Kontron Supports Solaris 8 OS with Full-size PCI-951 SBC

2/24/2004 - Kontron's PCI-951 full-size single board computer now supports the Sun Solaris 8 operating system. The application range of the board, which hosts up to a 3.06 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 socket 478 processor, is therefore extended to include the area of network computing. The X11 client/server visualization (also known as "X" or "X Window System") is implemented using the XFREE86 open source graphics subsystem. Communication between an X-Server and X-Client takes place both locally and over TCP/IP networks, so that distributed applications are manageable from a single computer. This allows the PCI-951 to be used in the complex computer clusters commonly found in industries such as telecommunications, data communications and medical technology as well as in real time applications. Board support packages for MS-DOS, Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, NT 4.0 and Linux are also available.

With the processing power of the Pentium 4 (or Pentium Celeron), the Intel 845G Chipset and up to 2 GByte of DDR-SDRAM, the PCI-951 is tailored for resource-intensive applications. The dual 10/100 Base-T Ethernet interface makes the board ideal for use in Ethernet based local control networks (e.g. in the factory automation area) as well as in standard computer networks (e.g. in server farms). If faster data throughput is required, the dual Ethernet interface is configurable to 10/100/1000 Base-T by means of a software setting. Further communication options include FireWire, WLAN, Bluetooth and analog modems. The optional serial ATA interface enables the full bandwidth of the board's storage media to be made available to each device attached. Local peripherals are easily connected via the four USB 2.0 interfaces.

The PCI-951 includes interfaces for CompactFlash, floppy disk drive and standard hard drives, 2x COM (1x RS232/RS485/RS422), 1x LPT, audio support and PS/2 for mouse and keyboard. Further connectivity is possible via the miniPCI interface.

The full-size PICMG 1.0 PCI-951 is available now.

A leading global embedded computer technology company, Kontron 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. Kontron employs more than 1,700 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol "KBC." Kontron is a member of the Intel Communications Alliance. For additional information on Kontron, please visit: www.kontron.com.

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