April 2011

COM Express Compact Atom-Based Module with Low Power, High Graphics

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A new COM Express Type 2 module is based on the Atom E6xx processor series and the Intel Platform Controller Hub EG20. All components are specified for the industrial temperature range of -40? to +85°C. The conga-CA6 from congatec has a power consumption of less than 5 watts and a compact size of 95 x 95 mm. Long battery life, as a result of optimized power consumption and battery management, makes for a direct cost saving factor in portable devices. 

Hyperthreading technology allows the logical division of the physical processor core to enable multi-processing across two separate processors. This means that safety-critical applications can run on a real-time operating system with a logical core that is separate from the graphical user interface which, for example, can run on a Windows operating system. 

The conga-CA6 module is available as a 600 MHz, 1.0 GHz, 1.3 GHz and 1.6 GHz option with 512 Kbyte L2 cache and can access up to 2 Gbytes of rugged soldered DDR2-RAM. Memory access, sound and graphics are all integrated directly into the processor. The new integrated 3D-enabled graphics engine has received a 50 percent performance boost and can accommodate up to a 256 Mbyte frame buffer. The graphics support DirectX 9.0E as well as OpenGL 2.0; video applications benefit from hardware decoding in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4; while graphics output is via 24-Bit LVDS channel or SDVO. 

The conga-CA6 also offers up to 3 PCI Express x1 lanes, 2x SATA, PCI bus, EIDE interface, Gigabit Ethernet, High Definition Audio and 6 USB ports. Via the SATA interface, the module offers up to 32 Gbytes of optional onboard flash memory for robust mass storage. Pricing starts at $300 in OEM quantities.

congatec, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA. (760) 635-2600. [].