embedded single-board computer (SBC) based on the Intel Atom E600C processor series with industrial temperature range, which pairs an Intel Atom E600 series processor with an Altera Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) in a single package.

With the new Intel Atom E600C processor series, along with IP definable applications, the Kontron MICROSPACE MSMST adds flexibility to SBC-based applications, according to the company. OEMs will benefit from a simplified application design, reduced development efforts, faster time to market and lower total cost of ownership.

With flexible FPGA I/O options, the Kontron MICROSPACE MSMST allows OEMs to develop designs with the I/O requirements needed to address applications in specific markets. Validated IP cores are available for CAN-bus, serial interfaces (SPI Master / UART) and PCI-Express, I2C and GPIO. OEMs only need the required IP core and corresponding High-Speed Mezzanine Cards (HSMC) to carry out the interfaces. For further I/Os, Kontron also offers FPGA programming services.

“The launch of the Intel Atom E600C processor series with integrated Altera FPGA marks a new era in embedded computing,” says Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron AG. “Customers get the flexibility of an FPGA with attractive x86 performance on an integrated multi-chip module. The standard chipset is no longer needed. This paves the way for even more cost-efficient dedicated applications, which obtain their new range of functions simply via FPGA programming. Customers profit from faster upgrades, more flexibility and, on top of that, long-term guaranteed IP availability over lifecycles of dedicated components. For customers who require a high-level of individualization, there is the option of realizing these differentiations on multi-functional COTS platforms only via software and by this ensuring the use of this IP in the long term.”

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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