Ever-increasing computational, sensor and bandwidth defense system demands combine with shrinking budgets and deployment schedules to task developers to do more with less. Working with Kontron, defense contractors can depend on global supplier of feature-rich and technically advanced solutions achieved through decades of experience engineering rugged, high performance mission-critical computers. Satisfying the most demanding defense computing requirements, Kontron excels at delivering COTS application-ready platforms and customized systems specifically designed to accelerate time to market. Kontron is also a driving force enabling real world, end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, which play a key role in securing, connecting and managing disparate devices for increased intelligence.
KONTRON INNOVATIVELY MEETS HARSH ENVIRONMENT RELIABILITY/SURVIVABILITY AND SWaP-C REQUIREMENTS WITH SCALABLE AND LONG-LIFE COTS PLATFORMS THAT ADDRESS BUDGET LIMITATIONS.
Kontron offers the industry’s largest selection of military computing hardware solutions including application-ready COTS boards and platforms and rugged enclosures. Partnering with Kontron, defense contractors have access to the full breadth of our rugged computing expertise:
High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC)
Kontron’s high performance embedded computing (HPEC) systems finally give military developers the advanced rugged architectures that balance processor power with I/O bandwidth to meet these needs. As COTS, standards-based multi-core platforms, Kontron’s state of the art products include the 3U StarVX based on nextgeneration Intel® processors offer leading edge DSP performance and future proof APIs for sensor data processing applications. Kontron highly-integrated HPEC systems enable compute-intensive military systems to benefit from:
Kontron inside real-world applications
Kontron designs and delivers COTS and semi-custom system solutions to military customers – both the government and prime contractors. Our specialty ...
ANSI-VITA46 VPX is the widely used standard for cost-effective 10Gb Ethernet and PCI-Express networked systems as well as for Rugged and Long Life Cycle ...
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, ...
The CompactPCI serial standard is an evolution of the existing PICMG 2.0 specification, which is characterized by serial communications over the backplane. ...
ATCA, AMC, MicroTCA, CRMS | Kontron offers an ample breadth of standardized Application-Ready hardware components and platforms that include 10G and 40G ...
COBALT™ 901 | 400 Series (coming soon)
The highly scalable COBALT™ product family is based on the COMe Type 6 module form factor module (Type 6) with a specialized carrier board assembly. The compact footprint ...more
The Kontron DARC™ VX108 is a very high performance embedded computing platform based on VPX technology designed for tough SWaP constrained missions. The combination of its sealed ...more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roboteam - Creating an "A-Team"
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Technology still far ahead of reality in Germany - Mobile Computing for the Police
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Kontron and Azimuth Sharpen the Department of Defense's Stiletto Boat Drug Interdiction
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Robust multi-core technology for more accurate and faster mapping of the sea floor
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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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
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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. ...more
Communication with Military Vehicles
Data and voice communications with military vehicles have very specific requirements. Besides "ordinary" functionality, the unit and all of ...more
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 ...more
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
Wind River®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel® Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a global leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things. The company has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 2 billion products. Wind River offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for addressing the system-level challenges and opportunities of IoT that is backed by world-class global professional services, award-winning customer support, and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River delivers the software and expertise that enable the innovation and deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems.www.windriver.com
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