Kontron’s new KBox B-201 embedded PC runs Yocto-based Linux or Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB. This compact PC is powered by 7th Gen Intel Core “Kaby Lake” processors. The main highlighted features of this rugged system are its compact, 190 x 190 x 60mm, 2 kg footprint, its “silent” (less than 34 dB) fan, and its multiple storage and mounting options. This Mini-ITX based computer is designed for image processing, plant data collection, as well as Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) in the automation pyramid.
The KBox B-201 can be powered by the quad-core, 3.6GHz Core i7-7700 or 3.4GHz Core i5-7500, both with 65W TDP as well as the dual-core, 3.9GHz Core i3-7101E with 54W TDP. They all ship with Intel HD Graphics 630 and an Intel Q170 Express chipset. 6th Gen “Skylake” Core chips are available on request.
The KBox B-201 can support up to 32GB DDR4-2400 RAM and store data via max three SATA III connections. There’s a 2.5-inch SSD bay, which is user accessible from the bottom of the unit, as well as an M.2 2242 slot. A half- or full-size mSATA connection is optional. Dual GbE ports are on board along with a mini-PCIe slot for wireless and peripheral expansion. Up to three displays are supported via dual DisplayPort 1.2 ports and a single DVI-D port.
The KBox B-201 is provided with 6x USB 3.0 ports, with 2x front-facing, as well as 4x USB 2.0 ports. There is also an RS232 serial port, audio I/O, and PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports. TPM V2.0 is available along with optional Kontron Approtect security solution built around a Wibu-Systems security chip.
Supported temperature range is 0 to 45°C. The system offers extensive rugged exterior. Manufactured with “continuously hot-dip zinc coated mild steel sheet” per EN10215 guidelines, the computer offers vibration resistance of 5-500 Hz, 1G acc. (per IEC 60068-2-6) and shock resistance of half sine, 15g, 11ms acc. (per IEC 60068-2-27). Altitude and humidity endurance are also notable.
The KBox B-201 ships with a 90 to 264 VAC external power supply. The system can be mounted vertically on a supplied stand or can be fixed directly behind a monitor using optional VESA mounting.