ETX 3.0 Computer-on-Module with VIA CN896 chipset - Embedded.com

ETX 3.0 Computer-on-Module with VIA CN896 chipset

Munich, Germany – The new Kontron ETX 3.0 Computer-on-Module ETX-CN8 features a low-power consumption design without compromising on excellent 3D graphics performance in addition to planned long-term availability. This makes the COM well suited for large volume applications that require an optimal price/performance ratio for energy efficient 3D dual graphics with support for DirectX9 and Windows Vista. It supports up to 2 Gbytes of fast DDR2 RAM, two quick RAID-capable SATA II interfaces (300 Mbytes/s), USB 2.0 and all the other standard ETX 3.0 interfaces. With a power consumption of 10.5W at full load (with the VIA Eden processor), the ETX-CN will match the needs of applications such as those in the areas of infotainment, gaming, medical technology and HMI/ thin clients for automation.

Low-power COM includes safety software

The new Kontron COM is currently the only ETX 3.0 Computer-on-Module on the market based on the new VIA CN896 northbridge with integrated VIA Chrome9 HC graphics processor. The new processor module offers flowing DirectX9 3D graphics with multi-texturing and trilinear filtering for best 3D graphics quality on Windows Vista. With up to 128 Mbytes of integrated graphics memory the module supports dual screen operation with resolutions up to WUXGA (1920 x 1440) via VGA and UXGA (1600 x 1200) via DVI/LVDS with 18/24 bit including TV-out up to HDTV and hardware accelerated MPEG-2 video decoding. There is also audio support for multimedia applications in accordance with the AC97 standard.

For optimal energy use, the Computer-on-Module supports the S0/S3(cold&hot)/S4/S5 suspend modes. Thanks to the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI), up to 15 SerialATA devices can be connected to the module via a single SATA connector. The COM also reduces peak load in multiple disk systems since the disks spin up sequentially (staggered spin-up).

With the VIA PadLock Security Engine in combination with leading security software, it offers high security. Special features include a random number generator and a high quality cryptography engine that supports AES encoding, SHA-1/SHA-256 hashing and accelerated RSA algorithms.

All of this is integrated on a footprint of just 95 mm x 114 mm. The wide range of software add-ons that come with all Kontron Computer-on-Modules simplifies the development of customer-specific carrier boards. The new Computer-on-Module supports Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 9x, CE and Embedded as well as Linux.

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