Starter kit for evaluation of SMARC 2.0 standard boards

November 15, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
The SMARC 2.0 Quick Starter Kit from congatec has been assembled to simplify development of IoT applications based on Intel Atom Apollo Lake processors. The kit comes with congatec's first SMARC 2.0 module - the conga-SA5 - and everything developers need for the immediate evaluation of the new SMARC 2.0 standard as well as the latest Intel Atom processor generation.

Integrated wireless interfaces come with standardized antenna connectors on board. congatec says that with SMARC 2.0, developers of highly integrated IoT and Industry 4.0 applications will get the next level of technology on a credit card sized, off-the-shelf module with minimum space requirements. The starter kit comes with a ready to use SMARC 2.0 module that provides pre-integrated fast WLAN and Bluetooth LE support. Additional connectivity can be supported with dual Gigabit Ethernet for cloud connected appliances with redundancy or for secure firewall solutions.


The kit comprises the conga-SA5 computer module with quad-core Intel Atom x7-E3950 processor with up to 2.0 GHz and Intel Gen 9 graphics with 18 execution units. There is 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM, and a pre-certified M.2 communications module for up to 433 Mbit/sec WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth LE and optionally NFC. The starter kit also offers all interfaces provided by the new SMARC 2.0 module. These comprise dual GbE including hardware-based and therefore especially fast real-time synchronization, MIPI CSI dual cameras, USB 3.0 plus fast 32 GB eMMC 5.0 flash memory and TPM 2.0 on the module.


The conga-SEVAL evaluation carrier board provides a range of interfaces including 4x PCIe x1, 1 mini PCIe, 2x USB 3.0, and 4x USB 2.0 for generic extensions. Also provided are 2x RJ45 for Gigabit Ethernet, 4x COM, 1x CAN bus and 12x GPIO. Displays can be connected via dual channel LVDS, eDP, DP and 2x MIPI DSI. Additional storage media are available via a SD/MMC socket and 1x SATA 6G. Digital and analogue audio I/Os for I2S and HDA round out the interface offerings.


The Quick Starter Kit is completed by an ATX power supply, the conga-ACA2 MIPI CSI-2 dual camera module, WLAN antenna, LVDS adapter, SATA, USB cables and a cooling solution for the module. On the software side, the congatec starter kit includes board support packages of the conga-SA5 module for the complete