Kontron introduced the SMARC Starterkit. The ready-to-use kit enables developers to get started with embedded ARM processors. The Kontron SMARC Starterkit includes a sturdy transport case, has all the cables already connected and is equipped with all the necessary components, including a display and power supply. All documentation is provided on a USB drive. The Kontron kit is available now.
The cabled SMARC Starterkit includes a 7-inch WVGA touch screen display (800×480), a 5 volt wide-range power unit, and the SMARC evaluation carrierboard, which offers all the relevant interfaces defined by the SMARC Computer-on-Module standard. The range of interfaces features an LVDS and an HDMI interface, as well as, CSI and parallel camera ports.
Networking features include, Gigabit Ethernet, CAN Bus, serial interfaces, and a SIM card socket. Extension options are also available for Mini-PCIe, PCIe, mSATA and eMMC (microSD Card). A USB hub and an acceleration sensor are also integrated on the board. The SMARC Evaluation Carrier supports flexible power options including Li-Ion battery power with recharging circuitry as well as traditional bench top power supply.
Kontron currently offers a selection of SMARC specification conform module families based on ARM Cortex A9 and A8 processors from Freescale, Texas Instruments and Nvidia. The Freescale i.MX6-based Kontron SMARC-sAMX6 and the Texas Instruments AM3874-based Kontron SMARC-sA3874i modules are designed for industrial temperature ranges of -40 °C to +85 °C. The Nvidia Tegra 3-based Computer-on-Module Kontron SMARC-sAT30 is ideal for graphic-hungry applications like POS/POI and medical applications.
As an option, the SMARC Starterkit can be delivered with pre-installed module, operating system, Board Support Package and cooling solution. This helps developers to immediately launch into evaluation of their desired ARM platform.
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