Industrial compute modules host 5th-gen Intel core CPUs on COM Express and Thin Mini-ITX

January 06, 2015 // By EDN
congatec is employing 5th generation Intel Core processors up to Intel Core i7-5650U on COM Express Computer-On-Modules and Thin Mini-ITX motherboards. The single-chip processors feature a low power consumption of 15W TDP.

Built on Intel's 14nm process technology, the 5th generation Intel Core processor is designed to prove graphics and performance, supporting the next generation of congatec’s COM Express and Thin-Mini-ITX boards for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, while maintaining compatibility with previous generations.

Intel HD Graphics 5500 and 6000 delivers responsive visuals including Ultra HD 4k display and additional codec support. Enhanced security and manageability features help to drive down total cost and risk, protecting data and preventing malware threats.

Both embedded computers allow the connection of up to three independent display interfaces via HDMI 1.4, LVDS and embedded DisplayPort (eDP). When using DisplayPort 1.2, the individual displays can be daisy-chained to take advantage of simple wiring; there is native USB 3.0 support. The two SODIMM sockets can be equipped with up to 16 GB SODIMM DDR3L memory.

The COM Express compact Type 6 module conga-TC97 offers flexibility and customisation capability. A total of eight USB ports are provided, two of them support USB 3.0 SuperSpeed. Four PCI Express 2.0 lanes, four SATA ports with up to 6 Gbit/sec, RAID support and a Gigabit Ethernet interface enable fast and flexible system extensions.

Conga-IC97 single board computers (SBCs) provide long-term availability. The flat design of Thin Mini-ITX – measuring 25 mm in height with I/O shield – enables flat housings, such as those required for panel PCs. Four USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports are directly available on the I/O shield. A total of two 5 Gbit/sec PCI Express 2.0 lanes can be used as mPCIe Half Size and PCIe Full Size shared with PCIe x1 and mSATA. Fast and flexible system extensions are possible thanks to four SATA interfaces with up to 6 Gbit/sec plus one mini PCIe. Two Intel I210 Gigabit Ethernet controllers each provide one Gigabit Ethernet LAN access via the two RJ45 sockets. The universal power source with 12 to 24V complete the feature set.