Kontron’s new MICROSPACE MPCX60 vehicle computers incorporate cellular connectivity and highly flexible design to interconnect a multitude of task specific local interfaces.

At Innotrans in Berlin, Germany, 18-21 September 2012, Kontron is launching a new on-board computer to bring buses, commerical vehicles, mobile construction, agricultural and industrial machinery to the cloud. With the application-ready cellular connectivity, the flexible processor options and variable I/O interfaces, the rugged Kontron vehicle computers MICROSPACE MPCX60 can be used for a multitude of widely differing tasks in public transport vehicles, fleet management and commercial vehicle control systems.

Kontron’s new vehicle computers are scalable with different low-power processors and offer industry-standard PCI/104-Express or CompactPCI expansion slots for a variety of interface extensions. This provides the highest degree of customisation options to help meet OEM specifications. At the same time, all common on-board vehicle computer interfaces are available off-the-shelf, including GPS, GSM, WLAN and CAN and other serial interfaces. Solutions such as passenger infotainment and passenger safety systems can be quickly realised as fleet management systems including connections to the complete commercial vehicle electronics.

Designed as a rugged, in-vehicle computer, the Kontron MICROSPACE MPCX60 Box-PC has the ECE type approval (E1) for use in buses and commercial vehicles, as well as, agricultural and forestry working vehicles. The wide-range power supply is designed for industrial battery voltages from 12 to 48 Volts. The system design is fanless and shock and vibration-resistant, suitable for the coniditions of the railroad traffic, automotive and mobile machinery sectors.

Customer-specified extension options

The new Kontron vehicle computers MICROSPACE MPCX60 are equipped with an Intel Atom D525 processor (2x 1.8GHz) or AMD Embedded G-Series T40E processor (2x 1GHz) and support up to 4 GB DDR3 RAM. They offer the choice of a PCI/104-Express slot or a CompactPCI-extension slot, enabling the system for quick adaption to individual extension requirements. A wide selection of standard components of Ethernet switches up to basic digital and analog I/O cards are also available. As an option, the implementation of the FPGA Altera Cyclone IV FPGA processor (EP4CGX30CF) for the free programming of individual interfaces is also possible.

The standard interfaces of the cost-attractive basic version
The new Kontron MICROSPACE MPCX60 offers a multitude of standard interfaces. For display connection, the rugged Box-PCs have VGA or DVI interfaces at the rear as well as the option for LVDS as a second display. USB 2.0 ports are installed with two at the front and four at the rear. Available at the back of the housing are 1x Gigabit LAN, up to 4 seriel interfaces (RS232C, RS422 or RS485) and 2x CAN-Bus.

For application scenarios in which wireless connectivity is required, there are antenna connectors at the rear for W-LAN, GSM and GPS. The requisite SIM card for GSM communication can simply be inserted via the SIM slot on the front plate. The Kontron MICROSPACE MPCX60 offers in addition to customer-specified I/O configurations, four digital and two analogue inputs and outputs. Application-specific extensions are also available via two PCIe mini card slots, 1 x PCI/104-Express or 1x CompactPCI (32Bit PCI, 3HE/4TE).

A front panel installed, easily exchanged CompactFlash module and an internal 2.5" SATA 3Gb/s HDD are used for data storage media. Stereo inputs and outputs and an optional S/PDIF outlet round off the featureset.

The new Kontron vehicle computers MICROSPACE MPCX60 support Windows, Linux and VxWorks. Pre-series models are available from the end of October 2012 and series production commences in December 2012.