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Kontron unveiled its fanless ThinkIO-Solo embedded IPC and the Debian Linux desktop distribution for ThinkIO-Duo/-Solo at the recent Hannover Fair.

The compact, maintenance-free Kontron embedded IPC ThinkIO-Solo, which measures 70mm in depth and has a 35mm connector level, is equipped with an Intel Celeron M processor clocked at 1.06GHz, 1Gb of RAM, up to 4Gb of soldered internal flash and 512Kb of non-volatile memory.

Both the ThinkIO-Solo and the ThinkIO-Duo comprise an aluminium housing, a Compact Flash socket for adding mass storage, standard PC interfaces and fieldbus options including industrial Ethernet and a modular input/output (I/O) interface option.

The Kontron ThinkIO enables remote access and connection to a company’s IT infrastructure (enterprise resource planning systems and databases) while providing control functionality at the field level.

The interrupt-capable onboard inputs can be used to trigger a rapid response to events, such as the failure of the external 24V power supply when using the optional 10ms hold-up module according to IEC61131-2/severity level PS2 or when traversing an end stop switch.

A watchdog timer and a real-time clock are also included.

At the event, Kontron also expanded the software portfolio for its range of embedded IPCs.

The new Debian desktop distribution, specifically tailored to the Kontron ThinkIO, includes a PC interface, enabling a faster development time.

Packet management software to facilitate upgrading and version control is also included.

The new Debian desktop distribution, in addition to Windows XP Embedded and the real-time Linux cross compile package, gives customers more software options for more flexibility.

The fanless Kontron ThinkIO embedded IPCs are suitable for use in shock- and vibration-prone environments and offer a meantime between failures of more than 22 years in the base variant.

Extended-temperature versions are offered and implemented on a project base.

The Kontron ThinkIO embedded IPCs are said to enable original equipment manufacturers to reduce the time to market since they can build upon an open platform and focus on core competences, such as application software programming and system/portfolio integration.

According to the company, the maintenance-free design reduces the total cost of ownership for end customers.

The Kontron ThinkIO-Solo will be in series production by the third quarter of 2010.

The Linux Desktop distribution is available now.

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