Low-power modules for extended temperature

Louise Smyth

Congatec has developed a family of low-power modules for the industrial and extended temperature range in the credit card sized COM Express Mini form factor.

The conga-MA5 COM Express Type 10 Computer-on-Modules are equipped with the latest Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium processors (code name Apollo Lake) with 30% more processing power and 45% more graphics performance on a small COM Express Mini module.

The modules target applications where a small footprint and eco system of COM Express is important for engineers, such as handheld and rugged mobile applications as well as stationary mini devices and IoT gateways.

Mobile devices benefit from approximately 15% longer battery life while connected industrial devices benefit especially from the enhanced real-time capabilities.

Impressive for all applications is the massively improved graphics performance that now also includes the support of 4k displays.

The modules are available with the low power Intel Atom processors E3930, E3940 and E3950 for the extended temperature range of -40° C to +85° C, or are fitted with the more powerful low-power dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 and quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 processors.

With up to 8GB dual channel DDR3L RAM the modules offer best in class memory performance and significant bandwidth advantages compared to competing modules with only single channel memory.

The modules also feature Intel Gen9 graphics which provides up to 18 execution units to support up to 2 independent displays via single channel LVDS/eDP and the digital display interface for DP 1.2 or HDMI 1.4b.

For IoT connectivity and generic extensions, there are 1x Gigabit Ethernet interface, 4x PCIe 2.0 lanes and 8 USB ports, two of which are provided as USB 3.0.

Additional peripherals can be connected via 1x SPI, 1x LPC, 4x GPIO and 2x serial UART interfaces.

For the storage media, up to 128 GB of on board flash memory with fast eMMC 5.1, or 2x 6 Gbps SATA are an option. Audio signals are carried via HDA.

Software support is provided for Microsoft Windows 10, including the Microsoft Windows 10 IoT versions and all current Linux operating systems. The Board Support Package will also include support for the latest Wind River IDP 3.1.

Customised integration support, a comprehensive range of accessories including cooling solutions and an evaluation carrier board as well as optional Embedded Design & Manufacturing services for application specific carrier board and system designs are also available.