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Kontron enables Linux on Intel’s Kaby Lake through new COMs

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Kontron COMs

Kontron, the pioneer in embedded computers, boards and modules, has launched three new computer-on-module (COM) models. The new are COM Express Basic and Compact Type 6 modules that bring Linux closer to Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor family.

Augsburg-headquartered Kontron has stepped up the Kaby Lake generation by launching its modules that support Intel Core and Xeon processors. These modules have up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and can bear an extended temperature from -40 to 85-degree Celsius. Also, there is an Intel Optane non-volatile memory technology to uplift experience on a Linux kernel.

The built-in Intel Optane technology is supported on most associated carrier boards. It helps module work 1,000 times faster than NAND flash memory.

Kontron COMe-cKL6, COMe-bKL6 and COMe-bKL6R E2S

As the first one in the series, the Kontron COMe-cKL6 is a compact form ECOM available in 95 x 95mm. The COMe-bKL6, on the other hand, works as a basic compact module with 125 x 95mm dimensions. The latter comes with options of quad-core i7 and i5 EQ chips as well as dual-core i3-E and quad-core Xeon-E3. The module also supports Intel CM238 and QM175 I/O, depending upon the processor model.

Kontron has provided Intel’s dual-core architecture on the COMe-cKL6 along with integrated I/O control functions. It has two SATA 3.0 interfaces.

The COM bKL6R E2S also sits in the list of three new Kontron modules. It has support for 32GB DDR4-2400.

All three COMs offer Intel I219LM GbE controller support as well as come with four USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, HD audio and dual serial interfaces. They modules have SPI, SMB, Fast I2C, LPC, staged watchdog, TPM 2.0, RTC, ACPI 4.0 and optional VPro.

If for some odd reason, you do not want to run Linux on the new Kontron COMs, you can use them with Windows 10 and VcWorks.