Two Basic Motherboards with 45nm Intel Quad-Core Processor

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Two new variants on a family of basic motherboards are based on the 45nm Intel Core 2 Quad processor: The KTG41/ATX basic motherboard and the KTG41/ATXU Micro-ATX basic motherboard from Kontron use the Intel G41 Express chipset and LGA 775 socket for Intel processors up to the 45nm Intel Core2 Quad processor Q9650. These boards offer advanced design qualities for rugged environments plus 3 years long-term availability (standard boards are only available for a few months) and vendor support for OEMs.

This is in contrast to embedded motherboards that offer up to 7 years availability and support. Basic motherboards focus on applications with fast innovation cycles and high demands on computing and graphics performance. Equipped with only the latest and most in-demand interfaces, these Kontron basic motherboards are aimed at being extremely cost-effective, making them attractive for high-volume applications with fast innovation cycles in the fields of gaming, digital signage, POS, check-in terminals, ticketing machines, hotel multimedia terminals or even industrial shop floor applications for quality control.

The Kontron KTG41/ATX ATX and Kontron KTG41/ATXU Micro-ATX basic motherboards feature the Intel Graphics and Memory Controller Hub as well as the Intel I/O Controller Hub (Intel ICH7R) and support Intel processors up to the 45nm Intel Core2 Quad processor Q9650 with 3.0 GHz, 12 Mbyte L2 cache and a FSB of up to 1,333 MHz. For data processing intensive applications the Kontron KTG41 boards support up to 8 Gbytes of dual channel DDR3 SDRAM with one DIMM module per channel. Both Kontron KTG41 boards feature DirectX 10 graphics with shader model 4.0 for DVI, SDVO and DisplayPort via the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500 (Intel GMA 4500). If even more graphics performance is needed, the 16 lane PCI Express port offers support for an external high-end graphics card. In terms of communication and extension interfaces, both Kontron KTG41 basic motherboards offer 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, one PCI Express x4 slot, 8 x USB 2.0 ports and 2 x serial ports. Compared with the Micro-ATX version (9.6 x 9.6 inches) that offers 2 PCI connectors, the slightly larger ATX motherboard (12 inch x 9.6 inch) offers 5 PCI connectors with bus master capabilities. Data storage media are connected via 4 x SATA 3 Gbyte interfaces with RAID 0/1/10 functionality for enhanced transfer rates and/or data security. The Kontron KTG41 basic motherboards support Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux.

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