Kontron announced the new COM Express Starterkit Reference T6 for the accelerated development of a broad range of Small Form Factor (SFF) multimedia applications, providing a rich user experience ranging from battery-powered portable solutions up to stationary multi-display installations. Following the launch of the Kontron COM Express Starterkit Eval T6, the new Reference T6 Starterkit was compiled specifically for OEMs which need to design fully featured SFF applications using COM Express.
The starter kit provides a space efficient Mini-ITX sized carrier board that can host any COM Express pin-out Type 6 Computer-on-Modules in the basic (125 x 95 mm) and compact (95 x 95 mm) form factors for most flexible performance scalability. The starter kit is specifically configured to enable the quick evaluation and development of graphics-intensive solutions using the latest interfaces such as: DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI or LVDS in Mini-ITX sized designs. With SIM card support, it also enables always-connected and constantly updated ubiquitous distributed solutions. Target application areas are digital signage systems, POS/POI terminals, professional gaming machines, professional AV equipment, passenger infotainment systems, shop floor systems and man-machine interfaces in automation, as well as, medical computers and devices. Enabling OEMs to start right away with the development of state-of-the-art multi-display applications and utilize the entire COM Express and Mini-ITX ecosystem is a significant aid in reducing development efforts and time-to-market. To further accelerate the design of customer-specific carrierboards, on request Kontron can provide the corresponding carrierboard schematics, so OEMs have a blue print of a solution which has already been evaluated, so they do not have to design everything from scratch. The new Kontron COM Express Starterkit unleashes its full potential when combined with the latest technology modules such as the Kontron COMe-bIP6 with 3rd generation Intel Core processors or the Kontron COMe-cTH6 based on the AMD Embedded R-Series accelerated processing unit (APU).