Kontron Rolls Out Modular CompactPCI System for Wall Mounting

9/5/2003 - Kontron Modular Computers (formerly PEP Modular Computers) is proud to announce the availability of its CP-Pocket for wall mounting. The CP-Pocket is a new Box-PC that includes a 566 MHz Intel® Pentium® III processor, 128 MBytes of RAM and three CompactPCI sockets. The unit is ideal for use in machine control applications and in compact servers. The standard version is priced at under 1000.00 EUR.

Unlike other Box-PC systems that are enhanced using ISA- or PCI-based expansion modules, the CP-Pocket is expanded using CompactPCI modules that are easily interchanged by removing a panel on the systems front side. Thus, the exchanging of modules is achieved without the need to remove the entire enclosure. This simplifies system maintenance and configuration. The CP-Pockets three expansion slots provide sufficient flexibility for application-specific enhancement of the system. Kontron provides matching I/O boards for all popular interfaces. These expansion boards are competitively priced in relation to standard ISA and PCI boards and are very simple to install.

Up until now, CompactPCI boards and systems have been used mostly in high-end applications. However, the CP-Pocket offers a high degree of sophistication and investment security that is of particular interest to classic industrial automation applications. This is due to the fact that the entire CPU module and the I/O configuration can be simply exchanged to meet any current or future requirements. Kontron also can supplement the two Ethernet channels found on the processor board by further integrating an Ethernet switch. Thus, the CP-Pocket is optimally equipped for (Industrial) Ethernet communication. Matching the system to an application is simply a matter of using the appropriate modules. The same housing can be further used in new applications as required. Purchasing a CP-Pocket also is an investment in the future life cycles of an application.

The CP-Pockets dimensions are 167x155x210 mm (height x width x depth) i.e.. 28HP / 3U and the standard version includes a 566 MHz Intel® Celeron® processor and a 128 kByte L2 cache. The synchronous 133 MHz DRAM memory (max. 512 MBytes) is attached via a SODIMM socket. The numerous communications options make the CompactPCI computer ideal for use in machine control applications and in compact servers. The integrated CPU board provides 2 USB sockets, 2 COM interfaces, a VGA-CRT and a DVI connector as well as two Ethernet channels, all of which are mounted on the front panel.

The actively cooled system can be operated in ambient temperatures from 0-50 C and it can optionally include a 2.5 HDD or a CompactFlash module for permanent storage. The board includes an E2PROM and over 2 MBytes of flash memory for the storage of BIOS settings and VxWorks boot parameters. Kontron also can provide an extended BIOS to facilitate both Ethernet booting and a pre-boot agent.

The CP-Pocket is currently priced at only 999 Euro. This includes a 566 MHz CP304 CPU board and 128 MBytes of RAM as well as a 75-Watt AC or DC driven power supply. The CP-Pocket will be available beginning October 2003.

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