Industrial Thin Mini-ITX motherboard from congatec suits IoT devices

Designed for IoT connected devices, the conga-IC175 is a thin industrial-grade motherboard family featuring the seventh generation Intel Core U (Kaby Lake) processors. It has been launched by congatec for space-constrained, high-performance, low-power IoT designs.

The new processor generation brings enhancements and additionally offers IoT support including a SIM card socket for 3G/4G or Narrow Band connectivity and first versions of the congatec Cloud-API that will be demonstrated at Embedded World 2017 in Nuremberg next week (Hall 1 – 358).

The low profile design of congatec’s conga-IC175 makes it suited for slim system designs such as industrial graphical user interfaces (GUIs)/human machine interfaces (HMIs), digital signage systems, point-of-sale (PoS) terminals, and medical tablets.

The boards also support Hyper-Threading which turns the dual-core design into a four-in-one system when using the RTS real-time hypervisor.

The Thin Mini-ITX motherboards can be universally employed in various embedded and IoT applications, says congatec, as the new low-power versions of the high-end 64bit Intel Core processors offer a configurable thermal design power (TDP) of 15W, with the flexibility to scale dissipation from 7.5W cTDP to 25W cTDP to balance power and performance.

The conga-IC175 is tailored for the embedded and rugged industrial market, and the motherboard design offers at least seven years’ long-term availability, as well as a set of industrial interfaces and drivers. Personal integration support means that the design-in phase is simplified and becomes an easy job for OEM engineers, says congatec.

The conga-IC175 Thin Mini-ITX motherboards ship with four dual-core variants of seventh generation Intel Core U SoC processors. Two SO-DIMM sockets support up to 32Gbyte DDR4-2133 memory. For non-volatile memory, the boards offer a M.2 slot supporting the Intel Optane memory for significantly lower latency and higher data rates mass storage devices. This also enables extremely fast system boots, application starts, video recording and processing, and software updates, says congatec. Two SATA 3.0 interfaces allow additional HDDs or SSDs to be connected.

An integrated Board Management Controller, HDA audio including a stereo amplifier, a MIPI CSI-2 interface for direct connection of low-cost CMOS cameras as well as optional TPM 2.0 are included. The boards support the 64bit versions of Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows 10 IoT as well as all common Linux operating systems (OS). A choice of add-ons for easier design-in, including cooling solutions, I/O shields and cable sets, is also available.


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