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Kontron spins Linux-friendly mini-ITX systems

Dec 7, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 16 views

Kontron is preparing a line of compact, customizable, multifunctional computers based on its mini-ITX motherboard family. The KIM (“Kontron intelligent mini-computer”) series will ship in February, 2007, in custom and standard configurations, powered by Intel processors ranging from the Celeron M to Core 2… Duo.

(Click for larger view of KIM's back-panel ports)

Kontron says KIM aims to deliver desktop-level performance in the smallest possible footprint, while also satisfying the need for long-term product availability. The system measures 8.4 x 7.7 x 6 inches (214 x 196 x 153mm), and is designed for wall- or table-top mounting in medical, gaming, process control, and other specialized and embedded applications, according to the company.

Standard KIM variants will be based on Kontron's 786 LCD, 886LCD-M, and 986 LCD-M mini-ITX boards, all of which support Linux and other standard PC OSes.

Additional touted features and specs include:

  • PCI slot for application-specific expansion
  • Choice of processors
    • Intel Pentium M Ultra Low Voltage BGA
    • Celeron M
    • Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Up to 2 Gigabyte commodity DDR2 RAM
  • Choice of 3D-accelerated graphics controllers
    • Intel 815E
    • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
      • Can support up to two independent flat panels via dual channel LVDS and dual DVI ports
  • Optional AGP or PEG ports allow interfaces with ADD2 cards
  • 6 x USB 2.0
  • 3 x 10/100/1000 Mbits/sec Ethernet ports
  • 4 x serial ports
  • PS/2 keyboard/mouse ports
  • LPT port
  • VGA
  • Internal 3.5 inch drive bay (SATA)
  • Also supports CompactFlash


Kontron expects to deliver standard KIM variants from stock, beginning in February. KIM systems can also be customized and delivered complete, tested, and independently certified, according to the company.

Kontron introduced KIM at the SPS/IPC/DRIVES show in Germany this week.

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