Kontron Designs Tegra 3 Mini ITX Motherboard

Computer-on-module (COM) and industrial PC (IPC) major Kontron designed the first NVIDIA Tegra 3 motherboard in the mini-ITX (slim) form-factor. The board measures 17 x 17 cm, and should fit in most ITX/ATX cases. 

Computer-on-module (COM) and industrial PC (IPC) major Kontron designed the first NVIDIA Tegra 3 motherboard in the mini-ITX (slim) form-factor. The board measures 17 x 17 cm, and should fit in most ITX/ATX cases. The board is armed with most current and legacy connectivity, and a powerful SoC.

 Kontron Designs Tegra 3 Mini ITX Motherboard

The Kontron KTT30/mITX makes use of an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core (4 + 1 power-saving core) SoC. Its four CPU cores are built in the ARM Cortex-A9 micro-architecture, and are clocked at 900 MHz. It features NVIDIA GeForce ULP GPU. The GPU is capable enough to handle 3D acceleration, 1080p video playback, and an LVDS link with 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution. The GPU also provides h.264, MPEG4 hardware encoding/decoding acceleration. The Tegra 3 SoC is backed by up to 2 GB of DDR3L system memory (RAM). 

The KTT30/mITX is filled to the brim with connectivity. For expansion, the board has a total of three mPCIe slots, of which one doubles up as mSATA, and another one as reserved for 3G HSDPA MODEM. The board has a SIM card slot on-board. Apart from the three, the board has two SD card slots, and a bootable eMMC module. 

There are a plethora of peripheral interfaces, some more familiar to the PC crowd, others with embedded/COM designers. PC users will find a total of three USB 2.0 ports (two standard type A, one micro-USB), a gigabit Ethernet interface, stereo analog and multi-channel digital (SPDIF) audio outputs, and HDMI 1.4a display output supporting digital resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 pixels. Embedded connectivity includes two RS232 (8-wire serial/COM), LVDS display output supporting up to 2048 x 1536 pixels @ 18 bpp, three MIPI connectors (1x DSI, 1x CSI, 1x either DSI or CSI), eighteen GPIO connectors, a 2-pin DC power input, and 4-pin PWM fan output.

The KTT30/mITX has a target power draw of less than 7 Watts, it should be able to run off a fairly light and compact AC adapter. It should be able to drive most Linux derivatives for the ARM machine architecture, including Android and Chrome OS. Find finer details in the datasheet.