Kontron COM Express® Computer-on-Module accelerates individual implementation of 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors

Kontron COM Express® Computer-on-Module accelerates individual implementation of 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors

COM Express® basic Computer-on-Module offers application engineers increased performance density and twice the graphics performance

Eching, Germany, June 4, 2013 – Kontron today announced the launch of the COM Express® basic Computer-on-Module COMe-bHL6 that accelerates and eases the implementation of 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 and Celeron® processors into individual application platforms. The new application-ready modules offer increased performance density and up to twice the graphics performance compared to its predecessors. Up to three independent, daisy-chained displays with up to 4K resolution are supported to create stunning user experiences. Further to this, DirectX® 11.1 and OpenGL 4.x support paves the way for compelling visuals when videos, graphics and interactive content are being displayed. By integrating the new Intel® AVX2 and OpenCL 1.2, Kontron’s new Computer-on-Modules additionally not only provide an increase in floating-point performance they also possess improved parallel processing capacities. Typical application areas can be found in markets such as digital signage, professional gaming and entertainment, medical imaging and surveillance and security as well as industrial plant and machine line control on shop floor- and control room-level.

Engineers can immediately commence with evaluating these new benchmark Computer-on-Modules on all Kontron COM Express® pin-out type 6-compliant starter kits. For customers wanting to instantly leverage the new graphics and computing power in their existing designs based on individual carrier boards, Kontron also offers standardized migration support services to accelerate the design-in phase and thus achieve fastest field deployment. Due to the fact that these new benchmark processor modules stay within the thermal envelop of their predecessors, engineers developing demanding mid-range to high-end embedded applications can immediately benefit from the improved processing and graphics performance – in most cases without having to alter the thermal system design.

The feature set in detail
The Kontron COM Express® pin-out type 6 COMe-bHL6 module is available in several different variants ranging from the cost-optimized low-power processor versions up to quad-core Intel® Core™ i7 processors with up to 4x 2.4 GHz. The modules are designed with the Intel® Mobile QM87 chipset, host up to 8 GB DDR3 RAM and support 7 PCI Express x1 lanes and 1 PEG x16 interface which is also compatible to standard PCI Express devices. Less complex peripherals can be connected via SPI and LPC. Additional dedicated features include 4 SATA 3 ports, as well as Gigabit Ethernet, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 4 USB 2.0 and 2 serial ports. The Kontron COMe-cbHL6 features comprehensive display support with 3x dual mode DisplayPort++ which can also output, HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort 1.2. Industrial applications benefit from the watchdog and real-time clock. The module supports an 8.5-20V wide-range power supply. The support of smart batteries via MARS and the standardized embedded application programming interface EAPI round off the feature set and provide engineers with a comprehensive service package that eases system development as well as system programming.

The Kontron COM Express® basic Computer-on-Module COMe-bHL6 supports the full Windows OS portfolio along with Linux and VxWorks. The product is available now in EFT quantities. Series production with full software support is scheduled to start in Q3 2012.

Datasheet and order form downloads are available at the Kontron COMe-bHL6 product page.

More about PICMG®-compliant Computer-on-Modules can be found at the Kontron COM Express® website.
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About Kontron
Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology. With more than 44% of its employees in research and development, Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world’s embedded computing platforms. Kontron’s product longevity, local engineering and support, and value-added services, help create a sustainable and viable embedded solution for OEMs and system integrators. Kontron works closely with its customers on their embedded application-ready platforms and custom solutions, enabling them to focus on their core competencies. The result is an accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership and an improved overall application with leading-edge, highly-reliable embedded technology.

Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/

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