Kontron has launched a series of COM Express Computer-on-Modules (COMs) for small form factor applications based on the AMD Embedded R-Series accelerated processing unit (APU).
The COMe-cTH6 features dual and quad core processor options
that give designers up to 2.0GHz of high performance graphics and
parallel processing capabilities with low 26 watt thermal design power
(TDP), which makes the board an attractive lower cost building block
alternative. The new module delivers exceptional graphics performance
due to the AMD R-series integrated Radeon HD 7000 Series+ graphics
engine that supports DirectX 11 and OpenCL.
The Kontron COMe-cTH6 also provides support for remote manageability,
virtualized environments and platform security further enhancing application
reliability while lowering the total cost of ownership. The combination
of features offered with the COM Express compact Pin-out type 6 modules
offer a solid, scalable and flexible platform solution that will help
speed development of applications in the medical, infotainment, gaming
and digital signage markets.
The COMe-cTH6 is aimed at graphic-rich small devices that have strict
power and thermal limitations. The new modules offer comprehensive video
support for a significantly enhanced viewer experience with up to four
independent displays, H.264, VC1, MPEG-2, DivX, WMV, BluRay 3D and HDMI.
With 7 PCI Express x1 lanes plus 1 PEG x8 interface, the new Kontron
COM Express compact modules COMe-cTH6 provide a scalable platform for
COM Express compact type 6 pin-out -based applications that must satisfy
ever higher demands for performance and graphics support at lower
power. They also deliver support for new HD video and interactive 3D
effect capabilities, as well as provide the necessary high-performance
parallel processing demanded by compute-intensive applications.
"The AMD embedded processor architecture is an important element in
Kontronís ongoing development strategy that supplies a broad selection
of powerful solutions to multiple industries helping designers meet the
dynamic requirements in demanding applications such as infotainment and
medical imaging," said Chris Burke, CTO at Kontron. "Kontronís extensive
engineering expertise allows us to leverage the advantages provided by
the more powerful AMD Embedded R-Series APUs for our next-generation
module platform designs so our customers have the superior building
block solutions they need to differentiate their products and remain
The COMe-cTH6 module series is available in three processor options that
include the AMD R-460L featuring 4x 2.0 GHz performance at 26W TDP; the
AMD R-452L with 4x 1.6 GHz at 19W TDP or the AMD R-260H that offers 2x
2.1 GHz at a low 17W TDP. The modules designed with the AMD A70M Fusion
Controller Hub can host up to 8GB DDR3 RAM and support 7 PCI Express x1
lanes and 1 PEG x8 interface. Additional features include four SATA 3
ports, as well as Gigabit Ethernet and four USB 2.0 ports. The Kontron
COMe-cTH6 features comprehensive display support with 3x DisplayPort++
that includes HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort.
The COMe-cTH6 supports the full Windows OS portfolio along with Linux, VxWorks and others.
This article originally appeared in EE Times Europe.
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