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Robust Performance in 3U and 6U Configurations
Today’s demands on industrial PC technology require intelligent, cost-optimized products that are suitable for rugged environments and ensure longevity. These factors, along with many others, bring system designers back to the robust, modular and standardized CompactPCI platforms. Available in both 3U and 6U form factors, this technology offers the latest and fastest Intel® Core™ processor technology for applications across all market spaces. Driven and supported by the PICMG group for more than 10 years, CompactPCI platforms are designed for modularity, ruggedization, Hot Swap, system management and provide densed computing performance, which is supported by optimized air or conduction cooled concepts.
To fulfill further market needs, the CompactPCI system platform provides:
|3U Boards||6U Boards||CPCI Platforms|
|X86 Processor||X86 Processor||PICMG 2.16|
|PowerPC Processor||Network - Switches||6U CompactPCI|
|Miscellaneous Controller||PMC Carrier||3U CompactPCI|
CompactPCI Tech Highlights
CompactPCI provides solutions for high density integrated systems, excellent EMI shielding, optimized cooling, robust and highly available systems.
Kontron integrates all these characteristics into a wide range of CompactPCI products with advantageous features:
CompactPCI Performance Line
To meet the growing demand of computing power, Kontron always offers the latest technology available in the market. The use of high-performance components from Intel®‘s Embedded Roadmap ensures the longest product lifespan possible. The 3U and 6U boards with Intel® Core™ processors deliver power-packed performance that guarantees a presence in both today‘s and tomorrow‘s markets.
The latest Kontron CompactPCI boards are equipped with the high performance and low-power Intel® Core™ processors. These CompactPCI CPU boards are up to 60 percent faster than the previous generation, have three times the graphics performance with similar energy consumption. For example, the Kontron CP6004-SA, CP3003-SA and have been engineered with 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors and offer Medical, Defense, Industrial and Telecommunications applications a major jump in performance power.
CompactPCI Performance Products
CompactPCI Rugged Line -- For Harsh Environments
Kontron is constantly evolving its line of reliable and powerful rugged CompactPCI boards to ensure our customers can develop leading edge applications that work under extreme temperatures and high levels of physical stress. From communication systems on the ground to in-flight systems, the highest requirements must be met without compromise. Examples of other applications include, defense flight combat simulators, on-board vehicle systems, shelter applications and in-flight entertainment. Kontron’s rugged, forced air- or conduction cooled, COTS processor boards and switches are a perfect combination for applications that demand the highest levels of performance and ruggedization.
CompactPCI Rugged Products
CompactPCI Value Line -- Cost Effective Reliability
Cost sensitivity plays a major role in industrial applications. To meet this market demand and protect future investments, in addition to the customer’s technical requirements, Kontron develops 3U CompactPCI and 6U CompactPCI value line products. These products come with high product availability and competitive pricing for applications in all industrial sectors. Complete systems like the XL-/CP-POCKET line provide a cost-optimized solution for CompactPCI.
CompactPCI Value Products
Computer Platforms for Transportation » Train Management » Vital Train Control » Interlocking » Control Center » Video Surveillance » Infotainment
Application-Ready platforms, Board & System Level Solutions, Custom Design, Lifecycle Management, Program & Supply Chain Management for the Medical industry
CPCI products at a glance
Driving the world's embedded platforms
Complex & demanding military applications elevate thermal issues for designers
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L’ Ethernet haut débit promet de simplifier sensiblement la structure des systèmes informatiques. Le 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) est disponible dans les CPU et les contrôleurs MAC Ethernet avancés pour sous-systèmes de traitement et de stockage. (...)
Choosing Design Options Requires Skill, Real-World Expertise and a Critical Focus on Data Points Relevant to Application and Environment
PCI Express Switch Fabric for High Performance Embedded Computing
A must have for all high-performance embedded computing appliances
Explains why portability & data quality are key to improved patient care.
Technology upgrades are leveraging VPX, CompactPCI and x86-based VME to minimize redesign, increase performance and reduce footprint.
