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Rugged Mini-ITX SBC runs Linux on 4th Gen Core

Dec 2, 2013  |  Eric Brown
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Kontron has begun sampling a Linux-ready Mini-ITX motherboard with a soldered 4th Generation Intel Core processor (“Haswell”) and seven-year availability. The Kontron KTQM87/mITX offers up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and features triple simultaneous displays, four SATA ports, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, 12 USB ports, and extras such as a SIM socket for cellular data.

Announced in brief back in June, the KTQM87/mITX is designed for performance-intensive applications in harsh environments, including industrial real-time control, says Kontron. Other likely targets for this 6.7 x 6.7-inch Mini-ITX board are said to include image processing, professional gaming, digital signage, and POS equipment.



Kontron KTQM87/mITX
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Kontron calls the KTQM87/mITX “vibration- and shock-proof,” but aside from the fact that one’s choice of Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors are soldered the board, no specific compliances were listed for such rugged protection. The board offers extended temperature support of 0 to 60°C, and is available with up to seven years of availability.

The KTQM87/mITX appears to support all the dual- and quad-core 4th Gen Intel Core (“Haswell”) varieties, up to a 3.4GHz Core i7 model, and also accommodates Pentium and Celeron processors, presumably from the latest generation released along with the Core chips.

The 22nm, Tri-Gate 3D fabricated Haswell processors are primarily notable for their much faster graphics processing and much lower power consumption compared to earlier Ivy Bridge Core CPUs. Kontron notes the board’s support of the processors’ DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.x, OpenCL 1.2 compatibility, as well as Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) 2.0, said to offer “DSP class I/O processing performance.” Other available Intel technologies include AMT 9.0 and AES security.



Kontron KTQM87/mITX block diagram
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The KTQM87/mITX is available with up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM via two sockets. Real-world ports on the rear I/O panel include four SATA ports, with two of them supporting SATA 3.0, and eight USB ports, with half of them USB 2.0. Four more USB interfaces, two more SATA connections, and an mSATA socket are available internally.

Other rear I/O ports include dual gigabit Ethernet ports, three DisplayPorts, and three HD audio jacks. Onboard you can also find a SIM card slot, dual serial ports, and a proprietary Kontron extension connector with up to 160 GPIO pins. PCI Express x16 expansion is available along with dual Mini-PCIe slots.

Specifications listed for the Kontron KTQM87/mITX include:

  • Processor:
    • Intel Core i3/i5/i7 4th Gen processors up to 3.4GHz, plus new Pentium and Celeron processors
    • Intel GT2 or GT3 graphics, depending on processor model
    • Intel Embedded QM57 chipset
    • FSB with 4x full duplex 20Gbps lanes, DMI 2.0 support
  • Memory — up to 16GB DDR3L/DDR3 RAM via 2x slots (PC3-10600/PC3-12800)
  • Storage:
    • 2x SATA 3.0 (up to 6Gbps)
    • 2x SATA 2.0 (up to 3Gbps)
    • 2x SATA onboard
    • mSATA socket
    • RAID 0/1/5/10
  • Display — 3x DisplayPort 1.2
  • Wireless — SIM card slot
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet (1x supporting Intel AMT 9.0)
  • Other I/O:
    • 12x USB ports — 4x USB 3.0; 8x USB 2.0
    • 3x audio I/O (HD Audio VT1708S, supporting 7.1 channel surround)
    • 2x RS232 onboard (1x with CCTalk)
    • Up to 160x GPIO on Kontron embedded feature connector with ADC, DAC
  • Expansion — PCIe x16 slot (Gen3/Gen2); 2x Mini-PCIe/mSATA at up to 6Gbps
  • Other features — up to 7-year availability; TPM 1.2; Intel AES security
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C (32 to 140°F)
  • Operating system — Linux (including RHEL, SuSE Linux Enterprise, Red Flag Linux, and Wind River Linux), VxWorks, Windows 7/8, WES7

 

Further information

Samples of the KTQM87/mITX are available now, says Kontron. More information may be found at the company’s KTQM87/mITX product page.
 

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