Kontron launches ARM-based ultra-low power module

Kontron has launched its first ultra-low power, low profile ARM-based Computer-on-Module specifically designed to extend the Computer-on-Modules-based usage model to new modules with ARM and SoC processors. The Kontron Computer-on-Module, designated the Kontron ULP-COM-sAT30, offers a low profile solution that measures 82mm x 50mm and integrates NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core ARM 1.2 GHz technology.

The ULP-COM-sAT30 looks to deliver 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. The combination of the low power NVIDIA Tegra 3 ARM processor and ULP-COM”s optimised ARM/SoC pin-out definition will enable designers to build fanless, passively cooled systems that dramatically reduce power consumption and the costs of deployed systems.

The ULP-COM-sAT30 is based on the new module standard ULP-COM (Ultra Low Power Computer-on-Module). The ULP-COM specification has been submitted to the new Standardisation Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET), and is expected to be officially released and available through SGET shortly. Kontron led the development of the new ULP-COM standard, which has received global support from the embedded community.

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 a cost-effective design that will have an extremely thin construction height. The new ULP-COM-sAT30 also offers 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 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. Because many ARM-based solutions support a variety of interfaces, the ULP-COM Evaluation Carrier board also supports this diverse range of interfaces as well as solid state mass storage options.


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