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Computer-on-Modules (COM) are highly integrated computer modules that support system expansion and application-specific customization without the use of cables. When using a Computer-on-Module, customers don't need to worry about the complex design of the COM, instead freeing them to concentrate on their core business. To tailor this modular solution to the application's specific needs, Kontron designs the carrier board including all necessary interfaces for the individual application. And the standardized COM is simply plugged into the carrier board like another component. Based on industry standards (such as COM Express and ETX) for mechanical and electrical interface characteristics, embedded modules are the ideal solutions for a host of embedded applications including those serving the medical, industrial automation, government, communication, point-of-sale/information and entertainment markets.
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Kontron has a long and successful history of innovation within Computer-on-Modules. Under Kontron's leadership, the COM Express® specification was developed and is now maintained by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturer Group (PICMG®). Kontron offers a wide range of COM Express® 100 percent compliant modules including those in its COM Express® “Basic” (formerly called ETXexpress®), COM Express® “Compact” (formerly called microETXexpress®) and COM Express® “Mini” (formerly called nanoETXexpress) product families. Kontron COM Express® modules offer complete, multimedia-capable computing cores for high-level applications and the high performance needed for your next generation product.
The COM Express® standard describes Computer-on-Modules is the technological successor to ETX®. It defines mechanical dimensions such as maximum height, a standardized heat spreader for interchangeable cooling solutions, placement of mounting holes, a detailed description of connector placements and their electrical properties such as impedance or electromagnetic shielding.
ETX® Computer-on-Modules are the perfect solution for embedded applications that require full PC functionality and high performance CPUs. They support x86 CPUs from 500 MHz up to Intel® Core®2 Duo and offer a full complement of PC/AT I/O such as keyboard, serial, parallel and Parallel ATA interfaces. The full-featured ETX® series also includes onboard USB, Ethernet, graphics and sound. ETX® modules are installed on the application-specific carrier board, much like an integrated circuit component, in a host site comprised of four low profile surface mount connectors. Kontron provides those modules according to the latest ETX® 3.0 specifications.
Kontron’s ultra-low power module standard bridges the gap between current proprietary industrial offerings and offerings from the consumer market – a far less suitable solution for demanding environments. The SMARC™ standard was developed to encompass a new range of modules for ARM and SoC processors. Based on the 314-pin MXM 3.0 connector that is only 4.3 mm in height, it enables durable, slim, cost-efficient solution designs. The connector is also available in a shock and vibration proof construction suitable for harsh environments. The standard enables new interfaces specifically for the new ARM and SoC platforms including video outputs such as LVDS. SMARC™ modules serve as building block solutions for very small portable handheld devices as well as for larger devices where consumption must not exceed a few watts. Additionally the SMARC™ modules provide computing power that rivals x86 technology and is expected to improve with future technical progress. Covered under the standard are two module foot-prints to offer flexibility for different mechanical requirements: a short module measuring 82 x 50 mm and a full size module measuring 82 x 80 mm.
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BENEFIT: What was traditionally a complicated configuration and installation is now as simple as installing wireless access points
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The size of a first generation Walkman, the i-boro PC, which can be worn on a belt, is integrated into a novel communications system for service and maintenance work on devices, machines, and facilities. The system is based on ETX Computer-On-Modules (COM) from Kontron and was developed by ies Industrie-Elektronik Schmitz in cooperation with SN Technics. It delivers Intel® Pentium® M performance for bi-directional audio and video communication between central service technicians and on-site maintenance personnel.
New Generation of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
This incredible system establishes a completely new level of cardiovascular performance that gives clinicians the freedom to get diagnostic results outside of the echo lab. The heart of this medical device is a ETX-PM Computer-on-Module from Kontron. Robust diagnostic exams can now be performed at the patient’s bedside, satellite clinics, mobile imaging sites and the Operating Room. It can go wherever it is needed to give clinicians access to complete real-time diagnostic information. The system makes it incredibly easy and cost-effective for the clinician to bring leadership technology to a wide range of applications, such as Cardiac, Vascular, Pediatrics and Transesophageal.
Greater Efficiency and Security
In emergency medicine and the rescue services, every second counts, and getting the right information at the right time is vital. For the first time, UMTS technology offers digital data exchange options with performance high enough that the technology can be used by the emergency medical services. Penta’s Hercules Mobile Medical system platform implements a patient monitoring application from the medical technology provider SCHILLER using UMTS and based on ETX Computer-On-Modules from Kontron Embedded Modules.
The Clinical Workstation is one of the most advanced medical PC systems on the market. Approved and certified to operate as a data-collector in the operating theatre this machine is connected to several technical devices and records all steps and events taking place during the surgery. The powerful Pentium-M ETX-PM Module from Kontron allows handling several real time data connections simultaneously together with a high solution graphical user interface. Anyway the complete system operates fan less in a fully closed chassis. The system is extremely flat (85mm) and waterproof according to IP65.
ETX® fits where others form factors do not
In 2002, the medical technology manufacturer Schiller adopted the latest proprietary 5¼ inch quasi-form factor for the launch of its CardioLaptop AT-110. The new design is based on ETX® modules with a baseboard whose footprint was designed to fit the CardioLaptop’s casing and interfaces.
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