Compute-module-maker congatec configures an IoT gateway system

August 18, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
congatec (Deggendorf, Germany) has designed a flexible IoT gateway that it presents as being reaily customizable for rapid field deployment. The gateway offers wide levels of flexibility in terms of processing performance and software integration.

The system is able to host up to 8 wireless antennas that can be connected to 3 mini PCI Express slots and 6 internal USB based slots for wireless and wired connectivity modules. Customized system designs are also available upon request. It forms a pre-configured, pre-certified IoT gateway that can easily connect a wide range of heterogeneous sensors and systems to cloud-based services. Target uses include Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications such as smart cities, smart agriculture, connected homes and vehicles, digital signage systems and other IoT applications.

 

congatec comments; '"The large and fast growing IoT market is well served by congatec's traditional embedded computer boards and module products, but OEMs are increasingly demanding IoT gateways that are complete, application-ready systems....together with our embedded design and manufacturing services, we can now meet any specific IoT gateway requirement."

 

The wireless connectivity of the congatec IoT gateway system is scalable: 6 internal USB ports and 3 miniPCIe slots are available and able to support LTE 3GPP modems, 2x WI-FI, 2x LAN with PoE and PROFINET features, low power BlueTooth (BTLE) and 6LoWPAN. Other low power wide area networks including LORA, 3GPP, LTE-MTC, Sigfox or UNB can be supported upon customer request. This allows for maximum flexibility in supporting all major IoT connectivity requirements. The housing is equipped to mount up to 8 antennas supporting multiple wireless standards in parallel, while enhancing signal quality by utilizing antenna diversity. The small size (200 x 230 x 40 mm) metal housing is certified to IP53 protection class for outdoor applications.

 

congatec developed the system to support scalable computing performance utilizing Qseven modules, which range from the NXP single-core i.MX6 processor up to a quad core Intel Pentium CPU. The gateway also supports the upcoming next generation of Intel Atom processors (Intel code name "Apollo Lake") for deployment in emerging IoT gateway and edge computing application scenarios, up to and including high