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Kontron develops embedded API

2 March 2011 Computer/Embedded Technology

With the launch of its Embedded Application Programming Interface (EAPI), Kontron has standardised the access and control of hardware resources for embedded applications.

Application developers can benefit from a rich and sophisticated library of API functions for getting information from all new Kontron embedded computing platforms. Kontron EAPI is compliant to the PICMG’s EAPI but independent of form factors and operating systems and offers an extended feature set. It helps to minimise OEMs’ development work and the time spent on initial designs up to cross-platform migrations, including validation and verification. Additionally, the EAPI enables remote monitoring and control functionalities, resulting in improved service and easier maintenance.

The first products to be fitted with the new EAPI are the Kontron embedded motherboard KTQ45, the Kontron COM Express Computer-on-Module nanoETXexpress-SP and Kontron’s MICROSPACE MPCX line of industrial PCs. All new platforms to be launched after this announcement will also be supported. No matter what Kontron platform is used for in the future, developers will find an identical set of function calls for dedicated tasks. The software interfaces to the hardware can be easily linked to any higher programming language like C++ or Java.

Kontron EAPI is compliant to the PICMG’s EAPI as defined in the latest COM Express specification, COM.0 Rev. 2, but extends its feature set by additional function calls such as basic system information (eg, CPU, memory, HDD, battery), temperature and voltage monitoring, CPU performance and thermal control. Moreover, Kontron EAPI includes more form factors — from AdvancedTCA to VPX — and all functions can be called remotely via Internet.

For more information contact Osiris Technical Systems, 0861 674 747, info@osiris.co.za, www.osiris.co.za



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