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Kontron boards support Intel's 22nm Atom processor

11 Oct 2013  | Nick Flaherty

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Kontron recently announced its support of Intel's Silvermont microarchitecture on six embedded computer boards with the first 22nm Atom processor, the E3800. The company will initially offer the new microarchitecture on SMARC, COM Express mini and compact Computer-on-Modules as well as Pico-ITX and Mini-ITX motherboards and 3U CompactPCI SBCs.

Kontron is also offering extensive design-in service offerings for these new x86 System-on-Chips (SoCs) which will include new industry-specific system designs as well as comprehensive support for customer-specific designs on board and system level.

The company claims that its latest x86 SoCs boast greater graphics performance provided by the integrated Intel Gen 7 graphics as well as quad core Atom devices. The SoCs are also designed for deployment in the extended temperature range. Consequently, the range of applications scenarios for this new x86 performance class will become much more diversified ranging from graphic- and compute-intensive yet slim stationary-HMIs to ultra-mobile and robust handheld PCs.

"Our System-on-Chip designs with the new Intel Atom processors not only deliver high performance," said Richard Pugnier, Marketing Vice President at Kontron. "As they feature single- to quad-core power, they are highly scalable too. The high integration level of our boards and modules means that SFF designs can be realised, which to date were not viable with x86 technology. So the new platforms are a vital addition to our already existing SoC product portfolio. Kontron customers will profit from the extensive software and customisation services, which are especially important for compact designs and which OEMs can use to help realise their designs faster and more efficiently."

"Apart from the high integration level and the extended temperature range support, the Intel Atom processors based on the 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture integrate new features like Out-of-Order execution for increased transaction support or the Intel AES-NI for accelerated data decryption, which are ideal for designing intelligent systems," said Sam Cravatta, product line manager, Intel Intelligent Systems Group. "The System-on-Chip architecture enables a stunning level of graphics and x86 CPU performance in a very small footprint. This will in particular benefit the smallest standard form factors such as COM Express mini and Pico-ITX and their application areas."

The embedded platforms with the latest Intel Atom processors will be available featuring low-power single-core (3.5W TDP) for energy-sensitive applications right up to real quad-core performance for high-end applications. The SoC designs also boast the new Intel Gen 7 Intel HD graphic. It offers up to three times the graphic performance including support for DirectX11, Open GL 3.1 and OpenCL 1.1 for two independent screens. The new Video HD technology paves the way for stunning video play back and stereoscopic 3D for an immersive user experience. In addition to the superior technical features, the new Kontron platforms come with an impressive range of customer-specific services which can be used to create tailor-made, application-ready designs.

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