Kontron (Poway, CA) has introduced the CP308 3U CompactPCI® multicore board with the CP308-MEDIA extension card, featuring the new HD digital display interface standard DisplayPort. It includes S/P-DIF-Out audio and stereo audio ports for Line In, Line Out, and Microphone. It also features the 45nm Intel®CoreTM2 Duo processor up to 2.26 GHz, the embedded Intel® GS45 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub, up to 8 GBytes of energy-efficient DDR3 RAM, and the Intel® I/O Controller Hub ICH9M.

The Kontron CP308-MEDIA features two DisplayPort interfaces on the front for direct-drive, end-to-end communication between the board and different panels. Compared to DVI or LVDS, DisplayPort reduces cabling, connector footprint, and minimizes the need for additional monitor electronics for panel control. With conventional adapters, DisplayPort also connects to HDMI, DVI or VGA monitors. The optical S/P-DIF-Out transmits digital Intel® HD Audio. Onboard the Kontron CP308-MEDIA features connectors for COM, SATA, a SD/SDHC socket, a CompactFlash socket and a Mini PCI Express socket. Extending the Kontron CP308-MEDIA via an additional Mini PCI Express device like WLAN, GPRS, Network, or

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