ETX module with embedded APU extends lifecycle of PCI/ISA-based applications through 2018

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The new ETX 3.0-compliant ETX-OH T16R incorporates the new AMD Embedded G-Series APU T16R, which features an extremely low average power consumption of only 2.3 Watts. While operating at the same power consumption level as the AMD Geode-LX-based solutions, it delivers up to three times the level of performance. The T16R, with its native PCI and ISA support, provides the ideal upgrade path for Geode-based ETX designs and for low-power systems with discontinued ETX modules.
The new module also extends the availability of the ETX standard for at least five more years. OEMs in markets such as Automation, Infotainment, Kiosk and Medical can significantly increase the processing and graphic performance of their systems and effectively extend the life of their PCI/ISA-based applications through 2018.
The upgrade with the ETX-OH is a particularly economical solution in terms of time and cost savings. Existing system designs and cooling solutions can continue to perform without modifications. The new Computer-on-Module also utilizes DDR3 memory, minimizing memory costs, while enabling higher memory speeds and greater capacity. Also, customers who want to update their applications with latest display technology, the ETX module offers native support for DP++ (DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI) onboard. Thus OEMs can easily increase the visual experience of their applications without changes to the carrierboard.
For this, the module offers significantly improved graphics performance and features via the integrated AMD Radeon HD 6250 – it supports the latest 3D graphic libraries such as DirectX 11 and OpenGL 3.2 and delivers a brilliant and fluid reproduction of high-resolution BluRay and video streams of up to 1080p. In addition to the on-board native DP++ connection Kontron is offering an adapter for LVDS via DisplayPort. In combination with the native dual channel LVDS via the ETX connectors the module can control two digital displays in the highest image quality. This enables the upgrade of existing ETX applications with the latest dual display technology with HD support.
The module supports up to 4 GB energy and cost-effective DDR3 RAM, which itself offers low latencies to memory intensive applications. Those that have to integrate high-speed data storage media, such as Blu-ray players or extremely robust SSDs can take advantage of the two SATA connections with 6 Gbit/sec through high transfer rates and rapid loading processes. An optional on-board SSD Flash enables space-saving integration of robust storage media. Further interfaces include 1x Fast Ethernet, USB 2.0, an optional micro-USB port on-board and HD Audio. High data security is enabled by the optional on-board Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2). Implementing ACPI 3.0 and the suspend modes S0/S3/S4/S5/S5 Eco, the new ETX 3.0 module offers high energy efficiency and minimizes electrical power consumption at no-load operation.
The ETX-OH T16R is available now and supports Windows 7 (32- and 64 bit), Windows XP, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Linux and VxWorks.


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