04. März 2021, 14:00 Uhr | Tobias Schlichtmeier
Hannes Niederhauser is CEO at S&T Group, to which Kontron belongs.
At embedded world 2021 digital, embedded company Kontron will present its latest innovations. First and foremost, the integrated digitalization solutions from Kontron SUSiEtec, but also new computer modules.
At the press conference for embedded world 2021, Kontron announced that, according to preliminary figures, the S&T Group, to which Kontron belongs, was able to increase sales by 11.7% from EUR 1,122.9 million to EUR 1,254.8 million in the 2020 financial year, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. This brings the company a step closer to its self-imposed target of EUR 2 billion in sales in 2023. Further revenue growth is expected to come primarily from company acquisitions.
Trends Kontron is following in 2021 are primarily COM-HPC and artificial intelligence applications, 5G, TSN, and digital software offerings. In the area of high-performance computing, the first module in the COM-HPC server form factor, Size D, is under development and is scheduled for market launch in Q3/2021; additional modules in different COM-HPC form factors are to follow.
With SUSiEtec, the company provides its customers with a combination of hardware and software.
With applications around SUSiEtec, Kontron is focusing on solving the complexity and challenge of digital transformation. With SUSiEtec, the company provides its customers with a combination of hardware and software. In addition, there is access to the entire embedded hardware, the software tools and the complete development environment, including support during installation and commissioning.
At the same time, it should be possible to use SUSiEtec to tap into new added value, for example with predictive analytics applications. Thus, for example, companies can improve the productivity of their manufacturing with the help of quality inspection in real time.
Kontron is launching a new single-board computer (SBC) in the 2.5-inch pico-ITX motherboard format. It is used in embedded applications or as an IoT gateway. The board features dual- or quad-core Arm-Cortex-A53-based NXP CPUs running at up to 1.5 GHz and 4K UltraHD resolution. Users can connect displays via LVDS Dual Channel, mini display port as well as HDMI. In addition, the motherboard has two Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports.
The motherboard is suitable for embedded applications in medical technology, industrial and building automation. Kontron offers both a Yocto Linux Board Support Package (BSP) and an Android BSP for the pITX-iMX8M.
The first 23 KSwitch variants are scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2021, with additional versions to be added over the rest of the year.
Kontron continues to expand its portfolio with the KSwitch family of industrial-grade Ethernet switches with long-term availability. The first 23 KSwitch variants are scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2021, with additional versions to be added over the rest of the year. They are suitable for fast and gigabit networks up to 10G. In addition to a compact design, the switches offer the possibility of interconnecting machines, controllers and other components based on industry standards.
Developers can flexibly combine all switches with each other - this makes it easier to set up a future-oriented IT environment. They are equipped with RJ45 and optional small form factor pluggable (SFP) slots. The switches also support partial Power Over Ethernet (PoE/PoE+, Ultra PoE) or can be operated as a powered device. All models will be available from March 2021 via the Rutronik24 webshop of Kontron's partner Rutronik.