Eching, Germany - The Computer-On-Module nanoETXexpress-TT is Kontronís first ultra-small form factor COM Express compatible module (55mm x 84 mm) with the new Intel Atom processor E6XX. The module is also equipped with the newly defined PICMG COM Express Type 10 pin-out that has been added to the COM.0 R2.0 specification. With industrial grade components, a temperature range (E2) of -40oC to +85oC, it is designed for use in harsh environments. The nanoETXexpress COM family broadens the scalability to 600MHz to 1 GHz, 1.3 GHz, and 1.6GHz throughout the industrial-grade temperature range.
The new Computer-on-Module is targeted for market segments where pocket-sized micro-PCs must perform under the extreme temperature and vibration conditions, such as digital signage, energy, industrial automation, military and transportation. Sample use cases include robust mini handheld terminals that are either battery or solar powered, wind power stations, robust embedded mini-PCs of smart-metering HMIs, and control or information appliances used onboard various commercial and industrial vehicles.
The nanoETXexpress form factor is attractive for developers of small devices who rely on the high level of standardization and the high scalability of the COM Express specification. Kontronīs new COM Express COM.0 R.2 Type 10 compatible module shows the exact path for these and future x86 designs based on SFF processors: smaller, more dedicated and energy efficient. Using Kontron nanoETXexpress Computer-on-Modules and custom carrierboards, individual designs can be realized very quickly without having to custom design the kernel itself.
The nanoETXexpress-TT module is an ultra small module that combines the new COM Express Type 10 pin-out and the features of the Intel Atom processor E6XX series. Developers can benefit from the availability of four PCI-Express lanes, of which three can be utilized for dedicated customer-specific interfaces. This enables the use of even more dedicated mini-devices in semi-custom solutions.
The Intel Atom processor E6xx series is designed for operation in extended temperature range, and Kontron has designed the module itself for use in compact, energy-saving, completely sealed and fanless devices for roughest environments. Additionally, the full x86 compatibility offers the advantage of open scalability as well as a rich software ecosystem, a feature that can significantly lower the total-cost-of-ownership for embedded applications.
The new nanoETXexpress-TT is 100 percent compatible with the newly defined COM Express Type 10 pin-out documented in the COM Express COM.0 R.2 specification. In addition to LVDS it offers the newly implemented Digital Display Interface (DDI) for SDVO, Display Port or HDMI that allows two displays to be controlled independently. This enables applications to fully utilize up to 50 percent improved 3D graphic performance compared to previous solutions based on Intel Atom Z5xx processors. Users can also take advantage of the newly implemented SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) enabling external boot processes that in the past could only be accomplished through the LPC Bus. More information regarding the new COM Express Type 10 interface compared to the Type 1 interface is available here.
The Kontron nanoETXexpress-TT also features Intelís Platform Controller Hub EG20T, allowing the new Computer-on-Module to be configured flexibly. In addition to three PCI-Express Lanes for custom extensions, the module supports two different options for data storage: either a robust micro-SD Card socket (up to 32GB) and 2x SATA II 300MB/s interfaces, or a planned version with industrial-grade SATA Flash Memory (up to 16GB) and 1x SATA II 300 MB/s connector. As a value-added custom service, Kontron will also offer conformal coating for improved electromagnetic interference immunity and protection against corrosion for the Flash version. CAN bus support is available as an optional feature, e.g., to support in-vehicle control applications.
Feature set summary
The new Kontron nanoETXexpress-TT Computer-on-Modules are equipped with 600 MHz, 1.0 GHz, 1.3 GHz, or 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor E6XX series as well as the Intel Platform Controller Hub EG20T, up to 2 GB soldered on-board DDR2 800 system memory and microSD card socket as boot media, a onboard Flash memory version is planned. Via the newly defined COM Express Type 10 pin-out and in addition to the two serial interfaces, the Kontron nanoETXexpress-TT offers a new Digital Display Interfaces (DDI), which is configurable as SDVO only that allows independent operation of two monitors in addition to 18/24 Bit LVDS Single-Channel Graphics. Interfaces that carry over from the Type 1 pin-out, such as Gigabit Ethernet, 6x USB 2.0 (1 client capable), optional 1x CAN plus three PCI-Express x1 lanes for custom extensions are all available as well. Also supported is an external PCIe-to-PCI Bridge. For simplest deployment of small SD/SDIO devices like microSD, MMC or IDE-ATA interfaces, Kontronís nanoETXexpress-TT offers adjustable settings via BIOS for the COM Express GPIO Pins.
The Kontron Computer-on-Module nanoETXexpress-TT supports a wide range of operating systems, including Wind River VxWorks 6.8, Linux, Windows XP, XPe and WES 7.
The first samples of the Kontron nanoETXexpress-TT will be available in November 2010.