Defense

Military Rugged Boards, Systems & Enclosures

Kontron’s expertise in rugged system enclosure design combined with industry-leading portfolio of application-ready boards and platforms provides military contractors with a best-in-class systems designer under one roof.

  • Expertise in ruggedization, certification, full system integration and total custom solutions.
  • Extended product lifecycle management with long-term support.
  • Largest selection of product hardware available, including rugged COTS boards and platforms for interoperable, standards-based solutions.
  • Strategic partnerships that leverage the latest technology immediately as it’s available (Intel, Freescale, Wind River, etc.)
  • Dedicated military teams located strategically around the globe.

 

Military Systems

Kontron designs and delivers COTS and semi-custom system solutions to military customers – both government and prime contractors. By leveraging a long track-record of engineering excellence, project management and manufacturing capabilities, Kontron provides a unique blend of both COTS and specialized systems design that can be custom-tailored to meet the most demanding requirements of our customers and program partners.

Rugged Enclosures

Kontron has a wide range of rugged enclosures for a variety of applications - in both standard and custom configurations. Rack-mount or ATR form factor, shock-isolated or hardmount, Kontron enclosures are tuned to a variety of shock, vibration and EMI standards, based on operating environment.

Rugged COTS Technology

To fulfill the demanding environment requirements of the defense and other mission-critical markets, Kontron offers the largest product portfolio of application ready-boards, modules and platforms available in the embedded space today; from the long-standing technologies like VME and CompactPCI to the newer VPX and beyond.

 

Kontron inside real-world applications

  • Next-Generation Combat Systems
  • Missile Systems
  • Autonomous Missile Systems
  • Tactical Battlefield Radar
  • Combat Management Systems
  • Battlefield Sensor Systems
  • Military GPS
  • UAVs
  • Communications, Command, Control and Intelligence (C4ISR)

 

Kontron meets the most rigorous embedded system design challenges and SWaP-C requirements for military customers.

High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC)

Kontron has been providing high-end, multiprocessor-based HPEC system for mil-aero applications for years in a variety of architectures, including VME, CompactPCI, ATCA, MicroTCA, and most recently VPX.

With this highly integrated HPEC VPX system, military programs that require high-end processing no longer need to make compromises in terms of performance or are forced to move to proprietary solutions. Kontron is able to match the sizeable speed, resolution and accuracy needs of DSP-based applications with the massive computing horsepower provided.

Products

Rugged Enclosures

Rugged Enclosures

Kontron's rugged enclosures are designed for strength, serviceability, and modularity and offer the newest technologies customers, who deploy systems ...

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Rugged Systems

Rugged Systems

Kontron designs and delivers COTS and semi-custom system solutions to military customers – both the government and prime contractors. Our specialty ...

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VPX

VPX

VPX (VITA 46) is poised to become the successor of VME in all harsh environment applications for the next 20 years.

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CompactPCI Serial Boards & Systems

CompactPCI Serial Boards & Systems

The CompactPCI serial standard is an evolution of the existing PICMG 2.0 specification, which is characterized by serial communications over the backplane. ...

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3U & 6U CompactPCI

3U & 6U CompactPCI

Complete line of 3U and 6U CompactPCI chassis and CPU blades along with a diverse line of plug in CompactPCI boards such as industrial I/O and communications, ...

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3U & 6U VME

3U & 6U VME

Complete line of 3U & 6U VME chassis & CPU boards along with a diverse line of plug in boards such as industrial I/O and communications, MIL-1553B, PCMCIA, ...

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PC/104

PC/104

MOPS PC/104 family present the largest consistent single board family - full accessory re-use is a fact - making easiest up and downgrades very easy and ...

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19" Rackmounts

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Kontrons Premium Series shows improved reliability plus enhanced potential for system integration. Reduce your TCO by making use of the advantages of ...

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AdvancedTCA / AdvancedMC

AdvancedTCA / AdvancedMC

AdvancedTCA (ATCA) is the new standard for telecom applications bringing the features of proprietary architectures and the CompactPCI standard with his ...

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AMC Systems

AMC Systems

AMC Systems are a PICMG standard for open modular systems. They offer extremely high communication bandwidth, high processing capacity, and high availability. ...

