Kontron has launched a new reference carrier board for COM Express basic and compact computer-on-modules with pin-out type 6. The Kontron COM Express Reference Carrier Type 6 is specifically designed for the development of innovative SFF applications and supports all future-oriented interfaces required in small and portable applications.
OEMs can leverage the new reference carrier board in the Mini-ITX form factor to accelerate application development or use it off-the-shelf paired with the broad ecosystem of Mini-ITX accessories to improve time to market and development cost of their innovative applications.
The broad range of graphic interfaces, including LVDS, DDI (DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI) and VGA (via DVI-I), enables developers to connect any embedded display type without the need for additional components. High-speed serial interfaces including USB 3.0 allow connection of the most modern peripheral components to facilitate building small and portable systems with commercially available standard components.
Furthermore, with SIM card support and Smart Battery support, OEMs can use the new reference carrier board to simply develop a broad range of always-connected mobile devices found in markets such as digital signage, POS/POI, medical, transportation and industrial automation.
The board can host all COM Express pin-out type 6 modules in the compact (95 x 95 mm) or basic (125 x 95 mm) form factors. Along with the common embedded LVDS interface for internal displays, the new reference carrier board supports three DDI interfaces, with one interface each for DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-I that also transmits analog VGA signals.
For the development of multimedia applications, it also integrates a Realtek HD audio codec with digital and optical SPDIF in/out and 5.1 audio jacks. Internal hard drives and SSDs can be hooked up via three SATA connectors and for external drives, there is an eSATA port.
Application-specific expansion can be achieved via one PCI Express x4 slot, one Express Card connector with USB and one Mini PCI Express slot with USB and SIM card support. This makes developing connected applications with GSM, UMTS or future LTE support a simple task.
In addition to two USB 2.0 ports, there are also two USB 3.0 ports that support super-fast peripherals such as 3rd party HD cameras or storage media. LAN connection is supported through an RJ45 plug for 10/100/1000 Mbps networks. Further interfaces include two COM interfaces, GPIO and fan control.
The power supply is available either via the standard ATX power connector or Smart Battery connectors for the development of battery-powered mobile applications.
For more information contact www.kontron.com