Computer-On-Module - lite version with pared-down price -

Computer-On-Module – lite version with pared-down price


Kontron AG has brought the fruits of its cooperation with STMicroelectronics to market: The COM products ETX-e.lite and DIMM-PC/lite both operate with the 100MHz STPC Elite from STMicroelectronics. Kontron integrated the French-Italian company's processors into its development plans in March.

STPC Elite processors are ideal for simple, high-volume embedded applications. Thanks to the STPC Elite processor, DIMM-PC and ETX computer-on-module products can now make use of the advantages of module technology in cost-sensitive mass market applications in areas such as building security, low-end numerical control, SOHO applications, GPS/GPRS solutions, set-top boxes and low-power testing and measuring equipment. Instead of designing a complex system with STPC Elite processors from the ground up, developers can now concentrate on implementation of application-relevant functions on the baseboard.

Besides operating in embedded modules, 100MHz STPC Elite processors run on a PC/104 MOPS CPU board from Kontron. The DIMM-PC/lite is available in lite-I, lite-IE and lite-IU versions. Features on all versions include a processor with 486-class performance and an integrated floating point unit, 32 MByte of SDRAM (running at 100 MHz, like the processor) and 32 MByte of IDE-compatible Flash. The need for active cooling has been eliminated through the ultralow-power design.

All of the usual – 2 serial, 1 parallel, keyboard and floppy – PC interfaces are standard on these lite DIMM-PCs. While DIMM-PC/lite-I provides the basis for communications, DIMM-PC/lite-IU adds a USB 1.1 port. DIMM-PC/lite-IE does without this, instead having a 10-Mbit Ethernet network interface.

Kontron Embedded Modules , 94496 Deggendorf, Germany.

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