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|Kontron’s expertise in rugged system enclosure design combined with industry-leading portfolio of application-ready boards and platforms provides military contractors with a best-in-class systems designer under one roof.|
Kontron designs and delivers COTS and semi-custom system solutions to military customers – both government and prime contractors. By leveraging a long track-record of engineering excellence, project management and manufacturing capabilities, Kontron provides a unique blend of both COTS and specialized systems design that can be custom-tailored to meet the most demanding requirements of our customers and program partners.
Kontron has a wide range of rugged enclosures for a variety of applications - in both standard and custom configurations. Rack-mount or ATR form factor, shock-isolated or hardmount, Kontron enclosures are tuned to a variety of shock, vibration and EMI standards, based on operating environment.
Rugged COTS Technology
To fulfill the demanding environment requirements of the defense and other mission-critical markets, Kontron offers the largest product portfolio of application ready-boards, modules and platforms available in the embedded space today; from the long-standing technologies like VME and CompactPCI to the newer VPX and beyond.
Kontron inside real-world applications
Kontron meets the most rigorous embedded system design challenges and SWaP-C requirements for military customers.
High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC)
Kontron has been providing high-end, multiprocessor-based HPEC system for mil-aero applications for years in a variety of architectures, including VME, CompactPCI, ATCA, MicroTCA, and most recently VPX.
With this highly integrated HPEC VPX system, military programs that require high-end processing no longer need to make compromises in terms of performance or are forced to move to proprietary solutions. Kontron is able to match the sizeable speed, resolution and accuracy needs of DSP-based applications with the massive computing horsepower provided.
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COTS Products and Solutions for: » Land » Sea » Air
ATCA, CRMS, MicroTCA/AMC, and M2M product updates plus market insights of COTS computing for the 4G LTE EPC, Content Delivery, and Carrier Cloud computing segments.
AMC/MicroTCA, CompactPCI, CompactPCI serial, VPX and VME products at a glance
3U & 6U Single Board Computers, VPX Switch & PMC/XMC/FMC carriers, Turnkey Systems
Kontron`s latest Product Highlights
Pico-ITX 2.5", Mini-ITX to full size ATX, PC/104, Computer-on-Modules
PART 1: Deploying Ruggedized Systems in Unmanned Military Vehicles for Advanced Air-Sea-Land Applications. An Overview of the Challenges, Constraints & Opportunities In the Military’s Most Demanding Environments.
PART 2: Implementation Methods & Key Factors for Success: Designing, Integrating and Deploying COTS/Custom Computing Platforms.
Complex & demanding military applications elevate thermal issues for designers
Data package size matters
Choosing Design Options Requires Skill, Real-World Expertise and a Critical Focus on Data Points Relevant to Application and Environment
PCI Express Switch Fabric for High Performance Embedded Computing
Learn why VPX has a bright future in the defense arena, considered by many as next-generation VME.
ATCA and MicroTCA are finding opportunities in military applications where performance and bandwidth are high priorities.
Learn why MicroTCA is a powerful design option in harsh environments.
Dirk Finstel, Kontron CTO talks about OpenVPX
New approaches to shock and vibration suppression are opening new solutions for system developers.
Deploying ruggedized platforms for unmanned vehicles. COTS-based technologies and associated thermal management wares are helping to arm.....
Fabric spped and I/O bandwidth: Performance for next-generation military systems
Technology upgrades are leveraging VPX, CompactPCI and x86-based VME to minimize redesign, increase performance and reduce footprint.
Form factors such as CompactPCI, VME and VPX provide solutions for today’s ever growing demands for high-bandwidth data movement in military systems. PCI Express and Ethernet provide the fabric interconnects that bring it all together.
There are distinct differences between the embedded computing form factors that have gained the most traction in the defense market. But the top choices have achieved a level of acceptance that’s particularly important to military system designs.
UAV Applications challenge the limits of embedded computing technologies .
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500®, is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies.
WindRiver provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial measurement and control (IMC), and aerospace/defense markets.
MontaVista Software Inc.
MontaVista Software Inc., founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, delivers open-source software solutions for the worldwide embedded software market. MontaVista's principal offering is the Linux® operating system tailored for embedded software applications. The company's Subscription Plans also provide Linux support, porting and customization services to customers worldwide. MontaVista headquarters are in Sunnyvale, Calif., in the heart of the Silicon Valley.
Kontron’s performance-per-watt champion for low-power class of CompactPCI® systems features Intel® Atom™ E3800 processors
Kontron CP3010-SA boosts the performance of the low-power class of CompactPCI® systems without exceeding thermal budgets
Kontron next-generation COBALT system gives OEMs additional I/O options to meet specific edge application requirements
Next-generation system offers dramatically enhanced processing capability, multiple advanced I/O features in a smaller highly rugged form factor
Kontron offers rapid shutdown circuitry in latest extended temp, high-performance COM Express® module
Designed for harsh environments, new COMs provide increased processing, graphics performance and advanced features at an improved performance/power ratio
Single Fastjet Pilot Flies Multiple Aircraft
During March 2007 a series of QinetiQ research activities culminated with a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot successfully controlling multiple unmanned aircraft from the cockpit of a Tornado military jet. For this series of flight trials, QinetiQ’s sophisticated control software was hosted on a dedicated Kontron platform comprising a mix of standard, off-the-shelf boards based on 3U CompactPCI® and VME embedded computing form factors as well as Kontron industrial servers.
Technology still far ahead of reality in Germany - Mobile Computing for the Police
Kontron and Azimuth Sharpen the Department of Defense's Stiletto Boat Drug Interdiction
systems and software from Azimuth have weathered them all without fail.
