Kontron previews new digital signage solution based on the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors


Upgraded open pluggable specification-compliant system offers cutting-edge technologies, simplifies integration and speeds time-to-market of intelligent digital signage applications

Eching, Germany – Kontron previewed its open pluggable specification (OPS) compliant solution based on the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors at the 4th Annual Shanghai International Digital Signage & Touch Technology Show. Giving OEMs the cutting-edge features and capabilities needed for more intelligent digital signage systems, Kontron’s OPS solution will deliver excellent performance per watt ratios, an increase in graphics and computing performance, upgraded manageability features and improved security, as well as an increase in uptime provided by remote management capabilities.

Kontron’s digital signage solution is fully compliant with the OPS specification created by Intel® to help standardize the design and development of digital signage applications that must integrate a diverse range of display technologies. The computing foundation utilizes the Kontron COM Express® basic Computer-on-Module (COM) COMe-bIP6, which gives OEMs a modular approach that enables optimized and cost-effective scalability of application-specific implementations in terms of graphics and processing performance. COMs also offer a clear migration path that developers can source for future digital signage upgrades, thereby future-proofing customers’ technology investments. It integrates the powerful 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor and the Mobile Intel® QM77 Express Chipset.

"Kontron’s modular OPS-compliant solution significantly simplifies the integration of a full range of advanced features for complex digital signage systems," said Kevin Rhoads, Vice President, Embedded Products Business Unit, Kontron. "It enables OEMs to quickly develop intelligent, media-rich digital signage. In addition, business profitability improvements can be achieved through remote management capabilities that enable easier upgrades and the scheduling of repairs."

"Kontron’s new OPS-compliant solution is further proof of the adoption and deployment of OPS in the digital signage market," said Raj Maini, Worldwide Marketing Director, Visual Retailing, Retail Solutions Division at Intel®. "Applications built using Kontron’s solution with the latest processor series from Intel greatly improves integrated graphics capabilities to display high resolution content, thus meeting the needs of graphics-intensive digital signage applications."

Kontron’s digital signage solution features a comprehensive range of externally accessible I/O including Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45, two USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI connector and audio jack. It also supports OPS JAE interconnect I/O such as HDMI, DisplayPort and USB 2.0 and 3.0. Integrated Intel® vPro technology provides enhanced functionality such as improved security with Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) and increased manageability through Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT). It also features 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity, and offers up to 8GB of dual channel DDR3-1600 non-ECC system memory and 80GB mSATA HD integrated storage.

Kontron is scheduled to release the product in Q3 2012.

About Kontron
Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology. With more than 40% of its employees in research and development, Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world’s embedded computing platforms. Kontron’s product longevity, local engineering and support, and value-added services, helps create a sustainable and viable embedded solution for OEMs and system integrators. Kontron works closely with its customers on their embedded application-ready platforms and custom solutions, enabling them to focus on their core competencies. The result is an accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership and an improved overall application with leading-edge, highly-reliable embedded technology.

Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/

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