Kontron Announces the First COM Based on Intel's Latest Multi-Core Architecture

The Kontron ETXexpress-MC Packs a Powerful Punch in a Small Form Factor

CHICAGO, June 19, 2007 – Coinciding with Intel's release of the Core® Duo processor and GM965 chipset platform launch, Kontron announces the release of the Kontron ETXexpress-MC – a COM Express solution. With this addition to the Kontron ETXexpress family of Computer-On-Modules, the company now offers the widest selection of COM Express modules that are suitable for embedded applications ranging from point of sale/information kiosks and mobile data acquisition systems to medical 3-D image scanners, automation systems, and other multi-display applications..

Built around the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processors (4MB L2, 800FSB) and Intel® GM965 chipset, the Kontron ETXexpress-MC is the highest performing COM currently available. The increased frequencies and throughput on CPU, Front-Side-Bus and DRAM allow for a significant increase in system performance compared to exisiting solutions. The Kontron ETXexpress-MC offers the X3100 Graphic Media Accellerator to meet the requirements of embedded applications that require advanced video capabilities. The Kontron ETXexpress-MC supports dual-channel memory up to 4GB via two DDR2 SO-DIMM sockets positioned on the top side of the module. This module follows the COM Express Type 2 pinout and has 5x PCI Express x1 lanes, 3x Serial—ATA ports, and 8x USB 2.0 ports along with Gigabit Ethernet to round out the list of standard features. The inclusion of onboard TPM 1.2 ensures that the Kontron ETXexpress-MC is a perfect fit for power and thermal sensitive designs.

”Kontron began the movement to create COM Express and continues to be full committed to the platform,” states Matthias Huber, leader of Kontron's Embedded Modules Division in North America. “The Kontron ETXexpress-MC is the first COM Express module to deliver this kind of high-end of computing performance from the Intel® Core 2 Duo processor and the GM965 chipset. Not only does the Kontron ETXexpress-MC meet the requirements of intensive embedded applications, this new module further extends the scalability of COM Express solutions that customers can source with Kontron as a partner who also works with them to build the complete solution.”

Key features of the Kontron ETXexpress-MC module include:

• Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (up to 2.2GHz) Processors

• Integrated GMA X3100 Graphics w/ 24 Bit LVDS Support

• Up to 4GB Dual Channel System Memory (667MHz)

• 5x PCI Express Lanes, 8x USB 2.0 and 3x Serial-ATA

• Wide Input Supply Support - 8.4V-18V

• Onboard TPM 1.2

• Microsoft Vista Premium capable

Sample units of the Kontron ETXexpress-MC are anticipated to be available by the third quarter of this year with pricing targeted to start at $830 in small quantities.


About Kontron

Kontron designs and manufactures standard-based and custom embedded and mobile rugged 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: Computer-on-Modules, SBCs/blades, open-modular platforms and systems, HMIs, mobile rugged workstations, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel® Communications Alliance and was awarded 2006 Intel Member of the Year. The company is a recent three-time VDC Platinum vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com.