Monday, December 13, 2010

Military embedded computer from Kontron enhanced with DC power

Kontron in Poway, Calif., is announcing several improvements to its Computer Brick Alternative (COBALT) embedded computer, including a DC power supply customizable I/O for rugged and harsh-environment demands of control systems in military vehicles.

The COBALT small, low-profile box-level system aims at military size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements and features a no-backplane design. The Kontron COBALT is a fanless, enclosed design that measures 6.5 by 9.725 by 2.95 inches, and weighs less than 5.5 pounds.

The COBALT comes with one, two, or four gigabytes of DDR2 RAM, optional solid state drive with as much capacity as 512 gigabytes, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, 2x USB, and 5x RS-232/422, with optional 1x ARINC 429, 1x MIL-STD-1553, GPS, and GPIO as well as an integrated 8-port Ethernet switch (managed or unmanaged) via rugged mil-spec connectors.

The embedded computing module offers processing power ranging from a low-power Intel Atom to a powerful Intel Core2 Duo. The rugged embedded computer can be configured for either 28 volts DC (complying to MIL-STD-1275 or MIL-STD-704) or 115 volts AC input power for ground vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), manned aircraft, ships, or submarines.

The Kontron COBALT systems are configurable with Linux or Windows operating systems and can be tested to assure conformance with program-specific software.

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