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Open Communication Platforms (OCP)

Open Communication Platforms (OCP)

ATCA, AMC, MicroTCA, CRMS | Kontron offers an ample breadth of standardized Application-Ready hardware components and platforms that include 10G and 40G ...

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Capabilities

Semi- & Full Custom Solutions

Kontron brings together a strong set of in-house engineering and manufacturing capabilities, plus an array of specialized product and system designs that can be readily adapted to meet the demands of new programs, applications and emerging technologies.

Whether the requirement is for a standalone chassis, rackmount, portable or custom platform, Kontron can provide a solid foundational design with the flexibility for tailoring the features, performance and cost to any specification. Our expertise includes design and manufacturing of complex rugged system enclosures as well as embedded systems integration for rugged military applications.

Systems Design Practices

All of Kontron’s advanced chassis designs are optimized for both flexible configurability and rugged performance, with a range of choices in each design: from cooling methods to bus/ backplane architectures to processors, I/O and power supplies.

Because of our unique combination of deep COTS expertise and custom design capabilities, Kontron brings a "limitations-free" approach to the Concept phase of every project. As we move into the Design phase, our engineers are able to draw on this broad range of implementation options to tailor an optimal design to meet virtually any complex rugged hardware requirements. Our flexible manufacturing processes, integration and testing capabilities support a smooth transition through prototyping and into the Production phase. This allows Kontron to cost-effectively scale production to meet the needs of any deployment scenario and to provide responsive support throughout the life of the program.

Engineering Capabilities

Our system engineers are experts in thermal management and can use our proven designs as adaptable building blocks to optimize thermal efficiency, power and performance for the most exacting demands. Depending on the specific requirements, we can draw from a range of different design approaches for shock/vibration, noise insulation, security and hot-swap capabilities to tailor all operational parameters and survivability to meet unique program needs.

Systems Integration

Our systems integration services focus specifically on rugged military systems projects. In particular, we handle projects where compliance and long-term endurance are the key factors. We have provided high complexity systems in many projects, ranging from fully integrated systems enclosures to multi-rack systems. Our systems have been qualified on defense platforms, including seaborne (ships, subs), airborne (fixed and rotary wing), UAVs, ground-based (mobile, stationary).

On the enclosure side, we provide standard, semi-custom as well as full custom enclosures. Kontron’s knowledge and experience goes beyond MIL-SPEC’s and DO-160 requirements and design with strength, serviceability, and modularity in mind, offering the newest technologies to our customers, who deploy systems on a wide range of military platforms.

Thermal Management

Increasingly complex military systems are driving increased challenges in integrating effective thermal management methodology. Due to the diversity of requirements, the most optimally designed systems are customized appropriately – addressing performance, cost, reliability needs and development timelines. Therefore, thermal management in particular must be dealt with head-on. Packaging designers first need to determine a system’s thermal calculations and make design decisions accordingly. Selection of the appropriate thermal solution also hinges on selecting a manufacturing partner that is experienced across the range of platforms and form factors who can serve as advisor. Kontron’s full range of thermal management methodologies, supported by a long history of effective and innovative military designs, matches complex needs of designers and applications. Ideally this type of manufacturing partnership provides a significant competitive advantage to designers, where all critical levels of expertise are combined into a single engineering resource.

Exploded view of ruggedized enclosure for backplane-based systems. It is configurable to provide a variety of options for cooling, mounting and external interfaces. Module-based systems also available.

 

This long-term program has benefited from the flexibility of a backplane-based system in a configurable rugged enclosure, but had its starting point as a standard catalog product. Kontron rugged enclosures and systems can be found in daily operation on the many airborne platforms including the Predator UAV, B2, P3 and soon P-8A, as well as other rotary wing, ground mobile, surface ship and subsurface platforms.

Application Stories

Technology still far ahead of reality in Germany - Mobile Computing for the Police

Technology still far ahead of reality in Germany - Mobile Computing for the Police

From a technical standpoint it’s not too much to expect: detectives in an unmarked vehicle key the license plate of the car approaching a house ...

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Full steam ahead for Poland’s railways

Full steam ahead for Poland’s railways

Kontron supplies complete hardware platform based on multiple VME, CompactPCI® and PICMG® 1.3 system configurations for the Siemens Sp zo.o. ...

