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Kontron data server turns vehicles into mobile server centers

Posted: 04 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cvx? kontron? mobile data server? pentium m? processor?

CVX, Kontron's next-generation mobile data server, is equipped with an Intel 1.7GHz Mobile Pentium M processor. This innovative, modularly-constructed mobile computing system is specially developed for use in public and private vehicles. Possible applications include real-time data acquisition and transmission in police, fire and rescue service vehicles, as well as public safety vehicles of all kinds.

According to the company, expansion options of its new mobile data server are impressive. Besides standard interfaces such as 3x COM, VGA, LAN, FireWire IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0, the CVX also has a CompactFlash slot, a free Mini-PCI slot (for integrated 802.11g WLAN), and a half-size PCI slot. This modularity enables the user or OEM to convert the box or embedded system into a digital video recorder (DVR), for example, or adapt it to any other application. The removable hard disk ensures data security. An optional CD-ROM or DVD drive can be installed in place of the PCI slot.

With its tripartite, modular and space-saving design, the CVX allows placement of the monitor and keyboard close to the user, while the server is stowed away in the luggage space, under the seat, in a storage space, or another area outside of the passenger compartment. The key specifications of the CVX include the 1.7GHz Intel Pentium M processor, 40GB swappable hard drive (expandable to 80GB), 512MB DRAM (upgradeable to 1GB), and 32MB graphics DRAM.

The monitor options for the LVDS port include a 1,400 nit 12.1-inch touchscreen or a 1,200 nit 10.4-inch touchscreen, both with 800 x 600 SGVA resolution. Kontron's resistive matrix touchscreens were developed so that they remain functional even if they are damaged. A second monitor with a different resolution can be connected parallel to the LVDS monitor via the VGA output. A full-size keyboard with an airtight mouse and eight-level background lighting for use in twilight or darkness further enhance the user-friendly features.

The CVX server meets the Mil-Std 810F standards for shock, vibration and temperature resistance. Its robust and modular aluminum construction offers protection for the internal subsystems. The fanless cooling system allows operating temperatures between -15C and 60C. An optional heatable hard drive is available for colder regions. Operating system support is offered for Windows 2000 Professional and XP Pro.

- Henri Arnold

Electronics Express Europe


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