The COBALT (Computer Brick Alternative) system was released today by Kontron at MILCOM conference.
Kontron’s next-generation COBALT offers a complete, rugged small form factor system that leverages the company’s hardened COM express computer-on-modules (COMs) and optimises the latest Intel x86 architecture.
The Kontron COBALT provides additional tightly-coupled mezzanine features, a ruggedised compact carrier board and System Interface Board (SIB) that give customers increased I/O options to meet specific edge application requirements. This proven modular and flexible platform matches ongoing development demands in applications such as rail transportation, military (ground, ship, avionics, unmanned), commercial avionics, oil and gas, outdoor communications or any where small high-compute platforms are required. The advanced functionality of the next-generation Kontron COBALT will be demonstrated at the Kontron MILCOM booth #1607 at the San Diego Convention Center in California, 18-20 November, 2013.
Meeting severe environment operational demands in many industries, Kontron designed the IP67 chassis to operate reliably in a multitude of conditions including extreme temperatures, shock, vibration and EMI. Powering the Kontron COBALT base system is a 3rd generation Intel dual core-based COM Express Type 6 module that features ECC, rapid shutdown design, and 100% extended temp screening with the option of removable or fixed SSDs and/or fixed mSATA storage.
Windows, Linux and VxWorks operating system and software support packages are also available. The carrier board design maximises the system’s capabilities while minimising its overall size and meeting higher temperature and shock and vibration conditions. The Kontron COBALT is a fanless, fully enclosed system that provides efficient thermal management in a small 5.5inx8.5inx3.5in (139.7mmx215.89mmx88.89mm) form factor weighing less than 5.5lbs (2.5kg).
Kontron will continue to release application-specific profiles of its next-generation COBALT platform through 2014 and can readily support custom configured solutions as well. For more information, please visit the Kontron COBALT product page.
Image: Kontron next-generation COBALT system gives OEMs additional I/O options to meet specific edge application requirements. Photo: courtesy of Kontron.