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Congatec releases conga-TCA4 COM Express compact module

Congatec releases conga-TCA4 COM Express compact module

July 30, 2015 - Congatec releases conga-TCA4 COM Express compact module based on new Intel Pentium and Celeron processors (codenamed Braswell).

The COM Express modules consume on average just 4 watts while providing increased graphics capabilities and overall performance. Up to 16 graphics execution units can support up to three HD displays or two 4k displays and achieve a theoretical peak performance of 358.4 GFlops per second. Additionally, the scalable general processing power - from 1 GHz dual-core to 2 GHz quad-core - prepares the modules for a whole range of fanless and rugged embedded computer designs based on  COM Express’ compact footprint.

Target applications are primarily graphics-intensive, low-power applications including IoT gateways as well as IoT edge node devices. In the industrial environment, target applications include stationary and mobile HMIs and thin clients for the industrial automation and medical end markets.

The conga-TCA4 modules with COM Express type 6 pinout are equipped with the 14 nm Intel Pentium and Celeron processors with a 4 watt SDP (Scenario Design Power) and a 6 watt TDP (Thermal Design Power) plus up to 8 GB of fast dual channel DDR3L 1600 RAM.

With the integrated Intel Gen 8 graphics, applications profit from double the graphics performance compared to their predecessors. In addition, support for three independent displays via 2x DP 1.1 or 2x HDMI 1.4b and 1x eDP 1.4 or dual channel LVDS is offered. DirectX11.1 and OpenGL 4.2 ensure a high-quality user experience with the latest 3D features and resolutions of up to 4k (3840 x 2160 @ 30 Hz). The integrated video engine provides jitter-free decoding of H.265/HEVC compressed videos with minimum CPU utilization and encodes two 1080p H.264 video streams at 60 Hz in real time. As an option, the new modules also simplify innovative, interactive applications with pedestrian recognition and/or gesture control thanks to two onboard MIPI camera interfaces, allowing the direct connection of CSI2 camera sensors.

The modules support the COM Express type 6 pin-out with 5x PCI Express Gen 2.0 Lanes, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 2x SATA 3.0, 4x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0, LPC as well as I²C, UART and HD Audio round off the feature set. Operating system support is offered for all major Linux distributions and variants of Microsoft Windows – including Microsoft Windows 10.

An extensive range of options to simplify design-in, i.e. heat sinks, carrier boards and starter kits as well as ADD2 cards and SMART Battery Management Modules, are also available. 

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