Kontron, a leading global provider of IoT/Embedded Computing Technology (ECT), announces that its newest Integrated Mission Computing platform, the COBALT™ S1901, is now available for customer shipments.
In response to a market need for higher performance processing and I/O in a small, rugged package, Kontron is now shipping the COBALT™ S1901 Integrated Mission Computer. Developed in parallel with the similarly designed, transportation-focused EvoTRAC™ S1901, the COBALT™ S1901 sets a new bar raising the level for processing, I/O and flexible expansion in a compact (13.0″ x 7.0″ x 4.0″), rugged package qualified to MIL-STD environmental levels (-40 °C to 71 °C, extended shock and vibration, IP67 etc). Kontron will showcase its latest COBALT™ S1901 and the company’s advanced computing platforms for the defense industry at the upcoming AUSA Annual Meeting 2021, October 11 in its booth number 1968.
The COBALT™ S1901 expands on Kontron’s successful COBALT™ 901 by leveraging a new, more highly-expandable and capable carrier card for rugged versions of Kontron’s COM Express® Type 6 or 7 modules. This new carrier offers vastly more I/O and expansion possibilities, including an on-board Ethernet switch supporting 1G, 2.5G and 10G ports, two mini-PCIe slots, three M.2 slots, and two MXM slots for high-performance GPU modules (or custom FPGA modules). When coupled with a high-performance COM Express® module such as Kontron’s Xeon-D based COMe-BBD7 module and optional GPUs such as NVIDIA’s T1000 or RTX3000, this enables the COBALT™ S1901 to package an unprecedented level of processing performance along with a quantum jump in front-panel I/O – not to mention plenty of room for custom I/O options.
“The COBALT™ S1901 fills an important space in the defense computing market,” says RJ McLaren, Systems Product Manager. “By providing an environmentally-qualified system that offers a high-performance CPU coupled with potentially multiple GPUs and flexible I/O, the COBALT™ S1901 gives defense system integrators a new platform for hosting their challenging sensor-based applications without resorting to expensive blade-based chassis systems.”
Sharing more than 80 percent of its components with the EvoTRAC™ S1901, the COBALT™ S1901 is a true example of maximizing dual-use technologies. The differences are limited to front-panel connector choices and particular COTS variant configurations, which are driven by particular market needs. The result is a rugged, environmentally qualified package ideal for hosting a wide range of defense applications.