Modules exploit latest processor technology for powerful graphics designs

Two modules released by Congatec, are based on Intel’s new low power processors (codenamed Apollo Lake).

The real-time Qseven and COM Express Compact modules have energy-saving Intel Atom processors E3930, E3940 and E3950 for the industrial-grade extended temperature range of -40 to +85 degree C, or are fitted with the more powerful low-power dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 and quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 processors. Industrial-grade module variants with Intel Atom processors have a lidded cooling interface which connects directly to the processor. Therefore, no additional copper heat stack is required for most simple implementations and heat dissipation. All modules host the high-performance Intel Gen 9 graphics which provides up to 18 execution units and supports up to 4k decode and encode capabilities for HEVC4, H.264, VP8, SVC and MVC.

The Qseven and COM Express Compact modules with Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium processors feature the Intel Gen 9 graphics to implement powerful designs with even lower energy consumption, says the company.

Application areas for the modules can be found in embedded and IoT systems that require a customised high-performance design and a fanless low-power envelope of 5.0 to 12W.

A range of standard products such as SMARC 2.0, Pico-ITX and Mini-ITX boards, as well as customised carrier boards and full custom designs, will be released throughout the year.

Both form factors will support real-time applications, which will benefit from the hardware integrated IEEE 1588-compliant Precision Time Protocol that can deliver nanosecond synchronisation accuracy. Alternative software implementations need microseconds, says the company. There is also a hardware integrated audio DSP that can be used for new applications with speech recognition. There is also the ability to switch from a static, hardware-based PCIe lane configuration to a flexible software-based set-up, enabling the user to use the pre-defined GbE lanes of the modules for other purposes.

http://www.congatec.com

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