Vehicle computers to bring buses, commercial vehicles and mobile machinery to the cloud

September 19, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
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 MICROSPACE MPCX60 can be used for a multitude of widely differing tasks in public transport vehicles, fleet management, and commercial vehicle control systems.
The 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 customization 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 realized as fleet management systems including connections to the complete commercial vehicle electronics.
Designed as a rugged, in-vehicle computer, the 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 railroad traffic, automotive and mobile machinery applications.
The vehicle computers are equipped with an Intel Atom D525 processor (2x 1,8 GHz) or AMD Embedded G-Series T40E processor (2x 1 GHz) 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.
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