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Mar 10, 2005 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Kontron is readying a highly integrated device in the very compact 67 x 49-mm X-board COM (computer-on-module) form-factor. Dubbed the X-board GP8, the SBC is built around an Intel Xscale 80219 microprocessor and Silicon Motion SM501 chipset, and it runs either Windows CE or Linux.

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Kontron's X-board GP8
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Intel calls the 80219 a general-purpose PCI processor. It is based on a 400MHz or 600MHz XScale core, and integrates a 133MHz PCI-X interface as well as a 64-bit PCI 2.2 interface. It also offers a 200MHz bus supporting up to 1GB of DDR SDRAM. Additional on-chip peripheral interfaces include 32-bit Local Bus, eight GPIOs, four SDRAM output clocks, and two programmable timers.

The X-board GP8 contains up to 128 Mbytes of DRAM, up to 256 Mbytes of flash memory, 10/100Base-T Ethernet, an AC97 audio codec, and a USB 1.1 interface. It supports LCD or CRT displays up to 1280 x 1024.


Samples will be available Q2 2005. Pricing on production boards will start at $245 each in small quantities.

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