Kontron Debuts Fanless, High Performance, Low-Maintenance Touch Screen

Kontron announces its new panel PC, the KPC-1500RT, a fanless, high performance and low-maintenance system with 15-inch resistive touch screen. This industrial grade platform is equipped with the Ultra Low Voltage Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor and Intel(R) 852GM/ICH4 chipset. With front panel designed to meet IP65 standards, the KPC-1500RT can operate in harsh industrial environments that require water and dust-proof solutions such as automation and other HMI markets. Offering an economical maintenance concept, the KPC-1500RT is designed using Kontron’s proven embedded computing and mobile technology.

Kontron KPC 1500-1700RT Panel PCThe Kontron KPC-1500RT’s Celeron(R) M processor offers outstanding performance with extremely low energy consumption. Industrial-grade design ensures this panel PC can withstand vibration (1G/5~500Hz) and shock (10G/11ms) in harsh conditions. To meet the needs of data integration in HMI applications as well as future expandability, the KPC-1500RT’s I/O features include four COM ports, six high speed USB 2.0 ports, one parallel port,one Combo drive, and AC’97 audio,with Mic-in/Line-in/Line-out. Two integrated 10/100 Base-T fast Ethernet ports are provided for advanced networking connectivity and a PCI interface for additional expansion. Compared to PC-based systems, KPC-1500RT not only lowers energy costs, but allows installation in tight confines with fanless operation to suit various automation environments.

Designed for noiseless operation, low power consumption, high reliability and high performance, the KPC-1500RT is ideal for use in harsh environments. The KPC-1700RT, a 17″ touch screen version with all the features and performance of the KPC-1500RT, is also available. Both models support mainstream operating systems including Windows 2000/2003/XP/XP Embedded and Linux.

About Kontron
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”.