Server-on-Modules is for real-time media processing
Based on the Intel Xeon E3-1578L and E3-1558 processors, two Server-on-Modules from congatec have integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics accelerated by 128Mbyte fast eDRAM and double graphics base frequency for transcoding and video processing.
The conga-TS170 modules also have an ecosystem including board support packages, driver support and application-ready carrierboards and evaluation kits. The Media Studio Server package offers software support.
The modules can be used for edge and fog computers for industrial IoT applications, for pre-processing and transcoding big data as well as managing and controlling local processes. They can allow both the horizontal and the vertical networking of any industrial IoT-connected smart sensors, actuators, equipment and machines in real-time, says the company. High-level media processing performance is useful in autonomous driving, drone control, vision-based robotics as well as self-learning machines with complex deep learning algorithms and neuronal network structures.
They can also be used where densely packed servers in content delivery networks at carriers, service or third party providers are used for high-density video transcoding. These networks, featuring carrier-grade availability and durability, are implemented in commercial media streaming and video conference systems as well as video-based security and surveillance applications, which can also be used for virtual vision in maintenance and service applications.
The servers are designed to simplify design and scalability to meet upgrades quickly and replace modular computing cores. They also offer flexibility to meet different industrial applications; many building blocks can be supplied application-ready, says the company. The modules comply with the PICMG’s COM Express Basic.
The Intel Xeon processors doubles the base frequency of the graphics and media processing units to 700MHz, compared with earlier models. As the hardware accelerators are used for video transcoding, they are operated at the basic clock rate, enabling processing of up to two 4k HEVC output streams, or up to 15 Full HD-HEVC (1080p) streams in real-time.
The common I/O interfaces of the Type 6 pinout are offered, i.e. PCI Express Graphics Gen 3.0 (PEG), 8x PCI Express Gen 3.0 Lanes, 4x SATA 3.0 including RAID 0/1/5/10 support, 4x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0, LPC and I²C. Linux and Microsoft Windows OS, including Windows 10 are supported. There is also individual integration support, a range of accessories and optional Embedded Design & Manufacturing Services for individual carrierboard and system designs.