Leading embedded computing technology company Kontron Australia has introduced the embedded Box-PC MICROSPACE MPC-p2, an extremely compact system for graphic intensive applications.
The fanless Kontron MICROSPACE MPC-p2 is based on the Accelerated Processing Units of the AMD Embedded G-Series, which along with a 64-bit CPU also integrate a programmable graphics unit. Featuring a tiny footprint of just 130mm x 99mm, the Kontron embedded Box-PC MICROSPACE MPC-p2 system offers powerful graphics performance that was only possible on larger systems with dedicated graphic cards.
In addition to supporting the latest 3D graphics libraries such as OpenGL 3.2 and DirectX 11, the Kontron MICROSPACE MPC-p2 offers hardware acceleration for Flash-based applications. Also, the integrated Unified Video Decoder assists the processor when high resolution graphics (1080i/p) have to be displayed.
The Kontron MICROSPACE MPC-p2 enables OEMs to create graphic-oriented applications with a totally new user experience in areas such as digital signage, media playback, gaming and POS/POI applications. Thanks to the extension options for GSM/UMTS and Wi-Fi, the new Box-PC is also suited for wireless networking in decentralised installations.
The system also supports DirectCompute and OpenCL 1.1, giving OEMs the flexibility to design GPGPU applications in the low-power segment for applications that use the computing power of the graphics unit for data processing. This extended scope of computing brings a high performance per watt ratio to applications found in industrial and medical image processing.
Key features of the Kontron MICROSPACE MPC-p2 system:
- Single-core AMD T44R processor with 1.2 GHz also integrates an AMD Radeon HD6250 graphic unit and DDR3 memory controller
- Up to 4 GByte DDR3 RAM provides enough resources to accelerate memory-intensive applications
- 500 Gigabyte HDD or a 40 GByte SSD data storage for applications that require high shock and vibration resistance
- Can be booted via an integrated MicroSD card slot or LAN to enable slim installations
- Analogue or digital monitors up to 1900 x 1200 pixels resolution can be connected via the DVI-I interface on the front
- Six USB 2.0 and up to four serial interfaces (RS232/TTL) via D-SUB connectors allow for direct connection of application-specific peripherals
- Integrated D-SUB interfaces can be wired as GPIOs and ADDA based I/Os to implement further application-specific I/Os
- Can be adapted by OEMs to suit specific requirements
- Two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces allow for direct integration into network structures without additional extension cards
- Available as an off-the-shelf application-ready platform or as a customer-specific configuration including
- OS license OS support is offered for Windows, Linux and VxWorks