Kontron ETXexpress-AI: COM Express Computer-on-Module with improved graphics and performance plus dependable ECC RAM

Efficient 32 nm processor technology with higher bandwidth and advanced graphics capabilities for best performance
(PresseBox) (Eching, ) The new Kontron ETXexpress-AI COM Express Computeron-Module offers OEMs a new level of design flexibility thanks to its 32 nm Intel Core i7 / Core i5 processor technology, high energy efficiency, wide graphics support, customizable PCI Express configuration and ECC dual channel RAM to ensure data accuracy. Kontron's new Computeron-Module offers improved computing and graphics performance in the highend performance sector.

The Kontron ETXexpress-AI in the COM Express Basic form factor features the processorintegrated 45nm Intel HD graphics with DisplayPort support. Especially graphicsintensive applications benefit from Open GL 2.1 support and accelerated DirectX 10 capabilities through better and faster visual display. Thus, the new Computeron-Module is able to achieve up to 2.6 times the graphics performance in comparison to Mobile Intel GM45 and GS45 Express based solutions (according to 3DMark 2006). For safetycritical applications, the Kontron ETXexpress-AI integrates up to 8 GB of ECC system memory and an optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM). The performance of the new Computeron-Modules is scalable right from the start with a choice of four different Intel Core i7 or Core i5 processors. By integrating the latest 32 nm processor technology for power use efficiency, higher bandwidth, and greater integration, the Kontron ETXexpress-AI COM raises the performance bar compared to solutions based on embedded Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The new module not only speeds up multiprocessing tasks via hyperthreading technology (HTT), but also processes singlethreaded tasks much faster thanks to the new Intel Turbo Boost technology. Depending on the processor, this allows individual cores to operate between 25% and 100% above the nominal clock speed without exceeding the defined TDP. OEMs in markets such as gaming, digital signage, network/telecommunications, automation, medical and MAG (military, aerospace, government) who require applicationspecific customization continue to take advantage of optimized timetomarket and now have an even more secure upgrade path to grow their application's capabilities today and onto future generations.

Overview of the feature set

The Kontron ETXexpress-AI is available with the 1.06 GHz Intel Core i7 620UE, the 2.00 GHz Intel Core i7-620LE, the 2.40 GHz Intel Core i5-520E, and up to the fast 2.53 GHz Intel Core i7-610E Processor. All versions support up to 2 x 4 GB of dual channel DDR3 SO-DIMM modules with ECC and offer a comprehensive range of interfaces via the COM Express COM.0 Type 2 connector: 1x PCI Express Gen 2 graphics (PEG) (also configurable as 2x PCIe x8), 6x PCI Express x1, 4x Serial ATA, 1x PATA, 8x USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, dualchannel LVDS, VGA and Intel High Definition Audio. Additionally, older non-PCI Expresscompliant components can be incorporated via the integrated PCI 2.3 interfaces. The integrated Intel AMT 6.0 Active Management Technology enables outofband remote management. An 8V-18V universal power supply for simplified power distribution rounds out the feature set.

Operating system support is offered for Windows 7, Windows XP, Linux (including Red Hat Enterprise, SuSE, Red Flag and Wind River Linux) and VxWorks. Evaluation samples of the new Kontron ETXexpress-AI Computeron-Module are now available. Series production will begin during the first half of 2010.

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