Time is a commodity that no one has enough of. 'Short time-to-market' is a nightmare every company suffers from. New concepts promise a lot of advantages, but how do you use them in a non existent time span? Especially embedded boards which are not always easy connectable, have tangling cables and often have non standard interfaces requiring additional/expensive adapters. Kontron recognised this problem and developed the ETX eval, a platform for ETX boards. Its main benefit is the ATX (Advanced Technology eXtended) form and function. To build an ATX based PC, just plug the ETX-P1 (Embedded Technology eXtended) onto the ETX eval, mount it into a PC chassis and you're set. Now system design and application development gets a great boost forward. Others still look for adapters while your project already started.
The board is in the standard ATX form factor and has onboard headers for ps/2 keyboard, ps/2 mouse, twin usb, twin serial, parallel, Ethernet and sound in/out jack sockets. The board has standard 0.1" pitch floppy and twin IDE interfaces. Power is supplied via either an ATX power connector or by an AT power connector. Additional headers bring out signals such as IrDA, LVDS LCD, VGA (same as on 15 way DSUB), sound (same as 3.5" jack sockets).
Kontron have recently updated the ETX-EVAL to version 2.0 to include extra functionality designed to aid development work with an ETX module. Additional functions include port80 post counter, additional connectors (such as serial, parallel etc from I/O controller on ETX-EVAL card) & extra USB connector (using signals from ETX CPU card). Schematics are available below for both models which give designers a base reference for designing custom baseboards.
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|Common||ATX form factor, four PCI slots, three ISA slots|
Keyboard/Mouse PS/2 connectors
Two IDE ports 2,54mm/40 pin
One FDD port 2,54mm/34 pin
One parallel ort DSUB25 female
Two serial ports DSUB9 male
VGA port 15pos. for CRT
Ethernet 10/100BaseT (RJ45)
FFC connector JILI ports for LCD panels
Debug port two 7 Segment Display
Sound Line in/out, Microphone, Speaker (3,5mm receptable)
USB 4 ports
IrDA signals available on pin header
Piezo speaker onboard and on pin header
Reset push button onboard and on pin header
Power connector for ATX- and BabyAT power supply
|Temperature||Operation (standard): 0° to 70°C|
Storage: -30° to 85°C
|Humidity||Operation: 10% to 90%, storage: 5% to 95% (non condensing)|
|Board||18010-0000-00-0 ETXeval - ETX evaluation board in ATX format (revision 2.0)|
|Order Online||Kontron ETX-Eval - Order Online|