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November 16, 2012

Kontron Announces Two New COM Express Compliant Power Architecture Processor Modules

In an effort to accelerate the development of embedded telecommunication and number crunching systems, embedded computing technology solutions provider Kontron has debuted two new Computer-on-Module (COM) Express compliant Power Architecture processor modules, namely the Kontron (News - Alert) COMe-cP2020and the Kontron COM Express basic sized COMe-cP5020.

Powered by Freescale’s processors, the newly unveiled COMs are an extension of the company’s COM portfolio. The COMe-cP2020 features Freescale’s (News - Alert) QorIQ 32bit P2020 while the COMe-cP5020 features the 64bit P5020 processors.

According to Kontron, the new COMs will be found in a broad spectrum of applications ranging from in-vehicle control or event-recording units, measurement systems, PLCs or closed-loop controls for synchronous motors or turbines up to company or carrier-grade network and telecommunication appliances. ??

Designed to run in especially durable applications even in harsh environments, the new Kontron COMe-cP2020 is ideal for low-power, deeply embedded number crunching systems that do not require graphic functionality, but instead, require high single threaded performance-per-watt of the Power Architecture.

Featuring COM Express compact (95 mm x 95 mm) form factor along with the Freescale QorIQ P2020 dual-core power architecture with 1.2 GHz, the Kontron COMe-cP2020 has fanless operation and support for the extended temperature range up to -40 to +70 °C.

Targeting high-bandwidth telecommunication and data processing applications, the Kontron COM Express basic sized COMe-cP5020 module features 64-bit technology and integrates up to 8 GByte of soldered DDR3 RAM (News - Alert) at 1333 MHz and ECC.

As an ideal application for long life cycle network applications in the medical, military and transportation markets, the COMe-cP5020 features COM Express basic (95 mm x 125 mm) form factor.

With the help of the new COMs, OEMs experience the convenience and the design safety of a standard board solution with the flexibility of a full custom design, which can be realized via an application-specific carrier board that is much faster to design than a complete baseboard, said representatives from Kontron.

In addition, OEMs also benefit from the COM Express compatible form factor, cooling concept and power supply. As, these features facilitate the efficient use of many ecosystems for COMs, thereby significantly minimizing development time and effort.

According to sources, Kontron’s COMs with Power Architecture come with Board Support Packages for the many operating systems, such as Kontron Linux, WindRiver Linux and the realtime OS VxWorks.

Additionally, Kontron also offers a corresponding evaluation carrier board, adapter cards for the different SerDes interfaces and a complete starter kit for QorIQ COMs.

In recent news, Kontron premiered its second new module in the ULP-COM (Ultra Low Power) standard, thereby extending the scalable COM concept to countless ultra low power and SFF smart devices.

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Edited by Rich Steeves

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