Powerful rackmount computer
The Kontron Industrial Silent Server (KISS) 1U industrial computer offers the latest Intel multi-core processing capabilities in an extremely quiet (&35dbA) operating platform. The standard backplane configuration features dual 32-bit PCI slots to accommodate any combination of full length 5V or universal PCI cards.
Two temperature controlled chassis fans, plus shock and vibration mounts for hard drives, help Kontron's PICMG 1.3 1U computer achieve an impressive MTBF rating of 50,000 hours of continuous operation
th 5V or universal PCI cards. An optional configuration, consisting of a single x4 PCI Express slot and single x16 PCI Express slot, allows for the latest high-speed PCI Express expansion card technology along with a leading-edge PCI Express graphics solution capability.
The Kontron KISS 1U is offered with the long-life Kontron PCI-960 PICMG 1.3 system host board, based on the Intel 945GM chipset and up to mobile Intel Core 2 Duo processor support. Up to four SATA 2.5 inch hard drives can be internally mounted, with the option to have two configured as an external hot-swappable RAID 1 array using Kontron’s KISS Stor Slim.
The Kontron KISS 1U comes standard with a 270W AC ATX power supply. Fully configured systems start at $1,700 and will be available Q1, 2008.
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