Increased pre-integrated intelligence for internet-connected things:New Kontron Box-PCs offer sophisticated IoT gateway intelligence
Eching, Germany, June 4, 2014 – Kontron today announced the launch of the new KBox A-201 mini Box-PCs supporting Intel Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things (formerly codenamed Moon Island). In combination with Kontron‘s embedded application programming interface KEAPI, these application-ready machine-to-machine platforms offer IoT gateway intelligence that is highly sophisticated, standardized and easily deployable. OEMs can seamlessly connect their distributed systems via wireless networks such as LTE, GSM or WiFi. A wide range of industrial interfaces supports the integration of both new and existing installations into the Internet of Things. OEMs and operators will benefit from a pre-validated, standards-based platform for capturing, analyzing, and utilizing all the big data that is required today to achieve significant new business advantages.
“The extremely compact KBox A-201mini Box-PCs based on the Intel Atom processor E3800 represent our first system design from our comprehensive roadmap for IoT-enabled devices that support Intel Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things. Together with their extensive interface support towards the field, as well as Kontron‘s standardized embedded application programming interface, engineers can gain really fast and sophisticated entry into the world of IoT connectivity,” explains Jens Wiegand, CTO at Kontron. “Our roadmap also specifies several other fast deployable platforms with Intel Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things including an Intel Quark SoC-based design for very energy-efficient IoT appliances based on pure x86 technology.”
“The Intel Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things, which include the Wind River Intelligent Device Platform XT 2.0 and the McAfee Embedded Control 6.1, enable the development of intelligent gateways, such as the new mini Box-PC from Kontron. These intelligent gateways are critical to extending systems to connect them to next-generation intelligent infrastructures. This technology equips engineers to fully exploit business opportunities enabled by the Internet of Things – and the valuable data it generates,” adds Adam Burns, Director of the IoT Solutions Group at Intel.
The Kontron KBox A-201 mini in detail
The new Kontron KBox A-201 mini Box-PCs come in a modular design based on the SMARC form factor standard and feature the Intel Atom processor E3800 product family and up to 8 gigabytes of ECC memory. For local data acquisition, the new mini Box-PCs offer a broad range of industrial interfaces such as 2x Gbit Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, as well as an optional CAN bus and/or Profibus interface, whereas legacy installations benefit from two serial interfaces (RS232/485). For wireless connection to the cloud or the local network, the Kontron K-Box A-201 mini can be equipped with LTE (4G) and GSM (2G/3G) or WiFi. Three external antenna connectors enable high signal quality. The integrated SSD with up to 64 gigabytes capacity offers rugged as well as fast storage capacity for OS and data. An integrated TPM for increased data security rounds off the feature set. All these features come in a maintenance-free design in Kontron ‘wartungsfrei’ quality and an extremely compact footprint of only 56,8 mm x 150 mm x 95 mm (H x W x D) . For information on further interfaces and customization options, please visit the Kontron KBox A-201 mini Box-PC product website.
Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology and a Premier member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. With more than 44% of its employees in research and development, Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world’s embedded computing platforms. Kontron‘s product longevity, local engineering and support, and value-added services, help create a sustainable and viable embedded solution for OEMs and system integrators. Kontron works closely with its customers on their embedded application-ready platforms and custom solutions, enabling them to focus on their core competencies. The result is an accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership and an improved overall application with leading-edge, highly-reliable embedded technology.
Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol “KBC”. For more information, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/
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