Kontron Announces Over 10 Embedded Platforms Based on 2nd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i3/i5/i7 Processor Family

By Kontron, PRNE
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Performance boost and greater flexibility through unified cross platform middleware and FPGA based I/O design services

ECHING, Germany, January 5, 2011 - Parallel to the launch of the 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM)
processors, Kontron announced that it will be supporting this advanced new
microarchitecture with CPU, processor graphics, memory controller (some
with ECC support) and PCIe controller on a single die on over 10 embedded
platforms. The 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i3/i5/i7 processors have a
completely new microarchitecture, enabling small-sized designs to be created
with unmatched computing power, graphics performance and energy efficiency on
a small footprint*. In addition, with Kontron's value-added middleware, and
strength in offering market-specific I/Os via FPGA, even more specific
applications can be custom-tailored.

The first Kontron product to feature this highly integrated processor
with improved graphics performance is the Kontron COM Express(TM) basic
ETXexpress(R)-SC Computer-on-Module. In Q1 2011, a mini-ITX, Flex-ATX
embedded motherboard and 6U CompactPCI(R) blade will follow. Other platforms
planned for 2011 include 3U CompactPCI(R), 3U VPX, AdvancedMC(TM),
PCIe/104(TM), ATX embedded motherboards, several industrial PCs.

"With our new COM Express(TM) Module ETXexpress(R)-SC and all other
upcoming platforms, customers are able to create very energy-efficient
high-performance applications directly with the availability of this new
processor generation," says Dirk Finstel, CTO at Kontron. "On top of this, we
support them with our cross platform middleware, Kontron EAPI (Kontron
Embedded Application Programming Interface), that offers a highly efficient
I/O access and application migration to reduce engineers R&D efforts and time
to market for the next generation applications. Our service doesn't stop at
this unique feature set either. Additionally, we also offer extensive custom
design services as well as migration support that include validation and
verification. The goal of all those value adding features to this amazing new
processor is to drive customers' R&D costs and time-to-market down to a

"The improvements inherent in the 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM)
processor family allow customers to enhance performance, as well as save
money through reduced bill of materials (BOM) and by increasing design reuse
over time," says Matt Langman, director of product marketing, Embedded
Computing Division, Intel. "I/O flexibility is offered through up to twenty
PCIe lanes, and architectural changes have improved the performance while
reducing power consumption."

In addition to extended scalability, optimized power consumption and
improved graphics performance, target applications will benefit from the new
processors' high-level of integration, including the memory controller (some
with ECC support) and processor graphics. Kontron's platforms based on 2nd
generation Intel(R) Core(TM) processors will also incorporate Intel(R)
Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel(R) AVX) to accelerate scalar-based
operations required for imaging applications in industrial automation,
medical and military. Intel(R) AVX also accelerates intensive floating-point
applications, such as high-performance embedded computing (HPEC).
Additionally, Intel(R) Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 automatically shifts or
reallocates processor cores and processor graphics resources to speed up
performance, tailoring a workload to give users an immediate performance
boost whenever possible based on thermal headroom. Since OEMs can use these
enhancements on a wide Kontron portfolio of standardized and proven
platforms, design risks are minimized and quality rises. Furthermore, R&D
cost savings and reduced time-to-market are accomplished through Kontron's
unified cross platform middleware, Kontron EAPI, which is included in all new
Kontron boards and systems with the 2nd generation of Intel(R) Core i3/i5/i7

Visit the product page for the Kontron COM Express(TM) basic
ETXexpress(R)-SC Computer-on-Module:

Kontron's white paper on the 2nd generation of Intel(R)' Core(TM)
processor family:

*22% reduced footprint compared to the previous generation of Intel(R)
Core(TM) i3/i5/i7 BGA processors.

About Kontron

Kontron, the global leader of embedded computing technology, designs and
manufactures embedded and communications standards-based, rugged COTS and
custom 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. Kontron's diverse
product portfolio includes: boards & mezzanines, Computer-on-Modules, HMIs &
displays, systems & platforms, and rugged & custom capabilities. Kontron is a
Premier member of the Intel(R) Embedded Alliance and has been a VDC Platinum
Vendor for Embedded Computer Boards 5 years running. 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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purposes. Subject to change without notice. Information in this press release
has been carefully checked and is believed to be accurate; however, no
responsibility is assumed for inaccuracies.

EMEA, Norbert Hauser of Kontron, +49(8341)803-0, norbert.hauser at kontron.com; or EMEA and APAC, Michael Hennen of SAMS Network, +49(2405)45267-20, michael.hennen at samsnetwork.com, for Kontron; or Americas and APAC, Richard Pugnier of Kontron, +1-858-623-3006, richard.pugnier at us.kontron.com; or Americas, Annette Keller of Keller Communications, +1-949-640-4811, annettekeller at sbcglobal.net, for Kontron

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