Kontron PCIe/104(TM) MICROSPACE(R) MSMST: First SBC With Configurable Intel(R) Atom(TM) E600C Processor Series

By Kontron, PRNE
Monday, November 22, 2010

Offers extremely high I/O flexibility to serve application-specific requirements with an off-the-shelf solution

ECHING, Germany, November 23, 2010 - Today at SPS/IPC/Drives, Kontron introduced the world's first
PCIe/104(TM) embedded single board computer (SBC) based on the Intel(R)
Atom(TM) E600C processor series with industrial temperature range, which
pairs an Intel(R) Atom(TM) E600 series processor with an Altera Field
Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) in a single package. With the new Intel(R)
Atom(TM) E600C processor series, along with IP definable applications, the
adds significant flexibility to SBC based applications. OEMs will benefit
from a simplified application design, reduced development efforts, faster
time to market and lower total cost of ownership.

With flexible FPGA I/O options, the Kontron MICROSPACE(R) MSMST allows
OEMs to efficiently develop designs with the exact I/O requirements needed to
address applications in markets such as automation
(www.kontron.com/industries/industrial+automation), medical
(www.kontron.com/industries/medical), transportation
(www.kontron.com/industries/transportation), energy
(www.kontron.com/industries/energy), military
(www.kontron.com/industries/military) and communications
(www.kontron.com/industries/communications). Validated IP cores are
available for CAN-bus, serial interfaces (SPI Master / UART) and PCI-Express,
I2C and GPIO. This makes configuring the platform a quick and easy task. OEMs
only need the required IP core and corresponding High-Speed Mezzanine Cards
(HSMC) to carry out the interfaces. For further I/Os, Kontron also offers
FPGA programming services. This flexibility, combined with the x86/FPGA
technology ecosystem of IP cores and HSMCs, makes the Kontron PCIe/104(TM)
MICROSPACE(R) MSMST an ideal SBC for dedicated RISC platforms.

"The launch of the Intel(R) Atom(TM) E600C processor series with
integrated Altera FPGA marks a new era in embedded computing," Dirk Finstel,
CTO of Kontron AG explains. "Customers get the flexibility of an FPGA with
attractive x86 performance on an integrated multi-chip module. The standard
chipset is no longer needed. This paves the way for even more cost-efficient
dedicated applications, which obtain their new range of functions simply via
FPGA programming. Customers profit from faster upgrades, more flexibility
and, on top of that, long-term guaranteed IP availability over lifecycles of
dedicated components. For customers who require a high-level of
individualization, there is the option of realizing these differentiations on
multi-functional COTS platforms only via software and by this ensuring the
use of this IP in the long term."

"Intel's configurable Atom(TM) processor series provides additional
flexibility for customers who want the choice to customize embedded solutions
with proprietary I/O or acceleration," said Doug Davis, vice president and
general manager, Embedded and Communications Group, Intel. "With the latest
Intel(R) Atom(TM) processors powering the Kontron single board computer,
developers may differentiate their designs by reacting quickly to changing
market segment requirements and meet the varied needs of embedded devices."

The relationship between Kontron, Intel(R) and Altera provides customers
with complete embedded processor and FPGA solutions with flexible I/O. These
fully validated and verified solutions consist of various form factors which
include the processors, FPGAs, IP Cores, drivers, board support packages
(BSPs) and support for various operating systems (e.g. Windows, VxWorks,
Linux, etc.). Kontron's Global Software Design Center also offers FPGA
programming as an optional software service for customers. In addition,
Kontron also offers complete design and production services with the revision
controls, supply chain management, regulatory test services and
industry-specific requirements, such as ITAR or ISO 13485 medical device

The feature set in detail

The Kontron PCIe/104(TM) MICROSPACE(R) MSMST is equipped with the
Intel(R) Atom(TM) E600C processor series ranging up to 1.3 GHz with up to 2
GB onboard DRAM system memory. Since all components are validated for the
extended temperature range from -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C, the Kontron
MICROSPACE(R) MSMST is industrial temperature capable by design. The power
optimized Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator (Intel(R) GMA 600) with up to
128 MByte, 18/24 Bit LVDS and SDVO interface is integrated in the processor.
Video signals are carried out by optional media boards for VGA or DVI.
Optional SPDIF (out) and two analog stereo connections for line-out and
mic-in take care of the high-definition audio signals. Storage media can be
connected by 2x SATA300. 2 x USB 2.0 and an optional 1x Gigabit LAN are also
available. The integration of numerous customer-specific I/O options is
enabled via the PCI Express bus of the PCIe/104(TM) SBC or via the HSMC
interface. The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is responsible for the
high-level of security and reliability by carrying out the hardware
encryption of all the transmitted data.

Kontron offers software support for Windows, Linux, VxWorks and others
upon request. Pre-series prototypes are available now; production will start
in Q2 2011.

Further information on the Kontron PCIe/104(TM) MICROSPACE(R) MSMST SBC
is available at:

For further information on Kontron's PC/104 products, please visit:

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

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