In an announcement previewed at the 2014 embedded world trade fair, congatec AG, until now purely a manufacturer of embedded computer modules, is diversifying to ensure continued annual growth; the company is adding a line of single-board computers and ODM services that will build on the expertise gained in embedded computer technology. The first SBC form factor will be Mini-ITX boards. There will also be an Industrial Line, additionally optimised for the industrial temperature range and 24/7 operation, that will be available in the second half of 2014.
In parallel with the product expansion, congatec is adding ODM services to its offering in order to realise project-specific customer requirements. This may include the development of carrier boards or cooling solutions, full-custom designs or even complete and fully tested systems that are provided with all necessary approvals.
The conga-IGX Mini ITX board is based on AMD Embedded G-Series SOC technology and integrates the next-generation computing power of the “Jaguar” based processor and high performance AMD Radeon graphics cores in a compact package. It offers multimedia performance, an excellent performance-per-watt ratio and flexible task allocation on the CPU and GPU. Thanks to these features, the new conga-IGX board is a solution for cost-sensitive visualisation and control applications.
There are three Mini ITX motherboards on the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform. A low-energy 9W TDP 1.0 GHz dual-core processor GX-210HA SOC with integrated AMD Radeon HD 8210E graphics; a dual-core 18W TDP GX-217GA SOC processor model with integrated AMD Radeon HD 8280E graphics; and a 2.0 GHz quad-core AMD Embedded GX-420CA SOC with integrated AMD Radeon HD 8400E graphics.
The integrated AMD Radeon graphics feature the Universal Video Decoder 4.2 for seamless processing of BluRays with HDCP (1080p), MPEG-2, HD and DivX (MPEG-4) videos. The conga-IGX also supports DirectX 11.1 and OpenGL 4.0 for fast 2D and 3D imaging and OpenCL 1.1. Interface options include single/dual channel 18/24bit LVDS, DisplayPort 1.2 and DVI/HDMI