Form factors such as CompactPCI, VME and VPX provide solutions for today’s ever growing demands for high-bandwidth data movement in military systems. PCI Express and Ethernet provide the fabric interconnects that bring it all together.
There are distinct differences between the embedded computing form factors that have gained the most traction in the defense market. But the top choices have achieved a level of acceptance that’s particularly important to military system designs.
CP303 Computers on the ISS
The University of Amsterdam’s commercial spin-off, IDEAS! UvA B. V., has developed under the auspices of EADS Space Transportation the temperature control system and two experiment containers for the DECLIC materials research project, which will be conducted onboard the International Space Station (ISS) from 2008. IDEAS! uses a CompactPCI board from Kontron for the temperature control system. The combination of robust design, small size, and Kontron’s first-rate customer service tipped the scales in favour of the CP303 board.
Full steam ahead for Poland’s railways
As part of an extensive modernization program, the Polish railway network is being upgraded with a custom designed state-of-the-art embedded control system that meets the highest international safety standards. Underlining the important trend towards single-source embedded suppliers, Siemens Sp zo.o. in Poland and the Warsaw University of Technology outsourced the development of the entire hardware platform to Kontron who supplied a control system platform based on multiple VME, CompactPCI® and PICMG® 1.3 system configurations.
Industrial PC - Rackmount
Kontron and Azimuth Sharpen the Department of Defense's Stiletto Boat Drug Interdiction
systems and software from Azimuth have weathered them all without fail.
Industrial Measurement Technology with a CompactPCI Core
The application of industrial measurement technology in ATE systems (Automatic Test & Measurement) has changed continually over the years. Radical changes have been based primarily on the advent of new standardized components whose use is very commercially attractive.
Compact IPC protects high-performance antennas - New Rohde & Schwarz antenna protection system uses PC-based controller and USB sensors
CompactPCI computers control automated systems in open-cast mining operations.
The objective was clear: a control system on a bucket-wheel excavator for mining lignite, a fossil fuel often known as brown coal, needed to be completely refurbished. Despite widespread skepticism, EWG Automation decided on a comprehensive PC-based automation solution. The system integrators developed an efficient and stable application with products from a number of suppliers. Crunching and grating, bucket wheels the size of a delivery van burrow into the black cliff. In summer the temperature in the operator's cabin, suspended just a few meters away, is almost unbearable. A constant, powerful 5Hz vibration shakes the cabin incessantly. The air in the cabin is thick with fine, black coal dust that deposits itself as a thick greasy layer on sweating skin.
Robust Control Technology in use Underground Worldwide
Eickhoff shearer loaders use modular CompactPCI hardware from Kontron and the CoDeSys Soft PLC together with Profibus and CANopen in a single-system solution. The bundle can also be purchased as a preconfigured, application-ready platform for any control application. In addition to the timesaving hardware/software integration, customers benefit from the ability to customize the system with in-house CPU cards and I/O assemblies.
Sophisticated Image Processing
Sophisticated image processing systems are becoming an increasingly indispensible part of quality control on automated filling and packaging lines that require zero failure tolerance. The embedded computer technology used in the systems needs to offer price-optimized, highly reliable real-time performance in a rugged environment. To meet these demands, one of the world’s leading designers and suppliers of filling lines and control systems has developed a highly flexible image processing system based on custom designed 3U CompactPCI® CPU boards from Kontron.
Surviving in Death Valley
Before a vehicle reaches the mass production stage, countless measurements need to be made to coordinate all components optimally. Mobile measuring systems specialist Suchy Data Systems GmbH, based in Maisacher, Germany, has developed a new compact measuring system to meet the requirements of field tests. This system can analyze up to 600 measurement channels. A CompactPCI CPU board with rear I/O support specially customized by Kontron for Suchy is used as the subsystem for visualization, data logging, and communications.
