For Use With ALL ETX Processor Boards
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 get 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 has 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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