With its TSN starterkit, Kontron has developed the first marketable TSN extension solution for standard industrial PCs. As a hardware/software upgrade solution for existing PLCs, Box PCs, gateways and industrial servers, it offers easy entry into Time Sensitive Networking. In addition, it facilitates the easy integration of endpoint devices into a TSN network.
The Kontron TSN starterkit’s KBox C-102-2 features a high-performance 6th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor, and Linux operating system with real-time extension. It offers a maintenance-free design without any fans or batteries. This ensures a significantly prolonged lifespan and high system availability. The KBox series' modular structure, based on the standardized COM Express® technology, results in flexible, highly scaleable systems. The KBox C-102-2 also features two PCI slots, one with the pre-installed TSN networking card. With this card, the system provides four additional TSN switched Ethernet ports with 10/100/1000Mbit/s.
The Kontron TSN networking card includes an integrated switch for redundant networks with four gigabit Ethernet ports. It meets all specifications of IEEE 802.1, such as timing and time synchronization, traffic scheduling, frame preemption, and stream reservation protocol. Additional functionality can be integrated through software updates in the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array). With the standard PCI Express® network card and the associated network- and switch drivers for Linux, industrial computers can be connected through redundant ring-, line-, daisy-chain-, or star-shaped TSN networks. The TSN network card is especially suited for rough industrial environments and can be run in industrial temperature ranges from -40 to +85 degrees Celsius.
The software tools include application examples to send TSN pakets, as well as a network analyzer application, which determines and displays them. In addition, the time synchronization via PTP IEEE 802.1AS can be evaluated by means of a simple software tool and a 1- pps sync output.
|Processor||Core™ i5-6442EQ: Quad-Core 1.9 GHz, 4 GByte RAM, 128 GB SSD|
|Network Options||PCIe, 4 Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps ports|
|Operating System||Supported Operating Systems:
- RT Linux Operating System
- BIOS with RT patches
- TSN NIC driver
- TSN switch driver
- PTP4 Linux stack (IEEE802.1AS)
- Startup scripts
- TSN TX sample application
- TSN RX monitoring application
- Ostinato Network traffi c generator
- TSN schedule config. tool
|Power Supply||24 VDC direct input, 230 VAC / 24 VDC adaptor included|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||290 x 155 x 210 mm (11.42” x 6.1” x 8.27”)|
|Operation Temperature||0 °C to +60 °C|
-40 °C to +85 °C (-40 °F to 185 °F)
|Temperature/Humidity||93 % RH at 40 °C, non-condensing (acc. to IEC 60068-2-78)|
KBox C-102-2 TSN Starter Kit
[ tsn-starterkit_20201119_datasheet.pdf, 1.74 MB, Nov.20.2020 ]
Time Sensitive Networking (TSN)
Continuous and transparent real-time communication and networking through OPC UA over TSN
[ kontron_wp_tsn_en_2022.pdf, 5.57 MB, Apr.28.2022 ]
Kontron Services Brochure
[ kontron-services-brochure.pdf, 8.9 MB, Dec.17.2020 ]
All other downloads such as drivers, bios, drawings etc. are available on Kontron’s Customer Section
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