Kontron Rolls Out 19-inch KISS-2U Industrial Silent Server

Kontron unveiled its Kontron Industrial Silent Server – 2U or KISS-2U that will be first presented at SPS/IPC/Drives show in Nuremberg, Germany. This latest addition to the KISS family of products offers a compact solution for harsh environments. Some of the features of the KISS-2U include an especially low installation height (88.90 mm), extremely quiet (< 35 dBA), scalable as desired, RoHS-compatible, long-term availability and ruggedized.

KISS-2U features PICMG 1.3 and PICMG 1.0 slotboards or Flex-ATX motherboards and are accordingly expandable in an especially flexible fashion, up to Multi-Core and PCI-Express-based systems. PICMG 1.x configurations with up to five expansion cards are packed especially close, thus space-saving. Two expansion cards are possible in the standard design with Flex-ATX motherboards. The system and all components come from our company and are “Made in Germany”. The KISS-2U servers are used in harsh environmental conditions in automation industry as well as in the OEM markets for oil and gas, mining, railway transportation, test & measurement, image processing and medical technology. The KISS-2U is guaranteed availability for at least five years.

In both the Flex-ATX and PICMG 1.3 designs, the KISS-2U servers offer performance currently up to Intel(R) CoreTM Duo T2600 or Intel Core Solo T1400, Intel 945GM chipset, 533MHz FSB and up to 4GB DDR2 main storage. Intel Core Duo processors offer up to twice as much performance in comparison to Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processors at a given GHz clock rate and with as little as 31 watts especially low power input. The Intel Core Duo also allows two processes to be reliably executed in parallel and without processor-interdependencies.

With the Flex-ATX configuration, 2x Gbit Ethernet, 6x USB 2.0, 4x RS232C, 2x IEEE1394 and audio are designed as interfaces on the back. On the front, 2x USB 2.0 are available. As expansion options, 1x PCIe-x1 and 1x PCI can be used. With the PICMG 1.3 configuration, the potential expansion options increase to PCIeX16, 1x PCIeX1 (or in the future 1x PCIeX4) and 3x PCI.

The hard drive access in every configuration is SATA-quick and especially secure thanks to on-board RAID support (RAID 0/1/5/10). A 5.25-inch slot accessible from the front and two internal 3.5-inch slots that are both shock-proof offer sufficient space for hard drives or other modules. Two temperature-controlled, extremely quiet, hot-swappable fans facilitate the rare service for the extremely robust and shock-resistant systems whose MTBF is specified as 50,000 hours (~ 5.7 years continuous operation).

The chassis for the KISS system is designed either for the desktop or for installation in 19-inch cabinets. It has a closable front cover that offers IP20 protection. The KISS systems are designed for continuous operation and are CE-certified and UL-suitable.

KISS-2U servers will be available directly from the warehouse as standard systems starting in January 2007 or customized as needed and delivered as tested and independently certified solutions in their entirety.

Kontron will be present on the following trade shows:

HET instrument, Netherlands, Oct 30 – Nov 03, 2006, booth Texim/ Koning and Hartman
electronica 2006, Germany, Nov 14 – 17, 2006, hall A6, booth A6.706
ComPaMED, Germany, Nov 15 – 17, 2006, hall 8, booth M11
SPS/IPC/DRIVES, Germany, Nov 28 – 30, 2006, hall 7, booth 7-306

About Kontron
A global leader in embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators, and application providers in the: automation, test and measurement, communications, medical, gaming and entertainment, military, aerospace, transportation, and energy markets. The company helps its customers considerably reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage with products including: high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, human-machine interfaces, and mobile rugged computers. Kontron employs more than 2,300 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol “KBC”. Kontron is a Premier member in the Intel(R) Communications Alliance which means earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support.