Mini-ITX embedded motherboard now available with extended graphics capabilities and best-in-class performance
Eching, Germany, June 4, 2012 – Today, Kontron has announced its new high-quality Mini-ITX motherboard for embedded applications, the Kontron KTQM77/mITX, featuring the Intel® QM77 Express Chipset and 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors. It surpasses previous designs based on the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors with up to 20% enhanced computing power and 50% higher graphics performance. It is therefore not only the highest performing Mini-ITX motherboard in the Kontron series, but, additionally, Kontron has integrated a range of interfaces which differentiates it from typical commercial motherboards. It also includes the latest serial I/O performance such as PCIe 3.0 and USB 3.0. With long-term availability and support for up to three independent displays, it provides everything to build a broad array of future-oriented, rich media embedded applications on a single compact Mini-ITX form factor, making it an ideal fit for markets such as digital signage, gaming, kiosk/POS, industrial automation and medical imaging.
The new Kontron KTQM77/mITX provides OEMs and developers with a scalable performance range from the price-optimized, dual-core Intel® Celeron® processor up to the quad-core 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors with up to 3.5 GHz (in Turbo Mode) for highest performance. For graphics-intensive applications such as gaming and digital signage, the integrated Intel® HD 4000 graphics features twice the HD media and 3D graphics performance compared to its predecessor. Owing to the DirectX® 11, OpenGL® 3.1 and OpenCL™ 1.1 support, developers can now also use the latest APIs to enable an immersive user experience with stunning visuals while at the same time accelerating their software application design. Even multi-screen applications with simultaneous presentations on three independent displays are possible without the need for a dedicated graphics controller. Especially connected devices benefit from the integrated Intel® AMT 8.0 technology, which simplifies system maintenance, for higher availability and lower overall costs. Finally, the embedded feature connector which is implemented, supporting up to 160 GPIO, analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and digital-to-analog converter (DAC), minimizes the need for individual I/O boards and thus reduces the bill of material and development time.
The features in detail:
The Kontron embedded Mini-ITX motherboard KTQM77/mITX is based on the Intel® QM77 Express chipset and offers a maximum of 16 GB DDR3 RAM. It can be equipped either with dual-core or quad-core 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors with up to 2.7 GHz (3.5 GHz in Turbo) or with the price-optimized dual-core Intel® Celeron® processor B810 (1.6 GHz). Connections for video include 2x DisplayPort, 1x DVI-I and LVDS. For expansion cards it features 1x Gen 3.0 PCI Express x16 and 1x Gen 2.0 PCI Express x1 slot, 4x USB 3.0, 10x USB 2.0, and 3x GbE-LAN allowing for extensive peripheral and networking options. A wide range of storage media can be connected via the 6x SATA interfaces (4x SATA150/300 and 2x SATA600) with RAID 0/1/5/10 functionality and the mSATA (mini-SATA) socket for state-of-the-art, on-board SSD. HD audio and the Trusted Platform Module 1.2 for safety-related applications top off the feature-set of the new motherboards.
Common to all Kontron embedded motherboards is their long-term availability of seven years as well as outstanding long-term stability and reliability due to the careful selection of high-quality components. Operating system support is provided for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Embedded Standard 7, VxWorks, as well as Linux (Red Hat Enterprise, Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise, Red Flag Linux and Wind River Linux, among others).
Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology. With more than 40% of its employees in research and development, Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world’s embedded computing platforms. Kontron’s product longevity, local engineering and support, and value-added services, helps create a sustainable and viable embedded solution for OEMs and system integrators. Kontron works closely with its customers on their embedded application-ready platforms and custom solutions, enabling them to focus on their core competencies. The result is an accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership and an improved overall application with leading-edge, highly-reliable embedded technology.
Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/
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