Thin, 3W Mini-ITX motherboards host Intel Braswell CPUs

October 16, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
congatec (Deggendorf, Germany) offers industrial-grade modules with powerful graphics at 3W dissipation, with its industrial-grade Thin Mini-ITX motherboards, that now include graphics-rich conga-IA4 boards with 14 nm Intel Pentium and Celeron processors (codenamed Braswell) and full Windows 10 support.

Compared to their predecessors, congatec says, the new Thin Mini-ITX boards offer increased computing and graphics performance as well as support for up to three 4k displays. The power requirement has been lowered to 3W SDP (Scenario Design Power), which enables energy-saving, fanless system designs. With their profile of 20 mm, the Thin Mini-ITX motherboards allow for flat system designs and can be integrated into slim Panel PCs.

The conga-IA4 Thin Mini-ITX boards come equipped with 14 nm Intel Pentium or Celeron processors with a 3 to 4W SDP (Scenario Design Power) and a 4 to 6W TDP (Thermal Design Power) as well as up to 16 GB of fast Dual Channel DDR3L 1600 RAM. The integrated Intel Gen 8 Graphics means that applications benefit from high image quality with up to 3x 4k resolutions (3840 x 2160) with the latest 3D features such as DirectX11.1 and OpenGL 4.2. The integrated video engine provides judder-free decoding of H.265/HEVC-compressed videos with maximum CPU offload and encoding for two 1080p H.264 video streams with 60 Hz in real time.

Interfaces include, alongside a PCIe x1, two Mini PCIe slots as well as 4x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 for specific extensions. Up to two CSI-2 camera sensors can be connected directly via the feature connector. 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x mSATA 3.0, 1x SATA 3.0, 2x UART plus 8 GPIO and HD Audio are also provided. congatec offers operating system support for Linux and all popular Microsoft Windows variants, including Microsoft Windows 10.

The new industrial-grade Thin Mini-ITX motherboards are designed for deployment in applications where conventional motherboards do not suffice in terms of robustness, interference resistance, 24/7 operation as well as long-term availability. Target applications of the boards include, among others, cash register systems, scales and vending machines, gaming and digital signage applications as well as industrial HMIs, Panel PCs and thin clients in manufacturing, logistics and clinical environments.