Kontron Implements the Highly Integrated Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor E6xx Series on Computer-on-Modules and Panel PCs

By Kontron, PRNE
Monday, September 13, 2010

Development with new Intel(R) processor and platform controller hub extends options for board and system-level solutions

ECHING, Germany, September 14, 2010 - Kontron announced today that the newly introduced industrial-grade
Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor E6xx series will be supported on
Computer-on-Modules and Panel PCs. The first products to integrate the new
Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor, specified for the industrial temperature range
(E2) from -40 to +85 degrees C, include the Kontron Computer-on-Module
nanoETXexpress-TT, an ultra sized COM compatible to the new release of the
COM Express(TM) COM.0 Rev 2.0 pin-out Type 10, and the Kontron rugged display
HMITR, a fanless and maintenance-free intelligent display. In addition to
optimized power consumption and improved graphics performance, target
applications benefit from the new processor's high level of integration
including memory, PCI Express and video / audio accelerators.

These features make the new Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor well suited for
applications within the digital signage, energy, industrial automation,
medical, military and transportation markets. The processor is also ideal for
HMI applications with dedicated interfaces, such as smart meters or
In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems. Customers will benefit from lower
energy consumption, reduced material costs for the entire system, and overall
improved performance - both in terms of actual performance and in terms of
performance per watt.

"With its PCI Express-based interface, the new Intel(R) Atom(TM)
processor E6xx series platform offers our customers very high flexibility for
the individual I/O layouts of their x86 applications. This allows the
application field of x86 technology to extend even further in the direction
of very energy-efficient, small dedicated x86 systems", says Dirk Finstel,
CTO of Kontron. "Customers can create such applications very efficiently with
our nanoETXexpress-TT Computer-on-Modules for embedded PC applications and
alternatively through very individual PCB- equipped PCI Express devices or
programmed FPGA that we also offer."

"The integration, flexibility and efficiency inherent in the Intel(R)
Atom(TM) processor E6xx series enables designs that are very small, dedicated
and energy efficient," says Jonathan Luse, director of marketing for the
Intel Low Power Embedded Products Division. "Kontron's credit-card sized
nanoETXexpress COMs are an example of the kind of small, power saving devices
and rough environments where developers already request the scalability of
COM Express(TM) compliant designs. The new Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor in
combination with Kontron's individual I/O configurations enable rapid
delivery of very individual solutions."

The Kontron Computer-on-Module nanoETXexpress-TT and the Kontron rugged
display HMITR both integrate the new Intel(R) Platform Controller Hub EG20T.
The new Platform Controller Hub now connects through one of four PCI Express
x 1 Lanes resulting in energy efficient x86 systems with customizable
interfaces. Previously, the connection was via the FSB and DMI. It also
integrates a range of common I/O blocks such as SATA, USB, SD/SDIO/MMC, as
well as Gigabit Ethernet MAC, and includes general embedded interfaces like

Customizing can be accomplished via FPGAs or dedicated PCI Express

Custom designs with individual I/O controller hub

As part of Kontron's Original Design and Manufacturing (ODM) services,
Kontron offers OEMs the option to implement individual board designs with
this new, highly integrated SOC processor. Kontron offers in-house programmed
FPGAs, manufacturer-specific ASICs (PLC logic) or dedicated standard PCIe
devices. Therefore, systems are possible that integrate, besides versatile
standard interfaces, additional communication ports, wireless connectivity,
GPS services and video or audio streaming. Only the processor and the
respective components are required for these devices reducing both energy
consumption and the use of materials for the components. As an alternative to
the Intel(R) Platform Controller Hub EG20, third party I/O Hubs can also be

Link to the Kontron nanoETXexpress-TT PR:


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Richard Pugnier of Kontron. +1-858-623-3006, richard.pugnier at us.kontron.com

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