Kontron SMARC-sAL28

Low Powered but High Performance, Industrial Temperature

Manufacturer: Kontron
Kontron SMARC-sAL28

The SMARC-sAL28 is a SMARC half-size module using the NXPs LS1028 processor with dual-core ARM. It is designed on the latest SMARC 2.1 specification. The NXP Dual Cortex A72 LS1028A processor and a 3D GPU make the module powerful and flexibly deployable. It has up to five TSN-capable 1GB Ethernet ports and up to 8GB memory, which is twice the capacity as before. The new SMARC module, which is now in series production, thus achieves high network capability and performance for industrial applications.

The SMARC-sAL28 is available in three versions, which can be adapted to individual customer requirements: The first version has two TSN-capable 1GB Ethernet ports that can be used directly by the carrier; the second version has one TSN-capable 1GB Ethernet port. The third version offers six Ethernet ports with PHY on the carrier, five of which are TSN-capable.

All versions support up to 8GB DDR3L non-ECC or ECC memory down and have a 3D GPU and eMMC 5.1 onboard memory between 2 and 64GB. A dual-channel LVDS interface and two PCI Express® (PCIe) x1 interfaces are available.

In addition, the SMARC-sAL28 has one SDIO, four serial, one I2S, two I2C, two SPI, twelve GPIO and one CAN interface. Uboot serves as boot loader. The SMARC-sAL28 uses the Yocto Linux operating system and is designed for the industrial temperature range E2 from -40 to +85 degrees Celsius.

Typical application examples for the highly integrated module can be found in manufacturing automation. The modules are also used reliably in drive and motion control as well as industrial control. They are also integrated into IoT gateways, programmable logic controllers (PLC) and human-machine interfaces (HMI). 

Kontron also uses this module as the basis for the KBox A-230-LS, which can be used directly as an edge computer in TSN networks. The box PC has up to five TSN-capable 1GB Ethernet ports that meet IEEE 802.1-TSN specifications. Thereby, Kontron provides a cost-effective solution for implementing a TSN-capable IoT gateway from a single source. Kontron is thus building a bridge between IT and OT, hence enabling Industry 4.0 concepts based on future-oriented Ethernet protocol standards.


CPU SpecNXP Dual Cortex A72 LS1028 processor
MemoryUp to 4 GByte DDR3L (ECC)
Graphics1x LVDS dual-channel, alternatively eDP as BOM option
HDMI, DP (BOM option)
NetworkUp to 2x 10/100/1000 MBit Ethernet
StorageUp to 64 GByte eMMC 5.1
USBup to 6x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
Serial4x serial interfaces (2x RX / TX only)
AudioUp to 1x I2S interface
Other2x I2C, 2x SPI, 12x GPIO, 1x CAN
OptionsAlternate function on PCIe C/D: SXGMII or UXGMII to connect Ethernet bridge PHY directly on the carrier
(allows up to 5x TSN capable 1GB LAN ports)
PlatformSecurity Chip (Support of Kontron Approtect) on request



ExpansionSMARC 2.1
Up to 2x PCIe x1 or 2x PCIe x2 or 1x PCIe x4
Electrical3 V – 5.25 V operates directly from single level Lithium Ion cells or fi xed
3.3 V – 5 V power supplies
Mechanical82 x 50 mm
SoftwareYocto Linux
TemperatureOperation: -40°C to 85°C
Storage: -40°C to 85°C
Humidity93 % relative Humidity at 40 °C, non-condensing (according to IEC 60068-2-78)
VibrationSinus from 10 Hz -3000 Hz
Amplitude: 10 Hz-57,6 Hz: +/- 0,15 mm
Acceleration: 57,6 Hz – 3000Hz: 2 g
Cycles: 10 per axis, three axes
ShockPulse: half sinus
Period: 11 ms
Acceleration: 15 g
Cycles: three shocks per axis, three axes
MTBFEstimated 10 years at 40°C
EMCEN62368-1:2014 + AC:2017
EN610000-6-3:2007 + A1:2011
CISPR 32: Edition 1.0 2012-01, class B, 1-6 GHz
EN55024:2010 + A1:2015
Warranty2 Years


Ordering Details

SMARC-sAMX8X quad X+ 3G/8S all features
SMARC with NXP i.MX8X, quadX+ 1.2 GHz; 3 GB LPDDR4, 8 GB eMMC pSLC, LVDS, DP, HDMI, 2x LAN, 3x PCIe

SMARC-sAMX8X dual X+ 1.2GHz 1.5G/8S all features
SMARC with NXP i.MX8X, dualX+ 1.2 GHz; 1.5 GB LPDDR4, 8 GB eMMC pSLC, LVDS, DP, HDMI, 2x LAN, 3x PCIe

SMARC-sAMX8X dual X 1G/4S LVDS only 1 x PCIe
SMARC with NXP i.MX8X, dualX 1.2 GHz; 1 GB LPDDR4, 4 GB eMMC pSLC, LVDS only, 1x PCIe

Please note that boards are supplied with no cables, software or manuals.
Software/manuals are available electronically.
Accessories51010-0000-99-1 SMARC-sAMX8X heatspreader
51300-0000-00-0 SMARC 2.0 Evaluation Carrier Board for SMARC™ Computer-on-modules
51117-0000-00-0 SMARC Mounting Kit
Recab UK
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