- September 02, 2015
September 2, 2015 - Congatec introduces conga-TC170 COM Express single-board computers based on sixth generation Intel Core processors (codename Skylake).
They feature a 15 watt configurable TDP and are equipped with the energy-saving ULV-SoC editions based on new 14nm microarchitecture. Compared to 15 watt modules with fifth generation processors (codename Broadwell), users benefit from improvements in graphics and processing performance, enhanced energy efficiency and more high-speed I/Os.
Typical fanless applications include central control room technology, shop floor terminals, HMIs, robotics, and smart video surveillance. The conga-TC170 modules, with COM Express Type 6 pinout, are equipped with the ULV-SoC editions of the sixth generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors. They offer a configurable TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 8.5 to 15 watts, which simplifies matching the application to the system’s thermal design. The power supply has also been optimized, which in addition to the new microarchitecture also contributes to the energy efficiency and allows a longer turbo-boost. Another feature is the support of up to 32GB of fast dual channel RAM, which in the DDR4 version provides significantly more bandwidth and is much more energy efficient than the DDR3 version.
The integrated Intel Gen 9 Graphics supplies up to three independently operated 4k displays with 60 Hz via DisplayPort 1.2. Version 2.0 of HDMI is also supported for the first time as well as version 12 of DirectX for even faster, Windows 10 based 3D graphics. Now not only the decoding but also the encoding of HEVC, VP8, VP9 and VDENC is hardware-supported. Energy-efficient streaming of HD videos in both directions is possible. Additional enhancements are the number of USB 3.0 ports (now 4) SATA Gen 3 (now 3) PCIe Gen 3 (now 6) as well as AMT (now version 11.0).
Further COM Express Type 6 pinout-compliant interfaces include PEG, Gigabit Ethernet, 8x USB 2.0, LPC plus I²C and UART. Thanks to the optional MIPI camera interfaces, CSI2 camera sensors can also be connected directly. Operating system support is offered for all popular Linux distributions and Microsoft Windows variants – including Microsoft Windows 10.