Kontron has announced the availability of its next-generation high-performance embedded computer COBALT (Computer Brick Alternative) system offering a complete, rugged small form factor system that leverages the company”s hardened COM Express Computer-on-Modules (COMs) and optimises the latest Intel x86 architecture.
The Kontron COBALT provides additional tightly-coupled mezzanine features, a ruggedised compact carrier board and System Interface Board (SIB) that has been designed to give customers increased I/O options to meet specific edge application requirements. This proven modular and flexible platform matches ongoing development demands in applications such as rail transportation, military (ground, ship, avionics, unmanned), commercial avionics, oil & gas, outdoor communications or any where small high-compute platforms are required.
Meeting severe environment operational demands in many industries, Kontron has designed the IP67 chassis to operate reliably in a multitude of conditions including extreme temperatures, shock, vibration and EMI. Powering the Kontron COBALT base system is a 3rd generation Intel dual core-based COM Express Type 6 module that features ECC, rapid shutdown design, and 100% extended temp screening with the option of removable or fixed SSDs and/or fixed mSATA storage.
Windows, Linux and VxWorks operating system and software support packages are also available.
The carrier board design looks to maximise the system”s capabilities while minimising its overall size and meeting higher temperature and shock and vibration conditions. The Kontron COBALT is a fanless, fully enclosed system that provides efficient thermal management in a small 5.5 x 8.5 x 3.5-inch (139.7 x 215.89 x 88.89 mm) form factor weighing less than 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg).