Kontron has announced the BGA-version of its embedded Mini-ITX motherboard KT690/mITX (BGA) with an increased level of robustness and improved cost-performance ratio. Customers benefit from outstanding reliability in demanding environmental conditions, optimised total cost of ownership and software to speed platform time-to-market.

The Kontron KT690/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°C to +60°C and include new solid capacitators that have been integrated to increase long-term stability. This makes the Kontron embedded Mini-ITX motherboard KT690/mITX (BGA) ideal for applications requiring outstanding reliability and cost-efficiency. Furthermore, total cost of ownership is reduced due to the longlife of the motherboard platform, tool and software readiness as well as Kontron’s care in revision control to ensure ease of platform maintenance and support.

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 Kontron’s comprehensive lifecycle management and process certifications, such as ISO 13485.

The featureset in brief

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. In addition,two DDR2 sockets support up to 16GB of RAM. The integrated ATI Radeon X1250 graphics processor allows the motherboard to control two displays independently. For VGA, the maximum resolution is 2048px x 1536px and 1920px x 1200px for LVDS and DVI-D. Kontron offers low profile PCI-Express add-on cards to easily 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 Gb 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 long-term available Kontron embedded Mini-ITX motherboard KT690/mITX (BGA) supports the complete Microsoft Windows family, including the new Windows Embedded Standard 7. In addition, 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. The Kontron embedded Mini-ITX motherboard KT690/mITX (BGA) is now available.