V Panel: Kontron's new Panel PC with CANopen, CAN, DeviceNet or Profibus

Cost-effective Field Bus Connection for Fanless HMI

Houston, October 17, 2006 – Today at the opening of the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society’s Expo in Houston, Kontron introduced the Kontron V Panel, a fanless, high-performance, in-panel format Human Machine Interface system. The Kontron V Panel offers connections for CANopen, CAN, DeviceNet or Profibus directly on board for a cost-effective connection of the most common field buses.

The core computer of the modular Kontron V Panel is based on Kontron’s ETX® technology. This enables scalable CPU performance up to Intel® Pentium® M 1.1GHz to deliver high performance with low power consumption and favorable thermal characteristics. An innovative, integrated cooling design allows passive, fanless cooling with maximum processor performance. Display dimensions from 10.4- to 19-inches are available. In addition, up to 112 freely programmable function buttons and 16 special buttons can be integrated into the display frame, depending on the display size. The system is also available in a stainless steel version.

A variety of interface options, such as four serial ports, three USB ports (front and rear), 2 x PS/2, 1 x LPT, plus LAN 10/100 and LAN 100/1000 Base-TX, make it easy to adapt the systems to customer requirements. Two free PCI slots and an optional PCMCIA slot are available for expansion. An integrated watchdog and power management functions complete the package. The 100 percent industrial-grade HMI has a maximum RAM of 1024MB and Compact Flash up to 2GB; and can optionally be equipped with a hard drive.

Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, as well as Linux and Embedded Linux operating systems are supported.

The Kontron V Panel Series systems are thin-client or stand-alone, compact, high performance HMIs for demanding industrial applications. Optimal shock, vibration and temperature resistance, as well as increased resistance to EMC conditions are standard. In addition, Kontron guarantees long-term availability for a minimum of five years.

About Kontron
A global leader in embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators, and application providers in the automation, test and measurement, communications, medical, gaming and entertainment, military, aerospace, transportation, and energy markets. The company helps its customers considerably reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage with products including: high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, human-machine interfaces, and mobile rugged computers and displays. Kontron employs more than 2,300 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". Kontron is a Premier member in the Intel ® Communications Alliance which means earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support. For additional information on Kontron, please visit www.kontron.com.

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Richard Pugnier
Manager, Marketing Communications
Kontron America

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Cliff Moon
Product Marketing Manager, Systems
Kontron America

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