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Pico-ITX Motherboard with Ti Sitara 3874 Accelerates Development of ARM-Based SFF Designs

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A Pico-ITX motherboard is equipped with the Ti Sitara 3874 processor and provides tablet PC class performance and a comprehensive range of standard and embedded computing interfaces. With its Pico-ITX compliance, the KTAM33874/pITX from Kontron offers OEMs the possibility to realize cost-efficient SFF embedded appliances based on a standardized form factor. OEMs can now exploit the whole ecosystem, which to date has been used for x86 technology. The Kontron Pico-ITX board based on the ARM Cortex A8 single-core processor boasts a low TDP (Thermal Design Power), which makes it extremely suitable for compact, fanless applications. It is also the first Kontron motherboard designed from scratch for the extended temperature range of -40° to 85°C.

The new Kontron embedded motherboard KTAM3874/pITX is available with the single-core Texas Instruments Sitara 3874 microprocessor (MPU) for the extended temperature range with 800 MHz Cortex-A8 technology. In terms of graphics, it offers 3D graphic acceleration and supports up to two independent displays both with resolutions of 1080p (full HD) connected via HDMI 1.3a and 24-bit dual channel LVDS. Sound is provided by analog audio in and output. An additional loudspeaker port (1 watt) can drive smaller loudspeakers directly—i.e., for making acoustic acknowledgement or for speech output, which can make a separate amplifier superfluous. For OS and application data there are up to 16 Gbyte NAND Flash memory on board plus a microSD slot. Hard disks or DVD players can be connected via 1x SATA and 1x mSATA. Beside two Fast Ethernet interfaces with an optional switch, it also offers 2x CAN bus as well as a SIM card slot for MiniPCIe modem cards. Peripherals can be connected by the 5x USB 2.0, 2x RS-232 or 1x RS-435. 26x GPIOs, I²C, UART and SP output round off the feature set. The motherboard KTAM3874/pITX comes with Linux, Android and Windows WEC7 support and a minimum of seven years long-term availability.

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