Kontron Rolls Out Versatile Expandable Mobile IPC for Plant Management

1/5/2004 - Kontron's FW8500 is a mobile PC that has the qualities of an expandable rack system for industrial deployment. The computer has a diverse range of expansion options, yet it remains portable thanks to its compact design. The laptop and workstation hybrid is able to perform complex tasks onsite at industrial plants, such as installation, maintenance and instrumentation. Similar to a rack PC, the FW8500 can accept up to three long or six short PCI expansion cards, which enables it to be adapted to diverse machine interfaces. The combination power supply has both an ac and dc input, so that it's possible to connect the computer directly to 24 VDC onsite power outlets, allowing immediate operation to commence in the local vicinity of machines, with no need for any voltage conversion or any additional external accessories. The FW8500 can be equipped with an optional short-life battery, allowing for an easy change of locations with the computer running and, operation at machine sites where no additional power socket is available. The battery also is useful in plants where large fluctuations in mains power may occur.

The FW8500 has levels of shock resistance, vibration absorption and tolerance to temperature variations that are in accordance with tough military standards. The durable magnesium housing contains a powerful 1.2 GHz Intel® Pentium® III processor and up to 640 MByte of RAM. Data and programs are stored on either a 40 GByte or a 60 GByte hard drive. Two optional slots for removable hard drives are available, so that disk exchanging could be used to log-in to plants with diverse software interfaces, or to backup data.

A floppy and CD-ROM drive are included and a CD burner or a DVD drive can be optionally installed. Standard peripherals can be connected via the parallel, serial, PS/2 and two USB interfaces. A Type I-III PCMCIA card socket and an optional dual PCMCIA module also are included.

A 12.1-inch large TFT screen delivers images at a resolution of 1024x768 pixel. An alternative daylight-readable display is available in the same size, with a resolution of 800x600 pixel. Both Windows XP and Windows 2000 are supported.

About Kontron
Kontron is a global leading embedded computer technology company which supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the communications, automation, transportation, medical, military, aerospace, and test and measurement markets. The company helps its customers to considerably reduce their time-to-market and to gain a competitive advantage with products including high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single-board computers, man-machine interfaces and mobile computers.

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