Compact and Rugged addition to KISS family

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Compact and Rugged addition to KISS familyKontron has unveiled a new industrial silent server, the KISS-2U, which will be first presented at SPS/IPC/Drives show in Nuremberg, Germany. This latest addition to the KISS family of products offers a compact solution for harsh environments.

Features of the KISS-2U include an especially low installation height (88.90 mm), extremely quiet (< 35 dBA), scalable as desired, RoHS-compatible, long-term availability and ruggedized. KISS-2U features PICMG 1.3 and PICMG 1.0 slotboards or Flex-ATX motherboards and are accordingly expandable in an especially flexible fashion, up to Multi-Core and PCI-Express-based systems. PICMG 1.x configurations with up to five expansion cards are packed especially close, thus space-saving. Two expansion cards are possible in the standard design with Flex-ATX motherboards. The system and all components come from our company and are "Made in Germany". The KISS-2U servers are used in harsh environmental conditions in automation industry as well as in the OEM markets for oil and gas, mining, railway transportation, test & measurement, image processing and medical technology. The KISS-2U is guaranteed availability for at least five years.

In both the Flex-ATX and PICMG 1.3 designs, the KISS-2U servers offer performance currently up to IntelŪ CoreTM Duo T2600 or Intel Core Solo T1400, Intel 945GM chipset, 533MHz FSB and up to 4GB DDR2 main storage. Intel Core Duo processors offer up to twice as much performance in comparison to IntelŪ PentiumŪ M processors at a given GHz clock rate and with as little as 31 watts especially low power input. The Intel Core Duo also allows two processes to be reliably executed in parallel and without processor-interdependencies.

With the Flex-ATX configuration, 2x Gbit Ethernet, 6x USB 2.0, 4x RS232C, 2x IEEE1394 and audio are designed as interfaces on the back. On the front, 2x USB 2.0 are available. As expansion options, 1x PCIe-x1 and 1x PCI can be used. With the PICMG 1.3 configuration, the potential expansion options increase to PCIeX16, 1x PCIeX1 (or in the future 1x PCIeX4) and 3x PCI.

The hard drive access in every configuration is SATA-quick and especially secure thanks to on-board RAID support (RAID 0/1/5/10). A 5.25-inch slot accessible from the front and two internal 3.5-inch slots that are both shock-proof offer sufficient space for hard drives or other modules. Two temperature-controlled, extremely quiet, hot-swappable fans facilitate the rare service for the extremely robust and shock-resistant systems whose MTBF is specified as 50,000 hours (~ 5.7 years continuous operation).

The chassis for the KISS system is designed either for the desktop or for installation in 19-inch cabinets. It has a closable front cover that offers IP20 protection. The KISS systems are designed for continuous operation and are CE-certified and UL-suitable.

KISS-2U servers will be available directly from the warehouse as standard systems starting in January 2007 or customized as needed and delivered as tested and independently certified solutions in their entirety.

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