A credit card sized module with next-generation Intel Atom dual-core processor has been developed by Kontron.
The company’s COMe-mCT10 is the latest addition to its family of formerly named nanoETXexpress modules and is based on next-generation Intel Atom processors N2600, N2800 and D2550.
The solution is optimised for low-power small form factor designs whilst the PICMG COM Express Type 10 pin-out Computer-on-Module provides up to twice the graphics power giving up to 28 percent higher processor performance and processor thermal design power (TDP) which is cut in half as compared to second generation Intel Atom processors.
The mini form factor of the COM Express is ideal for developers of small devices who want to take full utilise the high level of standardisation and scalability of the COM Express standard. Applications that the device fits well within include handheld mobile embedded systems, as well as small portable, in-vehicle or stationary devices such as POS/POI, infotainment, digital signage, gaming and medical.
In medical environments, the long lasting battery life and enhanced graphics enable healthcare professionals to benefit from enhanced e-healthcare and mobile clinical assistant applications. The low heat dissipation enables fanless and closed infotainment terminals to deliver entertainment, hospital information and communication services to a patient's bedside in a system design that is both quiet and hygienic with high MTBF values.
The continuously-on, always-connected nature of the latest Intel Atom generation enables the module to deliver the best performance for retail point-of-sale systems that boot up instantly to serve customers at a moment's notice. Full 1080p high-definition video support at low CPU utilisation combined with the platform's enhanced power management features make it ideal for deployment in sophisticated yet energy-efficient digital signage systems.
The Computer-on-Modules are equipped with 2 times 1.6GHz or 2times 1.86GHz Intel Atom processors (N2600, N2800 and D2550) as well as the Intel NM10 Express chipset and up to 2GB of fast on-board DDR3 800/1600 system memory. The integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600/3650 combined with the integrated memory controller provides enhanced performance and system responsiveness with twofold graphics performance compared to the previous generation platform.
A dedicated media engine enables full 1080p high definition playback of videos and BluRay. The COM Express Type 10 pin-out complete with two serial interfaces enables the module to support two independent digital displays with either 1 time LVDS 18/24-bit 1366x768@112MHz resolution (N2600/2800) or 18/24-bit 1440x900@112MHz with the D2550 and 1x DisplayPort.
The module also offers two different options for data storage: either 2 times SATA II 300MB/s interfaces or versions with soldered on SATA Flash Memory (up to 8GB SLC- or 32GB MLC-Flash) and 1 times SATA II 300 MB/s. Further interfaces include 8 times USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, plus 3x PCI-Express x1 lanes for custom extensions. For applications requiring further scalability of display interfaces and I/Os, the company plans to expand its COM Express compact form factor portfolio to include offerings with this next generation of Intel Atom processors later this year.