Family of Products Grows to Include New Basic and Micro Form Factor Modules with the VIA C7 Processor and Companion Chipset
BOSTON, September 19, 2007 Today, Kontron introduced two new ETXexpress (a COM Express solution) modules based on the VIA C7® processor paired with the VIA CN896 and VIA VT8251chipset: The Kontron ETXexpress-CN8 and the Kontron microETXexpress-CN8. These two new modules fill the gap between the already available and widely adopted Kontron microETXexpress-PM and the Kontron ETXexpress-PM Computer-on-Modules (COMs), offering embedded designers the scalability needed with considering long-term embedded solutions.
The Kontron ETXexpress-CN8 is 100 percent compliant with the COM Express standard (basic form factor 95mm x 125mm) as defined by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group. Versions of this module will be available with either the VIA C7 or Eden 7 processors (1.5GHz and higher) paired with the VIA CN800 and VIA VT8251 chipset. The Kontron ETXexpress-CN8 will support two PCI Express x1 lanes along with Gigabit Ethernet. Support for eight USB 2.0 ports provides fast and sufficient interfaces for external peripherals. Applications requiring the PCI and IDE interfaces are still supported by the Kontron ETXexpress-CN8 module that follows the COM Express Type 2 pin-out.
For embedded applications that would like to reuse the enclosure from previous solutions, yet bring in more modern bus technologies, the Kontron microETXexpress-CN8 is a perfect fit at 95mm x95mm. Built around the VIA Eden 7 processor (up to 1.0GHz) and the with the VIA CN800 and VIA VT8251 chipset, this micro COM Express compatible module is a great solution. The Kontron microETXexpress-CN8 offers support for up to 2GB of systems memory, 4x Serial ATA, two PCI Express x1 lanes, Gigabit Ethernet, dual video streaming capabilities and much more with an estimated power consumption of 15 Watts.
Both modules support Microsoft Vista. Kontron anticipates having samples of the Kontron ETXexpress-CN8 and Kontron microETXexpress-CN8 modules available by Q4 2007, giving embedded designers the immediate opportunity to evaluate these low-cost COM Express solutions. To learn more about the two new products please visit us at www.kontron.com/com.
Kontron designs and manufactures standard-based and custom embedded and communication solutions for OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontrons diverse product portfolio includes: Computer-on-Modules, SBCs/blades, open-modular platforms and systems, HMIs, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel® Communications Alliance and was awarded 2006 Intel Member of the Year. The company is a recent three-time VDC Platinum vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com.
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Christine Van De Graaf
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