Slimline 1U 19inch servers are fully industrialised

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At the SPS/IPC/Drives show in Nuremberg (27-29 November 2007), Kontron will be in hall 7, booth 306, to unveil the new Kontron Industrial Silent Server 19inch, 1U server family - known as KISS-1U. Kontron says its new slimline KISS-1U is one of the quietest, fastest and most compact high-availability servers for long-lifecycle applications under harsh conditions.

With its extremely low installation height of 44mm, the Kontron KISS-1U server is particularly attractive for densely packed, rugged server applications that require long-term availability. Flexibility in the choice of processors, drives and expansions enables customisation for applications in industrial automation, process control, high-speed image processing, medical technology, defence engineering, transportation and building control technology.

The quiet (<35 dBA) server combines multi-core performance with low power consumption and high availability. It is equipped with a PICMG 1.3 SHB slot and can accommodate up to two client-specific PCI extension cards. Future extension options include support for PEG/x16 and PCIe x4. Other PIGMG 1.x variants are available upon request. This flexibility in a compact server design makes the KISS-1U useful for customised industrial server applications.

Performance for the first available Kontron KISS-U1 is supplied by the mobile Intel Core Duo and Intel Core 2 Duo processors up to the T7400 processor (2 x 2.16GHz) and a thermal design power of only 31W. The Intel 945GM chipset, up to 4 Gbytes of DDR2-SDRAM, and a 800MHz FSB add to the performance. While shock and vibration protection for the internal 3.5inch HDD and the flexibility of two full-size 32-bit PCI slots make the low-maintenance KISS-1U server suitable for robust applications.

In addition to its internal 3.5inch HDD, the Kontron KISS-1U server has enough space to accommodate another 3.5inch HDD or two 2.5inch HDDs, also shock and vibration protected. The optional KISS Stor Slim RAID 1 sub-system provides enhanced data safety via two 2.5inch HDDs in a single, hot swappable carrier. Connection is via a single SATA cable and one power cable for minimum hassle and easy maintenance. The first standard configuration of the Kontron KISS-1U server also comes with a slim DVD drive option as well as three Gbit Ethernet, six USB 2.0 interfaces and one VGA interface. The PSU with controlled fan has optional 24V DC and 48V DC for direct connection to industrial power grids.

50,000 hours MTBF

The server's two temperature-controlled, extremely quiet fans are hot-swappable for reduced downtime and higher availability. Together with the shock and vibration protection for the server's HDDs and PCI slots, they contribute to the KISS-1U server's impressive MTBF which is specified as 50,000 hours (approximately 5.7 years continuous operation). System reliability is enhanced while availability is increased with the optional Kontron PC Condition Monitoring system (PCCM) that remotely and continuously monitors the status of the Kontron KISS-1U server. Critical system conditions such as the fan speed, HDD parameters and system voltages are monitored. Any potential problems are then reported via SMS, email or Internet to the system administrator before the failure of individual components, thereby guaranteeing high availability and low maintenance costs.

At 18inches deep, the Kontron KISS-1U server is shallow enough to provide additional space for cable installations inside racks. The closable front cover also offers IP20 protection. The Kontron KISS-1U systems are designed for continuous operation, they are CE-certified and are also designed to meet UL standards.

The high-availability Kontron KISS-1U servers support Windows XP/Vista and are available as standard systems from November 2007. Kontron KISS-1U servers can also be customised as needed to be delivered as tested and independently certified systems. As usual with Kontron products, the KISS-1U servers come with five years minimum availability. For more information, visit

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