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Kontron module provides NVIDIA Tegra 3 ARM processor in scalable ULP-COM form factor

October 04, 2012

Toni_McConnel-October 04, 2012

The ULP-COM-sAT30 is Kontron's new ultra low power, low profile ARM-based Computer-on-Module designed to extend the scalable Computer-on-Modules-based usage model to new modules with ARM and SoC processors. The new module offers a low profile solution that measures 82mm x 50mm and integrates NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core ARM 1.2 GHz technology. The Kontron ULP-COM-sAT30 delivers an advanced, rugged and scalable building block for industrial tablet and imaging-centric applications where power consumption must be extremely low, such as for those in the POS/POI, infotainment, digital signage, security/surveillance, medical and military markets. Kontron claims that the combination of the low power NVIDIA Tegra 3 ARM processor and ULP-COM’s optimized ARM/SoC pin-out definition enables designers to build fanless, passively cooled systems that dramatically reduce power consumption and costs of deployed systems.

The Kontron ULP-COM-sAT30 uses a 314-pin connector (MXM 3.0) which enables an extremely low profile solution with board-to-board separation as low as 1.5 mm and an overall height as low as 5.7 mm. This connection method contributes to robust and cost-effective designs that have an extremely thin construction height. Kontron’s new ULP-COM-sAT30 also offers superior, high-end graphics support with dedicated interfaces for dual displays with HD video decode including MPEG2, HD video encode, ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce GPU with dual display controllers, and 2D and 3D acceleration. In addition, flexible display support is provided for parallel LCD 18 / 24 bit, LVDS single channel 18 bit / 24 bit (18 bit compatible), as well as dual channel support for 24 bit LVDS (carrier board xmitter) and HDMI. Plus, Kontron’s new ARM-based module delivers camera support via its 2x (dual lane) CSI-2 camera ports.


To further assist customers in application development and evaluation, Kontron is also announcing the availability of its ULP-COM Evaluation Carrier board. This multi-purpose carrier board is engineered specifically to enable designers to easily evaluate the comprehensive feature set of the ULP-COM Computer-on-Module. Additionally, it allows end-users to test and evaluate both hardware and software functionality in their particular application.

In addition, Kontron is offering a pre-validated evaluation platform with its ULP-COM Computer-on-Modules. The reference platform includes all the evaluation resources OEMs require to start development immediately including the Kontron Computer-on-Module ULP-COM-sAT30, the ULP-COM Evaluation Carrier board, pre-loaded Linux O/S and a 10.6inch 1280x768 display that are mounted together on a platform for lab bench use.

Samples of the Kontron Computer-on-Module ULP-COM-sAT30 are available now, and series production will start in Q4 2012.

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