Posted by John McHaleECHING, Germany, 11 Sept. 2010. Kontron introduced a new tool to help jump start design -- the Kontron microETXexpress Starterkit VxWorks validated by Wind River. The new COM Express compact kits expand Kontron's range of evaluation platforms for real time applications built around the COM Express form factors.As the Kontron starter kits are validated for use under the new operating system Wind River VxWorks 6.8, they eliminate the problems that arise whenever an application is developed on the basis of a new operating system and new hardware. There are many variables that can make the integration of hardware and software difficult and debugging to determine even the most minor error can be a very time-consuming task, Kontron officials say. With the pre-validated starter kits, risks for developers are minimized and time-to-market is shortened. The Kontron microETXexpress Starterkits VxWorks are pre-configured and assembled with a Kontron microETXexpress Computer-on-Module in the newly defined COM Express compact form factor with 1 gigabyte system memory and a heatsink cooling solution and are available for use with either the Kontron microETXexpress-SP Computer-on-Module (Intel Atom Processor Z530 (1.6GHz) and Intel SCH US15W) or with the Kontron microETXexpress-DC (Intel Atom processor N270, Intel 945GSE and Intel ICH7M). The small size of Kontron's 95 mm x95 mm COM Express compact modules makes them a fit for appliances with strict space limitations such as found in mobile medical and in-factory asset management applications. All these applications benefit from the optimized response behavior and flexibility of dedicated solutions.Also included in the box are an 8 gigabyte Wind River LiveUSB environment stick with Fedora Linux complete with Wind River Workbench 3.2 (30-day evaluation), the Wind River Tilcon Interface Development Tool 5.7 and VxWorks 6.8. Additionally, a 2 gigabyte USB stick with a preinstalled bootable VxWorks 6.8 demo image with Wind River Tilcon Graphic demo applications also is in the kit. Easy-to-use documentation and tutorial videos with sample use cases all are part of the kit as well. Development can begin within minutes of opening the package making the process easy for all levels of users. The option to purchase VxWorks licenses bundled with Kontron Computer-on-Modules also is available.Kontron plans to provide more releases of VxWorks LiveUSB Evaluation Environments and Wind River Linux Board Support Packages for its Computer-on-Modules.