Kontron announced the release of the Kontron ThinkIO-Duo, the latest model in its top-hat, fan less PC range. Complex applications which demand the high standards of Intel(R) Dual-core technology will thrive from its robust design and high computing performance.
The extremely compact Kontron ThinkIO-Duo (70mm deep / 35mm slot level) is equipped with an Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo U2500 processor with a clock rate of 2 x 1.2 GHz and 512MB or 1GB of RAM. Along with high computing performance and internal Flash (512MB/2GB), this passively-cooled PC, also offers a customizable CompactFlash socket for data storage or backups/updates, 512KB non-volatile memory and all the standard PC interfaces (2 x USB 2.0, RS232, DVI-I). Three LAN interfaces make it simple to connect a variety of media such as cameras or a WLAN router. Users can also implement an Ethernet-based ‘software’ field bus. In addition, remote access/monitoring and control or connection to the company’s MES or ERP systems and databases are possible. There are also interrupt-capable onboard inputs which can be used for rapid reaction to extreme events, such as activating a cut-off switch. Watchdog and real-time clock round out the system’s features. Similar to all of the Kontron ThinkIO family, the option is available for the WAGO 750/753 I/O clamps to be connected directly.
The Kontron ThinkIO-Duo is available with Windows XP Embedded Embedded or a Linux OSADL software package (Open Source Automaton Development Lab). The Dual-core technology used with Linux or Windows XPe makes Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) possible, offering the user more computing performance without a significant increase in thermal design power. Another component of dual core technology is Intel(R) Virtualization Technology, which makes hardware administration even simpler.
Kontron offers its OEM customers the opportunity to significantly reduce their time to market with the Kontron ThinkIO-Duo. By building applications on the integrated platform offered by the Kontron ThinkIO, designers will now be able to focus on other items such as software development and system integration. In addition, the total cost of ownership is kept low by the maintenance-free, flexible, and robust design of the Kontron ThinkIO-Duo.
Kontron designs and manufactures standard-based and custom embedded and mobile rugged solutions for OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontron’s diverse product portfolio includes: Computer-on-Modules, SBCs/blades, open-modular platforms and systems, HMIs, mobile rugged workstations, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel(R) Communications Alliance and was awarded 2006 Intel Member of the Year. The company is a recent three-time VDC Platinum vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol “KBC”.