The KontronKT690/mITX (BGA) comes with soldered AMD singlecore Sempron
210U (TDP 15 W) or AMD Dualcore Turion Neo X2 L325 processors (TDP 18 W). For
individual projects in large quantities the motherboards are available with up
to eight different processors which can be selected to suit customer-specific
needs. All versions are designed for the temperature range of 0 to +60C and
include new solid capacitators that have been integrated to increase long-term
stability. The Kontron embedded Mini-ITX motherboard KT690/mITX (BGA) is suited to a wide range of cost sensitive
embedded applications, primarily in areas such as gaming, digital signage,
POS/POI, medical technology and industrial and Panel PCs. Applications which require decreased
time-to-market and special government certifications, such as those found in
gaming or medical, will benefit from Kontronâ€˜s comprehensive lifecycle management and process certifications,
such as ISO 13485.
The Kontron KT6090/mITX (BGA) is available with the AMD Sempron 210U or Turion Neo X2 L325 BGA processors paired with
the AMD M690E and SB600 chipset. Two DDR2 sockets support up to
16 Gbyte of RAM. The integrated ATI
Radeon X1250 graphics processor
allows the motherboard to control two displays independently. For VGA, the
maximum resolution is 2048 x 1536 pixels and 1920 x 1200 for LVDS and DVI-D.
Kontron offers low profile PCI-Express add-on cards to implement an additional
independent DVI (Kontron PCIe-DVI) or HDMI (Kontron PCIe-DVI-HDMI) interfaces.
For security-critical applications, like slot machines or medical PCs, a
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is available. Application-specific extensions can
be implemented via the 1x PCIe x8, 1x mini PCI Express and 1x PCI slot.
Additionally, there are 2 x Gigabit Ethernet connections executed via a
dedicated Intel Ethernet controller, 10 x USB 2.0 (6x external, 4x internal),
2x PS2 for mouse and keyboard, 1x parallel port, 2 x RS232 and 8 channel GPIO.
The embedded motherboard also has 4x SATA 150/300 with RAID 0/1/10 and 1x
ATA133. 7.1 HD Audio rounds off the feature set.
The Kontron embedded
Mini-ITX motherboard KT690/mITX (BGA) supports the complete Microsoft Windows
family, including the new Windows Embedded Standard 7. Kontron offers support
for Linux and VxWorks 6.8 (U210 only) and Coreboot.
Whichever operating system the OEM selects, an extensive range of software tools is available for the
hardware management to speed development and time to market.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.