TRACe EN50155-certified transportation computers

17th September 2018
Alex Lynn

Global provider of IoT/Embedded Computer Technology (ECT), Kontron, has expanded its TRACe family of operational computers designed specifically for the railway market. The Kontron TRACe-B40x-TR, an EN50155 certified fanless generic platform, features the latest Intel Atom E3900 series processors and 6th Generation Intel Core processors.

The first released variant is the Kontron TRACe-B404-TR, based on the Intel Atom x5-E3940 quad-core @ 1.6GHz high performance per watt processor, with 8GB DDR3L memory and 32GB SLC eMMC Flash.

"Our customers in the railway industry are requesting COTS certified platforms that can be quickly customised and deployed in a safe way for the next decades. Our answer is the new Kontron TRACe-B404-TR rugged EN50155 computer, featuring the latest Intel Atom E3940 quad-core processor with 15 year life time. Kontron TRACe-B404-TR has already been selected by international key players for their passenger infotainment, and train control and monitoring system solutions," said Alain Spors, Sales Director at Kontron.

TRACe offers a range of rugged and flexible railway computers for integrators and system designers to easily customise and rapidly deploy specialised applications and new infrastructures. Already field-proven in operation worldwide, the TRACe product line addresses the broadest range of modern, connected rolling stock applications through easily customisable, EN50155 pre-certified (EMC, EMI, climatic, shock, and vibrations), application-oriented computer profiles - allowing multiple applications to run on the same platform, such as video surveillance, recording, and distribution (storage, processing), passenger infotainment systems, train control & monitoring systems, train-to-ground communications, asset management, and predictive maintenance.

The Kontron TRACe family benefits from the inherent flexibility advantages of Kontron's COM Express Computer-on-Module (COM), featuring the Intel Atom E3940 (quad-core up to 1.80GHz) up to the Intel Core i7 6600-U (dual-core up to 3.4Ghz) performance class processor in the same form factor. These platforms feature high performance density and low power consumption in a small footprint, low profile design that offers integrators higher flexibility in terms of the number of available I/O. The family also provides long-term support by design based on its modularity and seamless technology insertion of the processor, storage, I/O. and power supply unit.

All Kontron's TRACe transportation computing platforms integrate advanced health management tools. Equipped with a dedicated microcontroller to monitor all functions, TRACe enables operators to permanently, continuously and independently monitor and report the status of the application executed in parallel with normal operations. This health management unit is fully integrated in the CMON-Line Monitoring module by Kontron, offering a turnkey, extensible and data centric solution for local or remote computer health monitoring. This makes TRACe ideally suited for fleet management of a large number of units in the field. Its health management tools enable operators to monitor the entire fleet to better manage and anticipate maintenance, reduce turn-around times, and increase the overall availability of the units.

Robert Negre, VP of Business Development at Kontron, stated: "The TRACe B40x-TR, our brand-new member of the TRACe family, will further expand the possibilities of applications dedicated to smart-train solutions. TRACe computer servers allow exceeding the current limits of intelligent rolling stock systems in terms of connectivity, performance, scalability, data analytics, and management, with a high level of reliability and robustness."

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