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Kontron defines new Computer-on-Module standard creating low-power, scalable, out-of-the-box solutions

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Kontron Australia  announces the introduction of a newly defined Computer-on-Module (COM) standard for their upcoming ultra low power embedded architecture platform family.  

The new COM standard marks a significant milestone in Kontron’s recently announced strategic entry into the ARM market.  

The new COM standard features a slim form factor designed for the company’s future ultra low-power, off-the-shelf platforms including embedded handheld devices and rugged tablets as well as box PCs and HMI systems.  

By extending the COM usage model to RISC architectures with scalable, modular and out-of-the-box solutions, Kontron’s new module standard bridges the gap between current proprietary industrial offerings and offerings from the consumer market.  

Having seen the value in Kontron’s innovative implementation of ARM and SOC processors on a module, ADLINK has committed to support the new standard, enabling OEMs and system integrators to have a second source for Kontron’s newly defined COM.  

Key features of the new COM standard:  

  • Encompasses a new range of modules for ARM and SOC processors
  • Based on the 314-pin MXM 3.0 connector only 4.3mm in height, it enables slim designs with a cost-efficient horizontal card edge/ goldfinger connection
  • Connector also available in a shock and vibration-proof construction suitable for harsh environments
  • Enables new interfaces specifically for the new ARM and SOC platforms including video outputs such as LVDS
  • Dedicated camera interfaces minimise design efforts and BOM
  • Two module footprints offer flexibility for different mechanical requirements: a short module (82mm x 50mm) and a full size module (82mm x 80mm)
Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron explains that their strategic entry and massive investment is spearheaded by a new Computer-on-Modules form factor standard for new product launches, which emphasises their commitment to the standardisation of scalable technologies.

Having gained success with embedded form factor standardisation and particularly with ETX and COM Express standards, Kontron is mirroring this success story in the ARM and SOC market segment, which complements the x86 technology.  

He adds that customers benefit from the new massively reduced R&D investment costs by utilising application ready platform solutions, which were previously not available in their sectors.

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