Flying harvesters - UAV-based environmental monitoring with Kontron Embedded BOX PC as a data logger
International Space Station
DECLIC is a French generic experiment facility for scientific material research under a micro-gravity environment on board the International Space Station. Experiments are inserted in the facility and can be exchanged with inserts from other scientific teams. The facility is a co-operative project of CNES-NASA and under contract run by EADS Space Transportation. The University of Amsterdam-IDEAS UvA b.v. designed the thermal control electronics, containing a Kontron CompactPCI Pentium board, and two experiment containers. A second Kontron CompactPCI board is located in the data handling hardware section.
ThinkIO in action: Special Applications
Specialists of GCTC (Yu. A. Gagarin Russian State Scientific-Research and Test Centre of Cosmonaut Training) and RTSoft close corporation used ThinkIO controllers in development of a simulator mobile computing system (MCS) for International space station (ISS) crew prelaunch training
Today‘s land warrior are equipped with high-performance technology in fully-enclosed, light-weight, energy-efficient, durable mobile PCs. For several generations, these ”brick” PC have been based on computer-on-module solutions from Kontron‘s ETX and COM Express™ families of products. Whether the need is for continually updated terrain maps, communication, or access to other on-the-fly data, off-the-shelf computer-on-modules and customized carrier boards deliver what the warrior on-the-go needs, when it‘s needed.
Mobile Radar System
Mobile Radar Systems are crucial to the artillery radar team to quickly locate enemy long-range artillery and rocket launcher positions. The system technology features include high-speed computing, automatic target recognition, computer-based decision aids and high-speed networks.
Kontron’s 6U VME PowerPC boards are part of major Mobile Radar Systems programs. While being available in rugged conduction cooled for the harshest environments and providing very high Digital Signal Processing performance, the Kontron’s 6U VME Computing Nodes computers are the right choice for this sort of applications.
European GPS Base Station System
Satellite ground stations combine the requirements of 7/7 uninterrupted operation, many years of field service and the implementation of computers in some odd places on the globe. Kontron VME Integrated Platforms have been selected to be the heart of the future European GPS system ground stations. The eleven 6U VME x86 board Platform processes the ultra precise clock signals which give this positioning system its outstanding precision. Turn-key computers have been delivered to multiple partners of the program. They operate under Linux or a certifiable version of a Real-Time O.S.
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Turnkey Platform for Navy
Modern vessels such as frigate embark many computers. Massively parallel computation is required to process all signals for Radar, Sonar, Optronics, Electronic warfare applications called High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC). Kontron PowerPC systems have been selected to power the most modern Frigates in the European fleets. The delivery of pre-certified turn-key Kontron platforms with rich software stacks give the equipment integrators a quicker path to application development and provide the assurance of long term support at the computer level for all this major ship equipment.
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Unmanned Avionic Surveillance
Unmanned Avionic Vehicle are more and more used in military roles not only in surveillance but also in attacks to avoid human beings in dangerous areas. The UAV are pre-programmed to carry out fully autonomous missions and can be redirected in flight by the operator on the ground. The Kontron’s 6U VME PowerNode5 has been chosen in THALES UAV major program by fitting all the high requirements while offering high speed RapidIO switch fabric and dual 970FX processing powerful necessary for Digital Signal Processing.
Digital Signal processing of Airborne Radars
Radars, and more sharply Signal Aperture Radars (SAR), digital processing systems needs an association of powerful processing nodes and efficient data interfaces to sustain both the high throughput data flows delivered by the sensors and computing nodes. In airborne application, the constraints of minimum of weight, high temperature of operation, as well as immunity to shocks and vibrations are added to the intrinsec performance in signal processing. The Kontron‘s 6U VME PowerNode5 has been chosen both in UAV major program and in the Rafale fighter by fitting all the high requirements while offering market standard RapidIO high speed switch fabric and dual PowerPC970FX processing powerful necessary for Digital Signal Processing.
Communication with Military Vehicles
Data and voice communications with military vehicles have very specific requirements. Besides "ordinary" functionality, the unit and all of its components which are placed inside the vehicles have to fulfill very specific temperature ranges as well as high shock and vibration resistance.
Providing a software operating platform, which is not used anymore in today's markets, but still validated for the military standards, was a must. Kontron engineers succeeded in finding missing pieces in the world wide web community, modifying, adapting, and testing, within a few weeks.
6U CPCI Products
Unmanned Avionic Surveillance
Kontron and Florida-based Imperx, a market leader in mobile imaging, have come out with a new proven platform for the imaging industries, also used in Unmanned Avionic Vehicles. Based on Kontron’s 3.5" CPU board JRex-PM with an Intel® Pentium® M processor and the Imperx FrameLink- JFLEX™ card, this ready-to-use bundle can be installed by providers of image analysis solutions as well as OEMs and systems integrators in machines and systems. The extremely robust and reliable bundle is currently being used in US Navy Unmanned Avionic Vehicles (UAV) purposes and other governmental entities for surveillance and homeland security purposes.
Visualization for Submarines
For the use in ships and submarines Kontron has developed a rugged solution that has ultra low radiation capability and is almost noiseless. The system, which is based on industrial motherboard technology, is used for visualization and frame grabbing purpose. The HMI also easily adjusts to the extreme light conditions in a submarine. This fully custom product is meant to operate under extreme conditions and withstand salt water and salt fog without any problems. It is already used in various Navy Forces.
Robust multi-core technology for more accurate and faster mapping of the sea floor
6U CompactPCI multi-core computing technology from Kontron based on the PICMG 2.16 standard enables ATLAS Hydrographic Echosounder to generate more detailed and more accurat bathymetric maps at a faster rate