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CompactPCI SBC handles wide temperature range

Dec 13, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 9 views

Kontron has introduced a temperature-resistant version of its Linux-compatible 3U CompactPCI single-board computer (SBC). The CP307-E2 features a dual-core Intel 1.2GHz Core Duo processor, and boasts an extended temperature range of between -40 deg. C to +85 deg. C (-40 deg. F to 185 deg. F).

(Click for larger view of the Kontron CP307-E2)

The SBC's soldered processor and memory are intended to withstand challenging environmental conditions, says the company. The board is intended for use in industrial robots, vision systems, and mobile data capture systems, as well as other extreme-temperature aerospace, railway, and maritime applications.

The CP307-E2 is equipped with an Intel 1.2GHz Core Duo, an Intel Mobile 945GM Express northbridge, and an ICH7-R southbridge, says Kontron. Its CompactPCI Express bus is said to offer high I/O bandwidths and performance-per-watt values even in extreme temperatures.

CP307 block diagram
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The following are some key specifications for the Kontron CP307-E2 CompactPCI CPU board:

  • Processor — Intel 1.2 GHz Core Duo; Intel Mobile 945GM Express northbridge; ICH7-R southbridge
  • Memory — 2-4GB DDR2-SDRAM 667MHz (2GB soldered plus optional 2GB via DDR2-SODIMM socket)
  • Compact Flash — Up to 8GB
  • Graphics — Mobile Intel 945GM Express-based accelerator for 2D and 3D VGA graphics and DVI video, with dual operation support
  • Bus — CompactPCI PCI Express 533MHz front-side bus; support for up to
  • Networking — 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB — 6 x USB 2.0
  • Other I/O — 2 x SATA interfaces
  • Dual slot option — 8HP version offers additional legacy support, COM, DVI, and a 2.5-inch SATA carrier
  • Temperature range — -40 to +85 deg. C (-40 F to 185 deg. F)


The Kontron CP307-E2 3U CompactPCI board is available now for an undisclosed price. Kontron says it offers board support packages (BSPs) for Linux (including RedHat and SUSE), plus Windows XP, XP Embedded, and VxWorks. More information is available here.

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