Kontron Introduces ThinkIO-P with Extended Temperature

Kontron debuted the Kontron ThinkIO-P. This most recent innovation from Kontron provides a greater heat range with less power consumption. According to industry standards, the typical temperature range for IPCs is 0 °C to + 55 °C. However, temperatures in many areas of use deviate considerably from this norm in both extremes.

The new extended temperature version of the Kontron ThinkIO-P covers an extended temperature range (-40 to +70 °C) with its ultra-low voltage processor. This is achieved by means of suitably temperature-resistant components and the ingenious passive cooling concept that is fan-less both inside and outside. With an optional field bus, the extended temperature range is between -20 and +70 °C; for the optional Wago I/O system 750, Wago offers selected components for a temperature range of -20 to +60 °C.

The version of Kontron ThinkIO-P for the extended temperature range is equipped with a 1GHz Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor and 256MB RAM. The exclusive passively-cooled Kontron ThinkIO-P in the robust aluminum chassis offers, along with its high computing power and internal flash, among other things, a Compact-Flash socket that can be used as a data storage unit or for backup/updates and all standard PC interfaces (2x USB, DVI analogue and digital, 1x serial). With two independent fast Ethernet interfaces, each with two opto-isolated digital I/O (24 V DC) and optional field busses (Profibus, CANopen or DeviceNet interfaces), the controller is optimally equipped for integration into modern and classic industrial networks and in addition also performs gateway and firewall functions for vertical integration when needed. Operating system support is offered for Windows XP Embedded and Linux. A SoftPLC on Realtime Linux is also optionally available. A watchdog and real-time clock round out the system’s features.

By means of the form-fit and contamination-proof connection of the intelligent terminals of the granular I/O systems 750 and 753 from Wago, the Kontron ThinkIO-P achieves a high degree of freedom in the design of application-specific I/O configurations. At the same time, not only the classic analogue and digital interfaces can be inserted at various potential levels, but also variants such as AS-i-Bus, SSI, incremental encoders, and serial interface modules with RS232 and RS485 interface.

Areas of use with high shock and vibration resistance requirements and high EMC requirements are just as critical as very high or low temperatures. In these instances the Kontron ThinkIO-P is the suitable platform for certifications in the maritime or railroad area, e.g., according to Germanischer Lloyd or EN 50155. According to Germanischer Lloyd, when mounting motors or compressors, it is important to remember that a Category D and thus a 4g vibration test are relevant. By comparison, the industry standard according to EN61311-2/IEC60068-2-6 is: 1g. To meet the specifications of the corresponding norms, during the development of the Kontron ThinkIO-P it was ensured that no rotating or moving components were used. For that reason, the Kontron ThinkIO-P features exclusively soldered main storage (RAM) and mass storage (flash); no rotating media such as a hard drive are used.

EMC resistance is also very important today, since it is a matter of guaranteeing that systems will reliably function even if wire disturbances, electrostatic discharges or strong electromagnetic fields appear due to certain circumstances. By means of the completely closed aluminum chassis of the Kontron ThinkIO-P, EN 55022/Class B (emitted interference; EN 61000-6-4) is adhered to. The KontronThinkIO-P also meets the requirements concerning emission according to (interference resistance; EN 61000-6-2), a corresponding 1 kV surge test (wire surge voltages) and an 8 kV ESD test.

Kontron will be present on the following trade shows:

  • Matelec, Spain, Oct 24 – 28, 2006, hall 3, booth 3E515
  • DéciElec, France, Oct 25 – 26, 2006, booth 96
  • 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.