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article image Measures 114.3mm x 165.1mm.

KONTRON has introduced the embedded platform for industrial computing (EPIC) form factor The mini-motherboard form factor measures 114.3mm x 165.1mm. It sits between the smaller PC/104 and the larger EBX and Mini-ITX. This makes it suitable for use in Europe and Asia.

The EPIC-SBC supports the PC/104 as well as the PC/104plus expansion assemblies because of Kontron’s PCI-to-ISA bridge. On its own boards Kontron standardises the physical interfaces for the connection of internal and external peripherals. This facilitates performance scalability as the mechanics of the housing need not be changed.

Alongside full PC/104(plus) support with ISA and PCI buses and a standard physical form for all relevant internal and external connections, the EPIC/CE from Kontron is equipped with a 1GHz, 733MHz or 400MHz ULV Intel Celeron processor that is suitable for price-sensitive applications. The 400MHz version does not require active cooling. The board is configured with RAM of up to 512 MByte SDRAM-SODIMM.

The EPIC/CE has four USB 2.0 interfaces and supports full 320 Mbit/s. Communication with peripheral devices is up to 40 times faster than with USB 1.1. Connectivity is provided for two 10/100 BaseT Ethernet interfaces, keyboard, mouse, CRT, sound, LPT and a serial interface. All of these functions correspond to those of a desktop PC and are inexpensively equipped in one package. A Compact Flash socket is also provided. Other interfaces that can be integrated in a customised solution are two additional USB 2.0 interfaces, three additional COM ports, 25 GPIO interfaces as well as the traditional interfaces for EIDE hard drives, removable storage media and a power supply.

CRT and LCD support with two 24-bit LVDS is provided by Intel graphics integrated in the chipset with up to 32 MByte of graphics memory. DVO support and interfaces are also offered, and the panel interface is further standardised with JILI. JILI is a universally-functional adapter that is available off-the-shelf for all current panels. This allows OEMs to choose a display that best fits the application without concern for the compatibility of the panel interface. Watchdog, real-time clock, LanBoot and DarkBoot round out the feature set.

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