KISS Leads Kontron to Industrial Silent Multifunctional IPC Servers

5/10/2004 - Kontron is proud to announce Kontron the Industrial Silent Server (KISS), an umbrella term for its new IPC servers. KISS represents a multitude of dedicated industrial computers, which due to their modular construction are available as fully customizable units or as off-the-shelf standard systems. The KISS system has been designed with flexibility in mind and can accommodate PICMG 1.0, PICMG 1.2, ATX and Dual Xeon/64-bit based motherboards, all in a chassis that can be used as a tower, desktop or 19" rack mounted cabinet.

The main attraction of KISS servers is their extremely low noise level, which is inaudible against normal conversation. KISS IPC servers are thus ideal for most noise-sensitive environments such as hospital operating theaters and computer server rooms. The performance and maximum configuration of KISS servers are based on Kontron's extensive range of CPU boards and backplanes, which allows them to be adapted to meet a very wide range of requirements. KISS servers based on the new PICMG 1.2 standard enable exciting applications to be realized since they allow both the PCI 32 Bit/ 33 MHz and PCI-X 66 Bit/133 MHz internal busses to operate in parallel and independently of each other.

The front flap on all systems is lockable and provides protection according to the IP20 rating. The flap conceals three 5.25-inch and two 3.5-inch shockproof bays for (removable) hard drives as well as a Slimbay, which are all accessible from the front panel. Therefore, RAID applications with up to four integrated hot swappable hard drives are easily realized. A further 3.5-inch bay is available internally. The integrated fans are hot swappable. Depending on the board configuration, the internal power supply is either a 300 W AC (ATX) or a 350 W AC/DC (PICMG) type and the speed of the power supply cooling fan is controllable.

KISS systems have been designed for continuous operation and they are to be available for at least the next five years. In addition to being CE certified, they are also suitable for integration in systems that require UL certification. The specified shock resistance is 15 g for 11 ms measured along six axes and the MTBF is 50,000 hours.

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:

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