Kontron has launched a new reference carrierboard for COM Express basic and compact Computer-and-Modules with pin-out type 6. The COM Express Reference Carrier Type 6 carries out all the interfaces that state-of-the art COM Express Computer-on-Modules with pin-out type 6, such as the Kontron COMe-bSC6, the COMe-cOH6 and the Kontron COMe-bIP# with the 3rd generation of Intel Core processors, make available. The COM Express Reference Carrier Type 6 serves as an ideal reference design for developing innovative applications with enhanced user experience, increased graphics capabilities, faster drives and peripherals.
The COM Express Reference Carrier Type 6 in the compact Mini-ITX form factor can host all COM Express pin-out type 6 modules in the compact (95x95 mm) or basic (125x95 mm) form factor. Along with the common embedded LVDS interface for internal displays, the new reference carrierboard supports three DDI interfaces. With one interface each for DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI-I that also transmits analogue VGA signals. For the development of multimedia applications it also integrates a Realtek HD audio codec with digital and optical SPDIF in/out and 5.1 audio jacks. Internal hard drives and SSDs can be hooked up via three SATA connectors and for external drives, there is an eSATA port. Application-specific expansion can be achieved via one PCI Express x4 slot, one Express Card connector with USB and one Mini PCI Express slot with USB and SIM card support. This makes developing connected applications with GSM, UMTS or future LTE support a simple task. In addition to two USB 2.0 ports there are also two USB 3.0 ports that support super fast peripherals such as 3rd party HD cameras or storage media. LAN connection is supported through a RJ45 plug for 10/100/1000 Mbit networks. Further interfaces include two COM interfaces, GPIO and fan control. The power supply is available either via the standard ATX power connector or Smart Battery connectors for the development of battery-powered mobile applications.