Kontron next-generation COBALT system gives OEMs additional I/O options to meet specific edge application requirements

Next-generation system offers dramatically enhanced processing capability, multiple advanced I/O features in a smaller highly rugged form factor

Poway/San Diego, CA, November 18, 2013 – Kontron today announced at the MILCOM conference the availability of its next-generation Kontron high-performance embedded computer COBALT (Computer Brick Alternative) system. Kontron’s next-generation COBALT offers a complete, rugged small form factor system that leverages the company’s hardened COM Express® Computer-on-Modules (COMs) and optimizes the latest Intel® x86 architecture. The Kontron COBALT provides additional tightly-coupled mezzanine features, a ruggedized compact carrier board and System Interface Board (SIB) that give customers increased I/O options to meet specific edge application requirements. This proven modular and flexible platform matches ongoing development demands in applications such as rail transportation, military (ground, ship, avionics, unmanned), commercial avionics, oil & gas, outdoor communications or any where small high-compute platforms are required. The advanced functionality of the next-generation Kontron COBALT will be demonstrated at the Kontron MILCOM booth #1607 at the San Diego Convention Center in California, November 18 -- 20, 2013.

Meeting severe environment operational demands in many industries, Kontron designed the IP67 chassis to operate reliably in a multitude of conditions including extreme temperatures, shock, vibration and EMI. Powering the Kontron COBALT base system is a 3rd generation Intel® dual core-based COM Express® Type 6 module that features ECC, rapid shutdown design, and 100% extended temp screening with the option of removable or fixed SSDs and/or fixed mSATA storage. Windows, Linux and VxWorks operating system and software support packages are also available. The carrier board design maximizes the system’s capabilities while minimizing its overall size and meeting higher temperature and shock and vibration conditions. The Kontron COBALT is a fanless, fully enclosed system that provides efficient thermal management in a small 5.5 x 8.5 x 3.5-inch (139.7 x 215.89 x 88.89 mm) form factor weighing less than 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg).

Kontron will continue to release application-specific profiles of its next-generation COBALT platform through 2014 and can readily support custom configured solutions as well. For more information, please visit the Kontron COBALT product page.

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About Kontron

Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology. With more than 44% of its employees in research and development, Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world’s embedded computing platforms. Kontron’s product longevity, local engineering and support, and value-added services, help create a sustainable and viable embedded solution for OEMs and system integrators. Kontron works closely with its customers on their embedded application-ready platforms and custom solutions, enabling them to focus on their core competencies. The result is an accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership and an improved overall application with leading-edge, highly-reliable embedded technology.