Robust multi-core technology for more accurate and faster mapping of the sea floor
6U CompactPCI multi-core computing technology from Kontron based on the PICMG 2.16 standard enables ATLAS Hydrographic Echosounder to generate more detailed and more accurat bathymetric maps at a faster rate
Cross Connect Computer Platform
For the management of leased lines powerful computer systems with a high degree of availability have to be applied. In this range our engineers developed a system concept of a highly compact computer platform. A 64 bit capable CompactPCI architecture with a SPARC CPU under Solaris 8 has been selected. For optimum connectivity the design supports up to 26 Ethernet ports plus two separate SCSI buses and the specific extensions NVRAM and tempterature monitoring and shutdown. Beside the system concept, Kontron Applications provided the entire driver development, documentation, and certification. As an OEM-partner Kontron Applications delivers the systems after a 100% testing directly to the end customers.
Digital Radio Communication
Due to its extended temperature range, high reliability, and scalability a low power Intel® Pentium III and Pentium 4 up to 2,4 GHz based on a CompactPCI board from Kontron have been chosen to realize the next generation of cellular phone network. TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) is a standard defined by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). This Digital Radio System contributes higher privacy, better audio quality and improves the speed in data transmission and the capacity of access to other nets, like Internet, fixed phone nets. The use of the radio communications based on the standard TETRA, is mainly guided toward professional users that need a high specialization and reliability in its communications (e.g. police, fire department), with an inferior cost than the GSM system.vOur customer is developing a TETRA-based product range including mobile and dispatcher terminals, a 2nd generation handheld, a low cost RF TETRA modem and local/regional coverage infrastructure.
JSC Russian Railways - Railway Switching
JSC Russian Railways is a large-scale rail transport company for both cargo and passenger trains. The Russian Federation founded the JSC Russian Railways Company and they widely use Kontron's CPCI products (i.e. CP605, CP690, CP-ASM10-PSB) for their automatic switching systems. With this technology they have the ability to reduce many delays associated with traditional switching.
The laser is a universal tool for non-contact cutting, welding, marking, drilling, punching and forming materials. It is not subject to wear and tear. A 6U CompactPCI system running under VxWorks is used in the laser cutting machines produced by a global leader in laser technology. They offer the solution for almost any application and use customized technology from the Kontron Group. The customer produces computer-controlled machine tools for processing and combination machining of flexible sheet metal. The design engineers chose 6U CompactPCI to control the beam intensity because it is very shock and vibration resistant and has a passive cooling. Kontron delivers a complete, configured central unit including the VxWorks target licence on one order so our customers' logistics are as simple as possible.
Setting a New Standard in Digital Image Processing
A developer, manufacturer, and distributor of analog and digital products and systems for the making, processing and reproduction of images relies on Kontron for the hardware components of its projects. Inside the company's high-speed digital printer, which processes approximately 20,000 prints per hour, is a 6U CompactPCI system. The laser printer, which offers resolution of 300 dpi, enables perfect networking with existing lab equipment. Kontron has developed a special motherboard with DVD and fast, 180 gigabit, 3.5" hard disk to exploit the full capabilities of such a high performance machine.
Visualization for Submarines
For the use in ships and submarines Kontron has developed a rugged solution that has ultra low radiation capability and is almost noiseless. The system, which is based on industrial motherboard technology, is used for visualization and frame grabbing purpose. The HMI also easily adjusts to the extreme light conditions in a submarine. This fully custom product is meant to operate under extreme conditions and withstand salt water and salt fog without any problems. It is already used in various Navy Forces.
Single Fastjet Pilot Flies Multiple Aircraft
During March 2007 a series of QinetiQ research activities culminated with a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot successfully controlling multiple unmanned aircraft from the cockpit of a Tornado military jet. For this series of flight trials, QinetiQ’s sophisticated control software was hosted on a dedicated Kontron platform comprising a mix of standard, off-the-shelf boards based on 3U CompactPCI® and VME embedded computing form factors as well as Kontron industrial servers.
