With today’s introduction of Kontron’s new ready-to-use SMARC Starterkit, the company enables developers to gain fast entry into the world of embedded ARM processors, which is now highly scalable thanks to SMARC Computer-on-Modules. The SMARC kit comes in a sturdy transport case, has all the cables already connected and is equipped with all the necessary components, including a display and power supply. All Kontron SMARC Computer-on-Modules can be selected individually and – as an option – the SMARC Starterkit can be delivered with pre-installed module, operating system, Board Support Package and cooling solution. This allows developers to immediately launch into evaluation of their desired ARM platform.
Kontron currently offers a selection of SMARC specification conform module families based on ARM Cortex A9 and A8 processors from Freescale, Texas Instruments and Nvidia. While the Freescale i.MX6-based Kontron SMARC-sAMX6 and the Texas Instruments AM3874-based Kontron SMARC-sA3874i modules are designed for industrial temperature ranges of -40 °C to +85 °C – a common requirement for transportation, mobile, military and other rugged environmental applications, the Nvidia Tegra 3-based Computer-on-Module Kontron SMARC-sAT30 is ideal for graphic-hungry applications as, for example, the POS/POI and medical markets require. All the SMARC designs fulfill this market demand for a compact Computer-on-Module with a standardized feature set and low-power consumption of only a few watts. Application areas range from mobile devices to on-board equipment and solar or conventional powered stationary devices.