Kontron 2.5-inch Pico-ITX™ SBC Selected for Editor’s Choice Award by PC/104 and Small Form Factors Magazine

Kontron 2.5-inch Pico-ITX™ SBC Selected for Editor’s Choice Award by PC/104 and Small Form Factors Magazine

New Kontron KTA55/pITX helps streamline graphics-intensive system design

Poway, California – July 19, 2011 – Kontron today announced that its KTA55 Pico-ITX™ single board computer (SBC) has been selected as an Editor’s Choice Product by PC/104 and Small Form Factors Magazine. The Kontron KTA55/pITX was chosen by the editors for their 2011 Resource Guide issue based on its ability to streamline the development process for a wide range of graphics-intensive systems. Kontron’s new AMD Embedded G-Series-based SBC platform supports an extensive range of dedicated interfaces and low power requirements in an extremely small footprint (100 x 72 mm). PC/104 and Small Form Factors Magazine editors regularly evaluate ground-breaking technologies and products to select the Editor’s Choice award recipients.

"As the infotainment bandwagon is taking off, Kontron is making the leap a bit shorter with its 2.5-inch Pico-ITX. This small, fast embedded single board computer is primed and ready for graphics-intensive development in digital signage and sales kiosks," said Monique DeVoe, OpenSystems Media, Assistant Managing Editor at PC/104 and Small Form Factors Magazine. "Kontron’s new SBC can handle DirectX 11 and pump out 1080i/p full-HD video to dual-screen displays, while still in a low-power mode of 9 W TDP with a 5 V power supply making it a good option for the future of graphics-based infotainment development."

The Kontron KTA55/pITX
The Kontron 2.5-inch Pico-ITX™ embedded SBC KTA55/pITX features the 1.2 GHz Single-Core processor AMD T44R or the 1.0 GHz Dual-Core processor AMD T40N. The new SBC integrates up to 4 GB RAM on a DDR3 SODIMM module allowing OEMS to easily scale the system configuration according to individual needs. With the DVI-I output for DVI and VGA, the 24-bit dual channel LVDS interface and the backlight output (switchable from 5 V to 12 V), OEMs can implement dual-monitor applications with resolutions up to 2 x full HD (1080p). In addition, the integrated unified video decoder minimizes the CPU load in the decoding of H.264, VC-1, MPEG, WMV and DivX HD videos. Along with the integrated high definition audio (HDA), which provides a crystal-clear audio output, the Kontron 2.5-inch Pico-ITX™ embedded SBC KTA55/pITX enables extremely energy-efficient video applications. With 6 x USB 2.0 OEMs can make use of a broad range of cost efficient peripherals for application-specific expansions.

The Kontron KTA55/pITX is an optimal platform for all small form factor applications that have advanced graphics and video performance requirements. Applications that can benefit from this SBC platform include POS/POI multimedia kiosks and dual-screen systems designed for infotainment, control rooms and machine controls. Computation-intensive image processing and digital signal processing can also take advantage of Kontron’s latest off-the-shelf platform through minimized development times and a simplified design-in process.

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