Embedded computing specialist Kontron has revealed anew Mini-ITX system for commercial use. Designed for  applications such as AI/ML, image processing, data analysis, system monitoring & control, and manufacturing execution, the small form factor KBox B-202-CFL PC offers extensive expandability and can be equipped with a variety of powerful accelerators and expansion cards for various tasks.

At the heart of Kontron’s KBox B-202-CFL system are Intel’s 8th and 9th Generation Core processors, which are backed by Intel’s H310 (Value version) or Q370 (Smart version) chipset and and up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory. Systems running Intel’s H310 chipset have a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for graphics cards and do not support RAID, whereas machines powered by Intel’s Q370 have two PCIe 3.0 slots that can operate as one x16 or two x8 slots so to support a discrete GPU and another expansion card. Speaking of storage, the PC has an M.2 slot and two 2.5-inch bays, but customers with different requirements can install two M.2 SSDs or four mass storage devices using special adapters.

Meanwhile for connectivity, the Kontron’s KBox B-202-CFL (Smart) offers a versatile range of options, including Wi-Fi, two GbE ports (with Intel controllers), two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, PS/2 connectors, a COM port, 3.5-mm audio jacks, and multiple display outputs (up to two DisplayPorts and a DVI-D controlled by Intel's integrated GPU, and those on the discrete graphics card). In total, the KBox B-202-CFL can drive six or more monitors depending on hardware and software configurations.

Kontron’s KBox B-202-CFL comes in a chassis made of hot-dip galvanized sheet steel and aluminum, and measures 190×120×190 mm. The system is certified according to strict EN55032 Class B radio interference limits, so it can be used in industrial and adjacent environments. The KBox B-202-CFL uses only one fan for cooling (which produces up to 34 dBA of noise), and is powered by a 150 W external power supply. The system is tested for an operating temperature range between 0°C and +45°C, so it can get fairly hot without any drastic consequences.

Kontron will start to take orders on its KBox B-202-CFL Mini-ITX PCs shortly. Since the company will offer a variety of configurations many of which will be built-to-order, prices are not disclosed.

Kontron's KBox B-202-CFL Mini-ITX PCs
  Smart Value
CPU Intel's 8th Generation or 9th Generation Core i3/i5/i7 with up to 8 cores
GPU Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630
Discrete a PCIe 3.0 x16 GPU w/ up to 75 W power consumption
DRAM Two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots
Up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667 in dual-channel mode
Expansion Slots 2 × PCIe 3.0 x8 1 × PCIe 3.0 x16
Storage M.2 1 × M.2-2280 on motherboard
2.5-Inch 2 × 2.5-inch SATA 6 Gbps drives
or
2 × 2.5-inch Dual M.2 RAID module
2 × 2.5-inch SATA 6 Gbps drives
  ODD optional -
Wireless Optional Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module
Ethernet 2 × GbE port (Intel i210AT, Intel i219M)
USB 4 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
4 × USB 2.0 Type-A
4 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
3 × USB 2.0 Type-A
Display Outputs Integrated 2 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × DVI-D
1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × DVI-D
Discrete Various
Audio 2 × 3.5mm audio jacks
Other I/O 1 × COM ports
PSU External 150 W PSU
Warranty Typical, varies by country
Dimensions Length: 190 mm
Width: 190 mm
Height: 120 mm
MSRP ?

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Source: Kontron

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  • austinsguitar - Thursday, February 20, 2020 - link

    okay this is interesting. I like it. with a audio in and dvi port this would be my streaming secondary computer WET DREAM. jesus. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, February 20, 2020 - link

    Ew! Reply
  • ingwe - Thursday, February 20, 2020 - link

    Looks like a great little computer tbh. Wish the power supply was larger and could accommodate a higher power GPU. Reply
  • Tomatotech - Thursday, February 20, 2020 - link

    Very nice 4.3 litre SFF box, probably one of the smallest commercially available ones, but probably very steep price.

    For comparison the very smallest exotic ITX boxes that allow discrete GPU are not much smaller, 3.8 to 4.0 litres, but are expensive and difficult to build. I think this one is going to be pretty costly too.

    Am in middle of building my own mini ITX box, around 5 or 6 litres, probably much cheaper. Standard ITX mobo, normal CPU, spare RAM from an old build, either NVME or a SSD for storage, small SFX or Flex ATX or DC PSU, add a graphics card and you're off to the races. Hardest part is sourcing a case, really small ITX cases tend to be low-production boutique cases for around £150 inc delivery.

    For comparison, a decent budget mass-market small ITX case like the Fractal Design Node 202 is around 10 litres in volume for about £70. A boxy 'mini ITX' case like the Silverstone ones are about 20 litres. A normal ATX case is around 40 litres - if you like having a mostly empty case on your desk.
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  • shabby - Thursday, February 20, 2020 - link

    It's almost perfect but it's missing this, that and the other... Reply
  • patel21 - Thursday, February 20, 2020 - link

    Nope, only missing the price. Reply
  • Valantar - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    Given that it's an industrial PC the price is likely in the "if you have to ask..." range. Reply
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