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Kontron and Azimuth Sharpen the Department of Defense's Stiletto Boat Drug Interdiction

Kontron and Azimuth Sharpen the Department of Defense's Stiletto Boat Drug Interdiction

Azimuth, Incorporated has a long history as a government contractor successfully implementing and integrating the company’s specialty, ruggedized ...

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Flying harvesters - UAV-based environmental monitoring with Kontron Embedded BOX PC as a data logger

Flying harvesters - UAV-based environmental monitoring with Kontron Embedded BOX PC as a data logger

For environmental monitoring of agricultural areas, researchers at CTR Carinthian Tech Research AG have developed an imaging system with multi-spectral ...

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Robust multi-core technology for more accurate and faster mapping of the sea floor

Robust multi-core technology for more accurate and faster mapping of the sea floor

6U CompactPCI multi-core computing technology from Kontron based on the PICMG 2.16 standard enables ATLAS Hydrographic Echosounder to generate more ...

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Single Fastjet Pilot Flies Multiple Aircraft

Single Fastjet Pilot Flies Multiple Aircraft

During March 2007 a series of QinetiQ research activities culminated with a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot successfully controlling multiple unmanned aircraft ...

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Turnkey Platform for Navy

Turnkey Platform for Navy

Modern vessels such as frigate embark many computers. Massively parallel computation is required to process all signals for Radar, Sonar, Optronics, ...

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Unmanned Avionic Surveillance

Unmanned Avionic Surveillance

Unmanned Avionic Vehicle are more and more used in military roles not only in surveillance but also in attacks to avoid human beings in dangerous areas. ...

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Mobile Radar System

Mobile Radar System

Mobile Radar Systems are crucial to the artillery radar team to quickly locate enemy long-range artillery and rocket launcher positions. The system ...

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European GPS Base Station System

European GPS Base Station System

Satellite ground stations combine the requirements of 7/7 uninterrupted operation, many years of field service and the implementation of computers in ...

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Mobile PCs

Mobile PCs

Today‘s land warrior are equipped with high-performance technology in fully-enclosed, light-weight, energy-efficient, durable mobile PCs. For ...

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Digital Signal processing of Airborne Radars

Digital Signal processing of Airborne Radars

Radars, and more sharply Signal Aperture Radars (SAR), digital processing systems needs an association of powerful processing nodes and efficient data ...

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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Kontron has supported Club S.O.N.I.A (Systeme d' Operation Nautique Intelligent et Autonome) from the Ecole de technologie superieure (a Technical ...

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International Space Station

International Space Station

DECLIC is a French generic experiment facility for scientific material research under a micro-gravity environment on board the International Space Station. ...

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Unmanned Avionic Surveillance

Unmanned Avionic Surveillance

Kontron and Florida-based Imperx, a market leader in mobile imaging, have come out with a new proven platform for the imaging industries, also used ...

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Communication with Military Vehicles

Communication with Military Vehicles

Data and voice communications with military vehicles have very specific requirements. Besides "ordinary" functionality, the unit and all of ...

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CompactPCI MilPAC for Otomelara

CompactPCI MilPAC for Otomelara

Kontron has developed together with Otomelara, one of the leading military companies and part of the Finmeccanica group, a rugged portable solution ...

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Visualization for Submarines

Visualization for Submarines

For the use in ships and submarines Kontron has developed a rugged solution that has ultra low radiation capability and is almost noiseless. The system, ...

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ThinkIO in action: Special Applications

ThinkIO in action: Special Applications

Specialists of GCTC (Yu. A. Gagarin Russian State Scientific-Research and Test Centre of Cosmonaut Training) and RTSoft close corporation used ThinkIO ...

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Partnerships

Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500®, is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies.

www.freescale.com

WindRiver

WindRiver provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial measurement and control (IMC), and aerospace/defense markets.

www.windriver.com

MontaVista Software Inc.

MontaVista Software Inc., founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, delivers open-source software solutions for the worldwide embedded software market. MontaVista's principal offering is the Linux® operating system tailored for embedded software applications. The company's Subscription Plans also provide Linux support, porting and customization services to customers worldwide. MontaVista headquarters are in Sunnyvale, Calif., in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

www.mvista.com

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