Industrial daughter board gets Nvidia Tegra 3
German embedded computer maker Kontron has put a high-end phone/tablet processor onto an industrial computer module.
Intended for low-power image-centric applications, it is home to a NVIDIA Tegra 3 system chip, which has a quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor.
Called ULP-COM-sAT30, the fan-less computer is aimed at point-of-sale, point-of-information, infotainment, digital signage, security, surveillance, medical and military.
“It is a building block for mobile and fixed low-power usage model applications that need to operate in harsh environments and require high-end graphics, flexible display and camera support,” said Kontron v-p of embedded display products Kevin Rhoads.
The all-important graphics support includes dedicated interfaces and controllers for dual displays, HD video decode including MPEG2, HD video encode, and both 2D and 3D acceleration.
Interfaces cover parallel LCD 18/24bit, LVDS single channel 18/24bit (18bit compatible), as well as dual channel 24bit LVDS support (carrier board transmitter) and HDMI. And there are two CSI-2 camera ports.
It comes in the firm’s 82x50mm ‘Computer-on-Module’ format with a 314pin connector (MXM 3.0). The board is thin enough to allow board-to-board separation down to 1.5mm and an overall height of 5.7mm, claims the firm: “The ULP-COM specification has been submitted to the Standardisation Group for Embedded Technologies [SGET], and is expected to be officially released and available through SGET shortly.”
There is an evaluation carrier board called ULP-COM which supports the interfaces and solid state mass storage.
Then there is a reference platform for lab use with a processor module, a ULP-COM, pre-loaded Linux, and a 10.6in 1280×768 display.
Series production is scheduled for Q4.