Claiming it represents a new breed of embedded computing modules, for use in a wide range of OEM devices, board-level computer maker Kontron Mobile Computing (KMBC--- Eden Prairie, Minn.) has started discussing a new ruggedized module system.
Dubbed an embedded computing module (ECM), it targets OEMs as a "building block." Kontron claims its small form-factor ECM represents a "new class" of embedded computers, with control boards housed in a secure module that can be combined with other technologies within larger systems.
Meets Some MIL Standards.
Measuring 6.5 x 4 x 1.8-inches in size, the Kontron ECM will be small enough to be embedded into wearable systems, the company claims. With MIL-Std-certified packaging, it will also be rugged enough for military and industrial environments.
Those factors should go a long way to make this module appeal to OEMs designing MIL systems using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products. "We're responding to the emerging need for smaller, lighter, rugged platforms that can be integrated into a variety of OEM configurations, from rack mounts to in-vehicle, wearable, and custom packages," confirms Brian Malmberg, the company's VP of sales.
Pentium-Based and Network-Aware
When it debuts, Kontron's ECM hardware will sport a 1.7-GHz Pentium M microprocessor, a Gbyte of DDR RAM, and a gig of cache. Significantly, it will also integrate IEEE-802.11b wireless networking hooks.
Standard hardware features include a removable hard disk drive (40 Gbytes to 60 Gbytes in capacity), and a docking connector for managing I/O devices, including the full PCI bus.
Kontron says its ECM will be available early next year, but the company invites developers to contact it by telephone right now (dial 888-343-5396).
No pricing has yet been revealed.
Visit the company's Web site for related product information and bulletins. Or, contact company HQ at Kontron America, 6260 Sequence Dr., San Diego, Calif. 92121-4371. Phone: (888) 294-4558. Fax: (858) 677-0898.