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Kontron launches three fanless CPU boards

Posted: 17 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:single board computers  EPIC and JRex  Kontron 

Fanless CPU boards

Kontron has expanded its portfolio of long-lifecycle single board computers with the launch of three fanless CPU boards equipped with the energy-saving, cost-efficient 600MHz Intel Pentium M processor, 512KB L2 cache and 852GM chipset. This trio is based on the PC/104-plus, EPIC and JRex form factors and meets the needs of any small embedded application that requires mid-level performance with the lowest power consumption. These single board computers are attractively priced for cost-sensitive applications in nearly all the Embedded Computer Technology vertical markets.

Equipped with the Intel 852GM GMCH and Intel ICH-4 southbridge, the three new single board computer variants deliver an optimised integrated graphics solution with an energy-efficient 400MHz system bus and integrated 133MHz 32-bit 3D core. All three boards support up to 1GB of DDR 333 system memory.

These PC/104, EPIC and JRex designs are particularly attractive for embedded applications, which has reached the same level as its predecessors. The advantage of this technology is a higher processing speed without higher power consumption. Three years ago, this notebook processor was part of the Intel Centrino technology launch.

Depending on the requirements of their application, OEMs can chose between the three form factors. The 90-by-96mm Kontron MOPS-PM PC/104-plus design is suitable for the space-saving PCI and ISA designs. The Kontron EPIC/PM is suitable for PCI and ISA applications requiring external standard PC interfaces soldered onto the CPU board. Additionally, the Kontron EPIC-PM is now provided with a single power supply solution for ATX and 5V by an enclosed adapter. Applications that rely on JFLEX-based expansions are best provided with the Kontron JRex/PM. The Kontron JRex/PM 3.5-inch single board computer is similar to EPIC with standard PC interfaces on the baseboard and is purely PCI-based. In addition, the JRex uses only SMT components, making it an even more cost-saving design—compared to press-fit.

All Kontron single board computers remove any concerns about time-to-market by allowing for full re-use of peripheral equipment and chassis.

All three boards support Windows XP, 2000, XPe, CE and Linux and are available now.

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