Mini-ITX based on Atom
01 July 2008
The KTUS15/miTX embedded motherboard from Kontron, is based on Intel processor.
Combined thermal design is <5W for the processor and chipset making the board suitable for use in solar/battery powered mobile, in-vehicle or stationary applications that require low power consumption, EMC and a rugged cooling system.
Claimed to be the smallest ATX-compliant footprint, it measures 170mm x 170mm and has a board height of just 20mm, or two USB stacks. The Atom is claimed to save space and, with the integrated controller hub, leaves enough room for installing up to 32Gbyte CF-media parallel to the motherboard. This reduces maintenance as there are no fault-sensitive, rotating non-volatile media.
There is also a set of interfaces, including two SDIO sockets for peripherals such as RFID or laser scanners, card readers, keyboard, keypad and mouse, printers and WLAN or GPRS communications networks connecting directly. Two PCIe and single PCI slots are included for application-specific extensions.
Processing performance is 1.1GHz or 1.6GHz, depending on the Atom processor used. Signal integrity is ensured with the 12-layer stacking PCB used by the company, which it claims reduces radiation, improves signal quality and helps in decoupling the power bus to improve EMC.
Hyper-treading technology and Intel Virtualization Technology are incorporated for multi-threading and dual OS applications. The Intel System Controller Hub US15W enables the board to address up to 1Gbyte of DDR2-RAM. The integrated graphics engine with 2D/3D acceleration and directX9, supports dual independent displays. There is also support for WMV9, H264.A and MPEG2 decoding, which reduces the load on the CPU when playing HD videos. Displays can be connected via the on-board CRT and dual channel LVDS interfaces as well as optional DVI or HDMI ports. Mass storage media are connected via two serial ATA 150/300 and a ATA100 interface.
The integrated Intel Trusted Platform Module (Intel TPM 1.2) and the supply range of 5V to 25V DV options mean the board can be use in industrial automation, point-of-sale, kiosk, medical, in particular ultrasound and rugged tablets.
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