Hardware manufacturer Kontron has announced a new addition to its range of Embedded Computing Technology (ECT) with the launch of the new KBox C-102-4 which comes equipped with four PCIe slots and is now available in four different alternative designs. The compact KBox C-102-0 without additional expansion slots, the KBox C-102-1 and KBox C-102-2 with one or two PCI(e) expansion slots respectively, and the new KBox C-102-4 with four PCI(e) expansion slots.
Designed specifically for industrial applications the computer systems can be used for visualisation, control and inspection stations during a production process. The PC comes equipped with options to install 6th generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors or Intel Xeon E3 1500 v5 series CPUs depending on your budget and requirements. The systems have been designed to be maintenance free and are both battery and fan free offering a significantly longer lifespan and higher system stability than other PCs on the market. Kontron explains more:
All KBox C-102 versions come with three IEEE1588 Gbit Ethernet ports, two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports each, one DisplayPort, one RS232 port, and one SD card slot in addition to two internal mSATA slots, as well as up to two SSD/HDD slots including RAID functionality. Additional system extensions can be easily realized using Kontron’s proprietary adapter board for additional graphics-, COM- and CAN ports as well as PCIe or two Mini-PCIe slots according to individual requirements.Additionally, the Kontron KBox C-102 series supports Kontron WideLink, a technology that implements data communication between a remote visualization unit and control computer through a standard CAT6a Ethernet cable at up to 100 meters distance from the control computer. This enables efficient and ergonomic visualization solutions in especially complex and expansive production facilities.
Unfortunately, no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet by Kontron, but as soon as information comes to light, we will keep you updated as always.