Kontron launches industrial M2M controller

March 13, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
Kontron has developed a Machine-to-Machine (M2M) system that is easily deployable for industrial and extended temperature environments based around the COM Express format, an Intel Atom processor and Wind River's VxWorks real time operating system.

The KM2M806XT adds to the company’s existing portfolio of M2M smart services embedded-connected devices and comes complete with application-ready middleware to support M2M digital device connectivity right out of the box. The platform is aimed specifically at factory and smart building automation applications with a cast aluminium case with thermal management capabilities needed for operation under extended temperature conditions.
“The market for M2M solutions demands accelerated launch schedules, which facilitate the need for simplified and deployment-ready platforms,” said Kevin Rhoads, Vice President, Embedded Products Business Unit at Kontron. “Working with a highly knowledgeable and experienced ecosystem of partners, Kontron is able to provide a proven, complete and ready-to-deploy platform that allows service providers to simply add their application and connect securely to a digital device cloud.”
The KM2M806XT is designed with a modular approach, which includes a carrier board, audio/video board, a COM Express mini Computer-on-Module (the COMe-mTT10), an optional expansion board along with a M2M software development kit from Wind River. The modular approach enables a simple and cost efficient tailoring to specific application needs. Specific interface demands or processor requirements can easily be integrated, which reduces time-to-market and TCO.
The KM2M806XT is based on the Intel Atom 600 MHZ processor and the external USB port simplifies use of M2M SDKs provided by M2M ISVs. Sufficient storage is provided for M2M smart service applications, middleware and OS on the 4GB internal MicroSD card. The built-in accelerometer, dual HDMI and HD audio support enables designers to implement both movement tracking and intensive audio/video smart services features. It supports 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4 GHz band and 5 GHz band for 802.11a and an integrated 802.15.4 WPAN transceiver flexibly supports a wide range of protocols and network topologies, such as 6LoPAN, Wireless HART, ZigBee and others, using a unique 802.15.4 MAC layer interface. It also includes driver support for pre-certified cellular modules that can be pre-installed. Other pre-certified 3G/4G modules and drivers