Kontron releases nanoETXexpress Starterkit for Wind River VxWorks

ECHING, Germany, 24 April 2010. Kontron introduced the Intel Atom processor-based COM Express compatible Kontron nanoETXexpress Starterkit for the latest VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) platform.

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ECHING, Germany, 24 April 2010. Kontron introduced the Intel Atom processor-based COM Express compatible Kontron nanoETXexpress Starterkit for the latest VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) platform.

This starter kit is pre-configured with the Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP Computer-on-Module, featuring the Intel Atom Z530 (1.6GHz) processor, and is validated by the Wind River Partner Validation Program for use with VxWorks. The starter kit enables developers to address issues such as integration costs, time-to-market, and long-term support, right from the start of platform evaluation.

The new tool provides a human machine interface (HMI) application platform, well-suited for distributed or mobile ultra small form factor devices such as those used in military, healthcare, medical, small-footprint industrial devices, automotive telematics, and networking.

"While VxWorks delivers responsiveness in a deterministic manner, the Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP with its open x86 architecture ensures barrier-free connectivity of distributed devices as well as the scalability of appliances over generations of processors and performance classes," explains Dirk Finstel, chief technology officer, Kontron AG. "Additionally, a complementary implementation with the high performance type 1 Wind River Hypervisor, hosting VxWorks and an additional guest operating system, is scheduled to be available soon."

"With the starter kit, customers can begin their development work within minutes of opening the box. In addition, customers have the option to purchase VxWorks production licenses bundled with Kontron boards and modules, which allows both Kontron and Wind River to more quickly respond to customer requirements," says Roger Williams, vice president, Alliances and Business Development, Wind River.

The COM Express COM.0 Type 1 compatible Kontron nanoETXexpress Starterkit for VxWorks is equipped and pre-assembled. The onboard 2GB flash drive is pre-programmed with the latest VxWorks operating system and HMI application demonstration. The starter kit also includes a USB drive containing a 30-day trial of the Wind River LiveUSB Environment that includes Wind River Workbench 3.2, Wind River Tilcon Interface Development Tool 5.7, and VxWorks 6.8. Tutorial videos are included in the accompanying documentation to help engineers immediately begin using the platform, evaluating their own appliances, or running benchmarks.

For more information on the nanoETXexpress Starterkit for VxWorks, visit
http://www.kontron.com/products/computeronmodules/com+express/nanoetxexpress/nanoetxexpress+starterkit+vxworks.html.

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