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ETX 3.0 COM adopts Atom processor

26 November 2008 Computer/Embedded Technology

Kontron’s ETX 3.0 computer-on-module (COM) family of products now incorporates Intel’s new Atom processor, ensuring seven-year lifecycle support.

Based on the N270 Atom processor running at 1,6 GHz, the Kontron ETX-DC COM delivers a balance between performance and low power. With 2,5 W TDP for the processor, 6 W TDP for the graphics memory controller hub and 1,5 W TDP for the I/O controller hub, the board requires a maximum TDP of 12–15 W. This makes it suitable for POS and industrial control applications, as well as for use in harsh environments that require passive cooling and completely sealed housings.

The module has a 533 MHz FSB and supports up to 2 GB of DDR2-SDRAM SO-DIMM. In terms of interfaces, it offers two x SATA II in accordance with the AHCI standard including native command queuing and staggered spin-up, as well as hot plugging, USB 2.0 and PCI extension bus along with all the other ETX 3.0 standard interfaces. There is also continued ISA support for older applications. The optional onboard trusted platform module (TPM 1.2) provides enhanced data security.

Integrated graphics offer SDVO and support resolutions up to QXGA (2048 x 1536) via CRT, dual screen via LVDS for resolutions up to UXGA (1600 x 1200) as well as TV-out with HD resolution. There is also onboard HD audio for multimedia support. With the S0/S3(cold and hot)/S4/S5 suspend modes, the board offers advanced energy savings.

The COM integrates all of these features on a footprint of just 95 x 114 mm. A comprehensive range of software add-ons as well as design guides and sample layouts simplify the development of customer-specific carrier boards. The board supports Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows XPe and Windows CE, as well as Linux and VxWorks.



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