Ultra low power quad core Tegra 3 COM module targets imaging

September 28, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
Kontron has launched its first ultra low power, low profile ARM-based Computer-on-Module specifically designed to extend the Computer-on-Modules-based model to new modules with ARM and SoC processors.

The ULP-COM-sAT30 offers a low profile solution that measures 82mm x 50mm and integrates a 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core ARM processor. It delivers an advanced, rugged and scalable building block for industrial tablet and imaging-centric applications where power consumption must be extremely low such as for those in the POS/POI, infotainment, digital signage, security/surveillance, medical and military markets. The combination of the low power NVIDIA Tegra 3 ARM processor and ULP-COM's optimized ARM/SoC pin-out definition enables designers to build fanless, passively cooled systems that dramatically reduce power consumption and costs of deployed systems.
The ULP-COM-sAT30 is based on the new module standard ULP-COM (Ultra Low Power Computer-on-Module). The ULP-COM specification has been submitted to the new Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET), and is expected to be officially released and available through SGET shortly. Kontron led the development of the new ULP-COM standard, which has received global support from the embedded community.
The ULP-COM-sAT30 uses a 314-pin connector (MXM 3.0) which enables an extremely low profile solution with board-to-board separation as low as 1.5 mm and an overall height as low as 5.7 mm. This connection method contributes to robust and cost-effective designs that have an extremely thin construction height. It also offers superior, high-end graphics support with dedicated interfaces for dual displays with HD video decode including MPEG2, HD video encode, ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce GPU with dual display controllers, and 2D and 3D acceleration. In addition, flexible display support is provided for parallel LCD 18 / 24 bit, LVDS single channel 18 bit / 24 bit (18 bit compatible), as well as dual channel support for 24 bit LVDS (carrier board xmitter) and HDMI. Plus, Kontron's new ARM-based module delivers camera support via its 2x (dual lane) CSI-2 camera ports.
The Kontron ULP-COM-sAT30 brings a robust solution that solves many design issues. It reduces power costs and provides flexible display options and high-end graphics demanded by