Low-power COM Express embedded computing board for industrial use introduced by Congatec

Sept. 18, 2013
SAN DIEGO, 18 Sept. 2013. Congatec Inc. in San Diego is introducing the conga-TC87 Type 6 COM Express embedded computing module for industrial, aerospace, and defense applications.

SAN DIEGO, 18 Sept. 2013. Congatec Inc. in San Diego is introducing the conga-TC87 Type 6 COM Express computer board for industrial, aerospace, and defense applications.

The embedded computing board supports 4th-generation Intel Core processors. It is a low-power single-chip solution, codenamed Haswell-ULT, with integrated chipset (PCH) and graphics. Despite increased performance, the maximum thermal design power (TDP) is 15 Watts.

The 4th-generation Intel Core processors are an optimization of the existing microarchitecture. Improvements include microcode and extended registers, an expansion of the vector processing unit, larger and much more powerful graphics units, as well as standard hardware support for AES encryption in all models.

The Intel Core i7-4650U and i5-4300U have revised power management; expanded configurable turbo-boost modes; and TDP configuration management for adapting to different kinds of cooling.

Models of the Haswell U-series integrate the processor controller hub (PCH) as multi-die in the same package. Compared to previous Core i processor models, such as the i7-3517UE, it is possible to save not only 2 Watts of TDP, but also about 4 Watts previously required for the separate PCH solution.

Further savings come from the voltage regulator units which also are integrated in the housing. In total, power consumption is about one-third lower compared to the previous generation.

The conga-TC87 can be equipped with the embedded dual-core single-chip processors Intel Core i7-4650U, i3-i5-4300U or i3-4010U. For each of these processors, the appropriate chipset is integrated in the housing. The module supports fast and energy-efficient dual-channel DDR3L memory to 16 gigabytes.

The integrated graphics is considerably more powerful than preceding versions and supports Intel flexible display interface (FDI), DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4, OpenCL 1.2 and high-performance, flexible hardware decoding to decode several high-resolution full HD videos in parallel. 4K resolution with to 3840-by-2160 pixels for DisplayPort is natively supported.

It also is possible to connect to three independent display interfaces via HDMI, LVDS and embedded DisplayPort (eDP). When using DisplayPort, the individual displays can be daisy chained to take advantage of simple wiring.

Native USB 3.0 support provides fast data transmission with low power consumption. Eight USB ports are provided, two of them support USB 3.0 Superspeed. Four PCI Express 2.0 lanes, four SATA ports with to 6 gigabits per second, RAID support and a Gigabit Ethernet interface enable fast and flexible system extensions. Active fan control, LPC bus for easy integration of legacy I/O interfaces, I²C bus and Intel High Definition audio are included.

For more information contact Congatec online at www.congatec.com/us.

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