Tunnel Safety Requires Sound Performance from Rugged Computers
Control of railway tracks
Kontron has realized a CompactPCI based train control system for the French railways. There are approximately 200 control units and 2000 field units on the track connected by Ethernet. Such mission critical systems require 100 percent reliability. Therefore the fail-over control units are designed with two different hardware and software technologies for redundancy: An x86 based part with the a 3U Intel® Pentium M CPCI board, the CP306, running under Linux RT-OS and a PowerPC 8540 based part with LynxOS. If any failure occurs in one system, regardless if software or hardware, the redundant system takes over. The outdoor units placed on the rails are equipped with the E²Brain Computer-on-Module, due to features like extended temperature range, resistant to harsh environment conditions, and high reliability.
MULTIMEDIA cPCI RACK
Siemens Transportation Systems (STS) relies on Kontron Transportation high-end technology to design new, successful products. Kontron 6U CompactPCI, 19 inches/84TE meets highest constraining railway requirements and norms. This system is composed of 2 calculators networked with a permanent Ethernet connection installed in the underground driving cab.
It allows following functionalities:
Permanently connected to the centralized driving cab, this system guarantees to its owners a perfect reactivity and a real time management of all vehicles.
Kontron‘s Embedded Systems EN50155 Compliant Solutions
Kontron has built up a solid experience within embedded electronics for railways. During these last seven years, Kontron has been involved with the deliveries of embedded computers in the following key projects: AGC (Autorail Grande Capacité), East TGV, Autorail (CFD) and JAVAVAL (automatic train in Lille city) in France. Other projects in the United Kingdom include Virgin’s Voyager, Electrostar, Turbostar, Meridian and Pioneer. With this knowledge, Kontron offers solutions based on generic electronic platforms completely EN50155 certified.
International Space Station
DECLIC is a French generic experiment facility for scientific material research under a micro-gravity environment on board the International Space Station. Experiments are inserted in the facility and can be exchanged with inserts from other scientific teams. The facility is a co-operative project of CNES-NASA and under contract run by EADS Space Transportation. The University of Amsterdam-IDEAS UvA b.v. designed the thermal control electronics, containing a Kontron CompactPCI Pentium board, and two experiment containers. A second Kontron CompactPCI board is located in the data handling hardware section.
CompactPCI MilPAC for Otomelara
Kontron has developed together with Otomelara, one of the leading military companies and part of the Finmeccanica group, a rugged portable solution within less than 6 months. The NATO green product called CompactPCI MilPAC can be operated at a temperature of - 20°C and withstand splash water (up to IP 54) without issue. The MilPAC, which has now become a standard product for Otomelara, is used in maintenance and inspection systems for turrets manufactured by the Italian company. It is already in use throughout the world for many different Military Forces.
Communication with Military Vehicles
Data and voice communications with military vehicles have very specific requirements. Besides "ordinary" functionality, the unit and all of its components which are placed inside the vehicles have to fulfill very specific temperature ranges as well as high shock and vibration resistance.
Providing a software operating platform, which is not used anymore in today's markets, but still validated for the military standards, was a must. Kontron engineers succeeded in finding missing pieces in the world wide web community, modifying, adapting, and testing, within a few weeks.
6U CPCI Products
Dispatcher Operation Control System of the Moscow Monorail Transport System
In 1999, there was CJSC “Moscow Monorail” established and the program “Moscow Monorail Transport” approved which is aimed at developing a monorail transport system in Moscow, with the participation of the Government of Moscow and Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Moscow Institute for Heat Engineering”.
Moscow Monorail Transport System (MMTS) – is not just a new type of the rolling-stock, but it’s a new spin in the field of automation control of complex transport systems. In the framework of the project RTSoft company developed and implemented dispatch control system (DCS) at the first length of the railroad between the stations “Sergei Eizenschtein Street” and “Timiryazevskaya Metro Station”. Moscow monorail is a sophisticated technical complex which is composed of a line with 12 passenger stations, electro rolling-stock (ERS), a train shed with a transborder (a mechanism for leading trains out to the line), railroad substations, automated track switches, railroad safety devices, communication systems and many others. Dispatch control system is used to control such a sophisticated complex.