: Mini-COM with Ultra-Low-Power XScale PXA255 Processor
Computer-On-Module with PDA Feature Set Plus PCI- and LPC-Bus DEGGENDORF, Germany, November 13, 2003 - Kontron’s X-board
module introduces for the first time ARM-compatible XScale technology to the X-board Mini-COM form factor. The integrated Intel® PXA255 processor originates from the new, ultra-low-power PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) world and it is now available for the first time in 200 MHz and 400 MHz versions for fanless embedded designs. The central computer intelligence in these systems is implemented as a purchased off-the-shelf component, which reduces development costs and shortens the time to market. With a power consumption of only 1.5 W, the X-board
is an industrial computer module that has extremely low power dissipation for the performance it provides. This enables much longer battery operating times in mobile applications. Compared to traditional x86 processors, XScale technology based systems provide impressive high performance with an ultra low-power design. The X-board
module’s interfaces are implemented via its SODIMM connector and include 3 x USB, 1 x LAN, 2 x serial UART, 1 x IDE as well as AC97-sound, and LCD support for a resolution of up to 800x600 pixels. One of the serial interfaces also is Bluetooth compatible. The board also implements the PCI- and LPC-bus. A particularly useful feature is that USB is available as a host as well as a device. A companion chip provides the PCI- and USB-host functionality. Memory options include 16 to 64 MByte of DRAM and 8 to 32 MByte of Flash. A watchdog timer, real-time clock, and JTAG also are onboard.
board support packages for Windows CE.NET are currently available and a Linux package will be released in the near future.
X-board™, the New Embedded Form Factor for Next Generation Mini Modules
X-board modules have almost credit card dimensions (67 X 49 mm) and are fully PCI- and LPC- compatible. They feature essential interfaces such as USB, LAN and serial as well as outputs for sound and LCDs. Since legacy interfaces such as PS/2, floppy, parallel, and the ISA-bus are being phased out; the new X-board concept does not include them. The omission of these interfaces allows for the first time the use of ARM- and MIPS- processor architectures, as well as traditional x86 types. This leads to an expansion of the potential fields of application of the new Computer-On-Module (COM) standard. The X-board concept closes the gap between the DIMM-PC and ETX. The new X-Board is ideal for OEMs that require a performance greater than that provided by the DIMM-PC, and fewer features than those offered by the ETX standard. Kontron disclosed further information on the X-board standard upon completion of its first X-board CPU module and these details can now be requested directly from Kontron.