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Kontron (Germany) has announced the launch of the K-Box A-201 mini box PC. It supports Intel (Germany) gateway solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).

A picture of the product is not published yet (Photo: Kontron)

THE BOX PC COMES IN A DESIGN BASED ON THE SO CALLED SMARC form factor. It features the Intel Atom processor E3800 product series as well as up to 8 GiB of ECC memory. For local data acquisition, the device offers a range of industrial interfaces such as 2x Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, as well as an optional CAN network and/or Profibus, whereas legacy installations benefit from two serial interfaces (RS232/485). For wireless connection to the cloud or the local network, the product can be equipped with LTE (4 G) and GSM (2 G/3 G) or WiFi. Three external antenna connectors enable the signal quality. The integrated SSD with up to 64 GiB offers storage capacity for OS and data.
An integrated TPM for increased data security is also provided. The product comes in the company’s so called 'wartungsfrei' quality, which includes a fan-less, battery free and soldered memory (memory down) conception. This makes the device suitable for the industrial environment. The product comes in a 56,8 mm x 150 mm x 95 mm aluminum housing, weighs 1 kg and provides a operating temperature of -40 °C to +75 °C.

In combination with Kontron's embedded application programming interface Keapi, these application-ready machine-to-machine platforms offer IoT gateway intelligence that is sophisticated, standardized and deployable. OEMs can connect their distributed systems via wireless networks such as LTE, GSM or WiFi. A range of industrial interfaces, such as CAN, support the integration of new and existing installations into the Internet of Things. OEMs and operators will benefit from a platform for capturing, analyzing, and utilizing all the big data that is required to achieve business advantages.

A picture of the product is not published yet (Photo: Kontron)

"The extremely compact K-Box A-201 mini box Pc’s 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.

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