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Form factor board
Jun 19, 2007 12:00 AM

Small form factor board maker Kontron (Booth 3937) is introducing the Kontron ETXexpress-MC, a small form factor board, which will feature up to 800 MHz FSB for outstanding performance. The clock speed can be dynamically reduced as required by the operating workload. Thus, this module offers an improved fit for many embedded applications, including those that are temperature and power sensitive. Additionally, the Kontron ETXexpress-MC design allows the processor to go into a deeper sleep state for even enhanced power efficiency. The chipset logic recognizes whether data is stored on the processorís on-chip cache memory or in RAM. Consequently, the chipset does not have to wake up the processor to check the on-chip cache memory and unnecessarily draw on battery power. The inclusion of onboard TPM 1.2 ensures that the Kontron ETXexpress-MC will support applications that call for enhanced security options. Along with these eco-friendly features, the Kontron ETXexpress-MC will offer support for GEN4 graphics to meet the requirements of embedded applications that require advanced video capabilities. It contains Intelís Direct-X9 compliant Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 for piping video data through the pixel shaders. The integrated Display Power Saving Technology 3.0 saves up to an additional 400 MW of power by switching between progressive and interlaced display modes. Planned for initial launch later this summer, the Kontron ETXexpress-MC will be one of the first COM Express pin-out type 2 compliant modules supporting fast dual-channel memory up to 4 GB via two 533 MHz or 667 MHZ DDR2 SO-DIMM sockets positioned on the top side of the module. This latest COM Express solution has 5x PCI Express x1 lanes, 3x SerialATA ports and 8x USB 2.0 ports, along with Gigabit Ethernet to complete the list of features.


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