congatec – a leading technology company for embedded computer modules, single board computers and embedded design and manufacturing services – extends its COM Express Basic portfolio with the new high-performance conga-TS175 Computer-on-Module. Equipped with the high-end dual chip versions of the brand new Intel Xeon and Gen 7 Intel Core processors (codename Kaby Lake), it sets a new benchmark for module-based high-end embedded computers and modular industrial workstations that need to process massive workloads.
Application areas for these high-end COM Express Type 6 Server-on-Modules can be found everywhere where data intensive streams need to be processed and displayed in real time. Target markets include big data processing embedded clouds, edge and fog servers, medical imaging systems, video surveillance and vision-based quality control, simulation equipment, host systems for virtualised control technology, vision systems in industrial control rooms and other plant-wide supervision systems or high-end professional gaming and digital signage.
Compared to their predecessors (codename Skylake), the new modules host increased CPU frequencies and performance, more dynamic HDR graphics thanks to 10-bit video codecs, and support super-fast 3D XPoint-based Intel Optane memory. In comparison to the single chip variants of the new Gen 7 Intel Core processors, the dual chip versions set the latest state-of-the-art benchmark for high-end Server-on-Module applications and high-end embedded use cases with hyper threading within the embedded power envelope of up to 45 Watts.
‘The new modules will significantly change the way we leverage massive data streams because they support the new Intel Optane memory which is based on 3D XPoint technology. It offers a significantly lower latency while handling the same size of data packets compared to NAND SSDs, and compared to standard HDDs, its latency of just 10 µs is even a thousand times lower. As a consequence, the responsiveness of applications such as Big Data processing, High-Performance Computing, virtualisation, data storage, clouds and computer games can be massively improved by utilising Computer-on-Modules that support this very fast, cost effective and non-volatile memory,’ explains Martin Danzer, director product management at congatec.
The feature set in detail
The new conga-TS175 COM Express Basic module is available with two quadcore Intel Xeon processors with hyper threading as well as five different Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors within a 45 to 25 W TDP envelope. Bandwidth intensive applications will benefit from up to 32 gigabytes of fast dual channel 2400 DDR4 memory – including ECC support option. In regards to visual experience, they feature the new Intel HD630 graphics supporting up to three independent displays with up to 4k @ 60 Hz via DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 – both with HDCP 2.2, and eDP 1.4 support. Additionally, the modules also offer dual channel LVDS and VGA for legacy displays. Thanks to hardware-accelerated 10-bit encoding/decoding and high dynamic range of HEVC and VP9, HD streams are becoming more vivid and lifelike in both directions.
The modules offer all the common I/O interfaces of the Type 6 pinout. Powerful system extensions including Intel Optane memory can be connected via PCI Express Gen 3.0 Lanes. 4x SATA 6G ports with RAID0/1 support are available for conventional storage media. Further I/O interfaces include 1x Gigabit Ethernet with Intel AMT support, 4x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0, HDA, 4x GPIOs, LPC, SPI, I2C Bus, and 2x UART. The modules support the 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows 10 IoT as well as all common Linux operating systems. Individual integration support, an extensive range of accessories as well as optional Embedded Design & Manufacturing Services for individual carrierboard and system designs complete the package.