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COM Express FPGA Starter Kit for Quick Evaluation with Flexible I/O

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A new COM Express starter kit featuring the Altera Cyclone IV GX FPGA provides all the required components to evaluate board designs with open-definable I/Os. With this COM Express FPGA Starterkit from Kontron, OEM developers can get an immediate start in the development of FPGA-based, dedicated applications, thus reducing the overall R&D costs and time-to-market for purpose-built platforms that rely on I/O unique to the application. The components of the starter kit are assembled in minutes allowing the user to move directly to programming on the platform that consists of the selected Computer-on-Module and the individual High Speed Mezzanine Cards (HSMC) to carry out the physical interfaces. OEMs can use the Starterkit to develop dedicated full-custom SBC designs or individual custom carrier boards for scalable x86-based COMs, both with I/Os integrated in Altera’s transceiver-based FPGA, Cyclone IV GX. As a design partner, Kontron offers development and manufacturing services that include, but are not limited to, revision management and industry-specific certifications including ITAR and ISO 13485—a certification necessary for the design and manufacturing of medical devices. FPGA-based I/Os on x86 processor platforms are applicable to many target markets since FPGAs can universally map to nearly all I/Os. 

The main component in the kit is the COM Express FPGA Baseboard for pin-out Types 1, 2 and 10 COMs. The Altera Cyclone IV GX FPGA is designed into the carrier board and the specific I/Os are configured via enclosed IP bit streams. The configuration of the FPGA is possible through the enclosed USB-Blaster download cable, and the physical interfaces are brought about by two High Speed Mezzanine Cards (HSMCs); one Communication Board and one Mass storage and Video Board. An ATX PSU and mounting kit complete the elements of the Kontron Starterkit.

Kontron, Poway, CA. (888) 294-4558. [www.kontron.com].