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Kontron Introduces New 3U CompactPCI Building Blocks for Rolling-Stock and Rugged In-Vehicle Applications

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Kontron Australia  is the Australian operation of Kontron, a global leader in embedded computing technology.  

Kontron recently announced the expansion of its product portfolio for the transportation market at InnoTrans.  

Launching a series of new railway-compliant 3U Compact PCI products to accelerate OEMs’ time-to-market and reduce hardware design-in costs for a host of rolling-stock and rugged in-vehicle applications, Kontron is offering a full set of building blocks to enable OEMs to quickly compose application-ready platforms with pre-integrated COTS modules.  

In addition, Kontron announces the availability of a flexible CompactPCI train computing platform later this year, which will feature state-of-the-art Gigabit Ethernet and SATA switching over the backplane.  

The EN50155-compliant building blocks include the Kontron CompactPCI extension module CP305-TR, for the Intel Atom-based Kontron CP305 CompactPCI boards as well as the Kontron CompactPCI switch CP3923, both featuring rugged metric connectors and the Kontron plug-in power supply unit (PSU) CP3-SVE-M100DC.  

By obtaining railway-compliant products from a single solution provider, OEMs will benefit from faster application development and reduced costs throughout the extended life cycles in trains.  

Potential uses can be found in all mobile applications with a need for embedded computers offering reliability and longevity such as light and heavy rail systems as well as various commercial, industrial and military vehicles.    

Kontron CompactPCI extension module CP305-TR  

The Kontron CP305-TR is a 3U, 4HP extension module for Kontron CP305 3U CompactPCI CPU boards, which combines the record-breaking performance-per-watt ratio of the Intel Atom processor with a feature set tailored to transportation needs.  

This includes EN50155-compliant reliability and extremely low thermal design power (TDP) in addition to a soldered processor, chipset and RAM for harsh environments.  

With two USB 2.0 service ports via M8 connectors and two Fast Ethernet ports via M12 D-coded connectors, it is well suited for all mobile and transportation-oriented applications where robust, mechanically secured connections are required.  

The extension module also offers two serial interfaces as onboard 10-pin connectors in addition to two SATA connectors. Up to eight GPIO ports are available on an onboard connector.

New Kontron power supply unit CP3-SVE-M100DC  

The new EN 50155-compliant plug-in Kontron power supply unit CP3-SVE-M100DC is especially designed to meet the most demanding requirements of harsh train environments with an extended operating temperature range of -40ºC to +70ºC (EN50155 TX), a hold-up time of 10ms (EN50155 S2) and full EN50155 compliance with regard to shock and vibration, EMC and isolation requirements.  

With its ultra-wide input range supporting all voltages between 24 VDC and 110 VDC, and a maximum output power of 100W, the PSU is suitable for both on-board and wayside applications in the rail sector.  

New Kontron Gigabit Ethernet switch CP3923  

The new Kontron CP3923 can provide four (CP3923-4M) or eight (CP3923-8M) Gigabit Ethernet ports via rugged M12-D connectors, as well as IPv4/IPv6 routing and full management capabilities.  

It supports a powerful set of CLI, Telnet, Web and SNMP management interfaces to configure the entire set of protocols and parameters including Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols, Multicasting, QoS and Security.  

In addition, the Kontron CP3923 maximises the reliability of rugged COTS applications by supporting Intelligent Platform Management (IPMI) and hot-swap capabilities.  

Coming up: Kontron Train Computing Platform  

The EN50155-compliant Kontron train computing platform will come in a 19-inch industrial housing that can be flexibly equipped with Kontron’s railway building blocks for CPUs, switches, SATA RAID, storage, system management and PSU.  

These building blocks will fulfil a host of railway computing tasks such as passenger information handling, Internet on train, video surveillance, train control and management systems. For wireless communication, WiFi, GSM and UMTS modules that are readily available on the market can be integrated.  

With the upcoming Kontron train computing platform and Kontron’s comprehensive building blocks for railway applications, developers will benefit from a homogenous product platform that can be specifically tailored to all train computing systems, thus dramatically reducing the amount of time, effort and money associated with the tailoring, integration and maintenance of railway computing systems.

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