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COM Express evaluation kits

5 August 2009 Design Automation

Kontron’s microETXexpress evaluation kit offers developers a fast introduction to the compact class of COM Express.

At the heart of the kit are the microETXexpress-SP or –DC computer-on-modules (95 x 95 mm) based on the Intel Atom series processors and the Kontron ETXexpress miniBaseboard. Starter kits are also available for evaluation with other microETXexpress modules.

The microETXexpress Starterkit is an all-round development platform for a wide range of embedded applications that require high performance and processing density on a compact footprint with low power consumption. It is ideal for evaluating applications that are to be operated on small mobile devices which are battery-powered or even solar-powered and small embedded devices which have a compact format while offering a high level of features. Developers working on applications in areas such as multimedia, test and measurement, medical, automation, energy, telecommunications or POS/POI can start developing on the target platform right away, due to the fact that the kit comes with the complete embedded hardware including cables, a very small power supply unit called picoPSU combined with a 12 V desktop power supply and an active cooler.

At the core of the starter kit is the Kontron ETXexpress miniBaseboard (170 x 155 mm). Thanks to its low height of approximately 44 mm – including the computer-on-module and the optional heat spreader – it can easily be integrated into embedded applications. Despite its compact size, the carrier board offers a rich feature set and state-of-the-art interfaces such as PCI Express x1, PCI, Serial ATA, PATA, CF card slot, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, COM pin headers, DVI and VGA, 2x LVDS, audio interfaces and a feature connector, which enables a direct connection from, for example, TV or video cards to the graphic card without encumbering the CPU or the data bus.

The kit is modular and can be ordered either with or without any Kontron microETXexpress computer-on-module.



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