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Miniature COM Express baseboard

6 August 2008 Computer/Embedded Technology

New from Kontron is a compact and COM Express compliant ETXexpress mini-Baseboard with a footprint of only 170 x 145 mm.

For applications designed to run on COM Express compliant designs, the miniBaseboard serves as a universal platform for rapid software validation. Additionally, it is a cost-effective alternative to time-consuming full custom designs for small volume projects based on COM Express compliant ETXexpress modules. These include the ETXexpress-PM (Intel Pentium M/Intel Celeron M), ETXexpress-CD (Intel Core Duo), ETXexpress-MC (Intel Core2 Duo) and ETXexpress-CN8 (VIA C7 processor).

The board meets the design guidelines of the COM Express extension and all the state-of-the-art interfaces are dedicated for accelerated application testing with freely scalable processor performance. As with all of Kontron's ETXexpress products, OEM customers benefit from long-term availability, robust construction and a function-tested, future-proof design.

At 170 x 145 mm and a height of only 1U including computer-on-module, the miniBaseboard has a compact design for easy integration in almost every embedded application. OEMs also benefit from the optional power input ranging from 8,5 V to 18 V provided by the 4-pin ATX power connecter that makes integration into different applications even more convenient.

The board provides a host of communication interfaces including one x PCI express x1 slot, one x ExpressCard54 slot on the backside, one x 32 bit PCI slot, six x USB 2.0 (four on the front and 2-on-pin header) and one x Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Also, storage media can connect to ETXexpress computer-on-modules via four SerialATA interfaces. Furthermore, one CF card slot and a 44-pin IDE interface are offered.

The miniBaseboard also provides S3 cold support for PC sleep modes. Flat panels are controlled via two standardised JILI LVDS interfaces, while additional graphics are connected through a DVI output (with VGA support). Digital sound on optical SPDIF connector and pin header as well as HD audio with AC97 sound complete the feature set.



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