Kontron adds robust BGA motherboards to the Mini-ITX family

Kontron adds robust BGA motherboards to the Mini-ITX family

Value solution with passively cooled mobile Intel® Celeron® power

Hørsholm / Denmark, 2. November 2005 - Kontron’s family of ATX-compatible motherboards just got bigger, with the introduction of the 886LCD-M/mITX(BGA). The board has a soldered ultra-low voltage 600MHz Mobile Intel Celeron processor and an Intel 855GME/6300ESB embedded chipset. This robust, fanless miniature motherboard, which measures only 170 mm x 170 mm, is designed for cost-sensitive applications that need low power and passive cooling. Highlights include a cost-effective combination of graphics integrated chipset, LVDS interface and AGP/DVO slot, serial ATA 150 with RAID-0/1 support, four USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port, and four RS232 interfaces. The board is designed for long-term availability and is used in point-of-sale or point-of-information applications, the gaming and infotainment industry, banking and measurement technology, medical equipment and industrial computers.

The 886LCD-M/mITX(BGA) provides dazzling graphics thanks to the Intel Extreme Graphics 2 controller, which is integrated into the chipset. The board has VGA, on-board LVDS and AGP/DVO graphics interfaces. The AGP/DVO interface can be used for a standard external AGP graphics card and for ADD cards, which allow a second LCD connection at low cost. Several ADD cards are available from Kontron. An on-board AC-97/DD5.1 interface or an on-board stereo amplifier provides high quality sound.

Fast hard drive connection
Besides a 32 bit/33 MHz PCI slot, the 886LCD-M/mITX (BGA) also offers the future-proof serial ATA interface and Soft RAID 0/1 for fail-safe data storage with multiple hard drives. In addition to two traditional ATA-100 interfaces, the 886LCD-M/mITX(BGA) is enhanced by the integration of two fast serial ATA 150 IDE interfaces. In contrast to parallel ATA technology, serial ATA offers point-to-point connection, allowing any connected storage medium to use the entire bandwidth. Moreover, serial ATA offers a Hot Plug capability, smaller plugs, longer cables and standardized layout and construction.

The 886LCD-M/mITX (BGA) can support up to 1GB DDR333 SDRAM and has a 400MHz front side bus. It is competitively priced at 238 Euros.

About Mini-ITX
Mini-ITX is a new ATX-compatible motherboard standard that has gained great approval from professional users. At a mere 17 cm x 17 cm, Mini-ITX is the smallest ATX-compatible motherboard form factor. Its small dimensions enable its use in very compact housings and systems. All Mini-ITX boards from Kontron are specially designed for use in embedded systems, and are therefore built to be robust and available in the long-term.

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