New IoT-ready Kontron COM Express® mini module family maximizes graphics and processing performance in a highly robust package
Augsburg, Germany, November 7, 2016 – Kontron, one of the world's leading providers of Embedded Computer Technology (ECT), has introduced a new series of credit card sized Computer-on-Modules based on the latest generation Intel® AtomTM, Pentium® and Celeron® processors. The new COMe-mAL10 performance range of COM Express mini modules is highly scalable and covers the entire range of Intel's latest IoT-ready embedded processors. This includes the Intel Atom processor E3900 series, as well as Intel Pentium processor N4200 and Intel Celeron processor N3350. The COMe-mAL10 is available in both dual-core and quad-core configurations.
The COMe-mAL10 combines state-of-the-art image processing and graphics capabilities with extensive real-time computing power in an energy-efficient and standardized Type 10 Computer-on-Module mini form factor. Users benefit from a significantly improved computing performance, an impressive performance-per-watt ratio and the long-term availability inherent in all Kontron embedded solutions.
Intel has also added improved security and reliability capabilities. The new security engine offers the enhanced ability to protect data and operations in the most challenging environments. Intel’s time coordinated computing with improved determinism and real-time support allows processors to be synchronized in an IoT network to within a millisecond. This does not only increase reliability but also enables innovative, more demanding applications.
Mobile handheld devices, control units and vehicle entertainment solutions represent typical fields of application for Kontron's newest COM Express mini modules. But also medical imaging, surveillance and security devices as well as industrial plant applications, IoT gateways and machine line control solutions benefit from the integration of the powerful, yet extremely small modules.
In addition, the industrial-grade-by-design versions – specified for industrial temperature operation from -40 to +85°C – with ECC memory support as well as long term availability of ten years, meet the special requirements of applications for the Military/Defence and Transportation market.
With the availability of the new COM Express mini COMe-mAL10, developers can make direct use of the extensive x86 ecosystem and the world’s leading COM Express form factor standard. They can even upgrade already existing designs with this new performance class COMe module without having to replace carrier boards or application software. Furthermore, customers will benefit from Kontron’s extensive software and customization services enabling their new SFF designs to be implemented faster and more efficiently.
An added advantage for developers is the integration of Kontron’s standard hardware-based embedded Security Solution Approtect. Kontron is the first embedded computing supplier to offer full security protection embedded in its COM and motherboard offerings.
The feature set in detail
The new Kontron COMe-mAL10 COM Express mini Computer-on-Module family (55 mm x 84 mm) with Type 10 pin-out is equipped with Intel Atom processor E3900 series as industrial grade versions or Intel Pentium processor N4200 and Intel Celeron processor N3350 for even more demanding applications.
A broad range of module variants (based on five different processor types) make up the COMe-mAL10 portfolio. Versions range from a cost optimized dual-core Intel Celeron (2.3 GHz with 6W TDP) iteration optimized for energy-sensitive applications to genuine quad-core Intel Atom (4x 1.6/2.0 GHz with 13W TDP) and Intel Pentium (4x 1.1/2.5 GHz with 10W TDP) versions for high-end applications.
The new Intel Gen 9 HD low-power graphics integrated on the SoC with up to 18 Execution Units provides 4K encode/decode algorithms supporting HEVC, H.264 and VP8/VP9. The COMe-mAL10 supports two independent displays - 1x DP++ (DP/HDMI/DVI) 4096x2160@60Hz , 1x Single Channel LVDS with DPtoLVDS (eDP on request) 3840x2160@30Hz. The modules come with storage options for two SATA II 300 Mbps interfaces or alternatively with additional eMMC memory (up to 128 GB). In addition to having two serial ports, they include super fast USB 3.0 interfaces, up to eight USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, as well as four PCI-Express Gen2 lanes for customer specific expansions. The COMe-mAL10 comes with support for, Windows 10, Windows 10 IoT, Linux and VxWorks 7.0.