COM Express boasts 3x higher graphics performance

27th November 2013
Staff Reporter

Seven new credit card sized Computer-on-Modules from Kontron were unveiled at this years SPS/IPC/Drives show. Based on the leading form factor standard COM Express, the new mini modules cover the entire embedded range of the Intel Atom processor E3800 and Intel Celeron processor N2900 and J1900 product families, formerly codenamed 'Bay Trail'.

By far the most impressive feature of the new COMe-mBT10 COM Express mini Computer-on-Module family is the three times higher graphics performance compared to previous Intel Atom processors coupled with unbeatable TDP (thermal design power) values. Although all of the Intel Atom processor E3800- based modules are designed for the extended temperature range of from -40 to +85°C, they also offer an extensive set of features, including PCIe extension options, new security functions and optional ECC memory. The enhanced, powerful and flexible x86 feature set in combination with the low-power credit card-sized footprint makes the new COM Express mini Computer-on-Modules a perfect fit for an extremely wide range of new, graphic-rich multi-touch applications.

The new Kontron COMe-mBT10 COM Express mini Computer-on-Module family (55 mm x 84 mm) with Type 10 pin-out is equipped with Intel Atom processor E3800 or Intel Celeron processors. Seven module variants are included in the range, offering wide scalability from low-power single-core Intel Atom (1.46 GHz / 5 W TDP) processor performance for energy-sensitive applications through to genuine quad-core Intel Atom (4x 1.91 GHz/ 10 W TDP) and Intel Celeron (4x 2.42 GHz / 10 W TDP) processor performance in high-end applications. The new Intel Gen 7 HD graphics integrated on the SoC offer up to three times more graphical power, including DirectX 11, Open GL 3.1, and OpenCL 1.1 support for two independent displays with 1x DP++ (DP/HDMI/DVI) up to 2560x1600@60Hz and 1x Single Channel LVDS 18/24bit with DPtoLVDS up to 1920x1200 (and optional eDP). New video HD technology additionally enables brilliant video reproduction and stereoscopic 3D viewing for an immersive user experience. The modules come with options for data memory with two SATA II 300 Mbps interfaces or versions with additional eMMC memory (up to 64 GB). In addition to having two serial ports, they include Super Fast USB 3.0 interfaces, up to eight USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, as well as three Gen 2 PCI-Express x1 lanes for customer specific expansions.

Users in all markets will benefit from double the performance, significantly improved performance-per-watt ratios and the long-term availability which the rugged new x86 modules offer. The range of applications includes everything from slim but graphics-rich and open, programmable industrial tablets and handheld PCs through to in-vehicle systems and stationary HMIs and controllers. Targeted industries are POS/POI, infotainment, digital signage, gaming, and medical technology as well as industrial automation, and mechanical engineering. With the availability of the new COM Express mini Computer-on-Modules, developers can make direct use of the extensive x86 ecosystem and the world's leading COM Express form factor standard. They can even factor already existing designs with this new performance class without having to replace carrier boards or application software. What's more, customers will benefit from Kontron's extensive software and customization services enabling their new SFF designs to be implemented faster and more efficiently.

In addition to its extensive Windows and Linux support, the Kontron COMe-mBT10 COM Express mini Computer-on-Module family is also suitable for real-time operating systems such as Wind River VxWorks 6.8, underscoring its versatility for a variety of applications in diverse vertical markets. First-off product samples of the Kontron COMe-mBT10 COM Express mini Computer-on-Module family will be available in January 2014.

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