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ARM-based COM boasts low power consumption

Posted: 03 Oct 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:computer-on-module  COM  ULP-COM  ARM 

Kontron rolls the ULP-COM-sAT30 ultra-low-power, low profile ARM-based computer-on-module (COM) measuring 82mm x 50mm. The COM integrates NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core ARM 1.2GHz technology and is said to delivers an advanced, rugged and scalable building block for industrial tablet and imaging-centric applications where power consumption must be extremely low such as for those in the POS/POI, infotainment, digital signage, security/surveillance, medical and military markets.


The combination of the low power NVIDIA Tegra 3 ARM processor and ULP-COM's optimised ARM/SoC pin-out definition is said to enable fanless, passively cooled systems that cut power consumption and costs of deployed systems.

The COM is based on the Ultra Low Power Computer-on-Module (ULP-COM) module standard that has been submitted to the Standardisation Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET). It is expected to be officially released and available through SGET shortly. Kontron led the development of the new ULP-COM standard, which has received global support from the embedded community.

The COM uses a 314-pin MXM 3 connector that enables a 5.7mm profile, with board-to-board separation as low as 1.5mm. This connection method enables extremely thin designs. It also offers graphics support with dedicated interfaces for dual displays with HD video decode including MPEG2, HD video encode, ultra-low-power NVIDIA GeForce GPU with dual display controllers, and 2D and 3D acceleration. And also, flexible display support is provided for parallel LCD 18- /24bit, LVDS single channel 18bit / 24bit (18bit compatible), as well as dual channel support for 24bit LVDS (carrier board emitter) and HDMI. Plus, Kontron's new ARM-based module delivers camera support via its 2x (dual lane) CSI-2 camera ports.

To ease application development and evaluation, a ULP-COM evaluation carrier board is available. This multipurpose carrier board is engineered specifically to enable designers to easily evaluate the comprehensive feature set of the ULP-COM Computer-on-Module. Additionally, it allows end-users to test and evaluate both hardware and software functionality in their particular application. Because many ARM-based solutions support a variety of interfaces, the ULP-COM Evaluation Carrier board also supports this diverse range of interfaces as well as solid state mass storage options. Furthermore, this versatile board supports display and camera interfaces along with an accelerometer for enhanced design flexibility.

In addition, Kontron is offering a pre-validated evaluation platform with its ULP-COM Computer-on-Modules. The reference platform includes all the evaluation resources OEMs require to start development immediately including the Kontron Computer-on-Module ULP-COM-sAT30, the ULP-COM Evaluation Carrier board, pre-loaded Linux O/S and a 10.6inch 1,280 x 768 display that are mounted together on a platform for lab bench use.

Samples of the Kontron Computer-on-Module ULP-COM-sAT30 are available now, and series production will start in Q4 12.

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