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congatec introduces Server-on-Modules with new Intel Xeon/Core processors

Deggendorf, Germany, 29 October 2015 * * * congatec AG, a leading technology company for embedded computer modules, single board computers (SBCs) and embedded design and manufacturing (EDM) services, has expanded its COM Express Basic portfolio with new server-class embedded modules. The new Server-on-Modules are equipped with 6th generation Intel Xeon and Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 processors (codenamed Skylake). The DDR4 memory of the conga-TS170 modules provides up to twice as much system memory performance for data-intensive applications while consuming 20 percent less energy and requiring only half the footprint of DDR3 RAM that is expected to become legacy in future applications. In addition, the modules offer faster processor speeds, a 60 percent accelerated system bus and an enlarged Intel Smart Cache (up to 8 MB) as well as the PCIe Gen 3.0 support for all PCIe Lanes and the new Intel HD Graphics P530. Overall, users can expect to benefit from enhanced system performance and packing density with lower space and energy requirements.

The new modules have been developed for the server-class of embedded designs that operate within a thermal power envelope of 25-45W TDP and require custom I/O and IoT interfaces. The new conga-TS170 modules equipped with Intel Core processors are suitable for applications including test and measurement equipment, back-end systems in medical imaging, high-performance industrial workload stations as well as intelligent vending machines.

The Intel Xeon module variants additionally provide ECC memory protection, which extends their usage to data critical server and gateway applications. Applications can be found in industrial IoT and cloud servers with big data analytics, carrier-grade edge node servers as well as connected Industry 4.0 automation servers that host multiple virtual machines or media servers with multiple stream real-time video transcoding.

In addition, the new conga-TS170 modules offer powerful tools to manage distributed IoT, M2M and Industry 4.0 applications. Thanks to Intel vPro technology and congatec–s board management controller with watchdog timer and power loss control, the modules are fully equipped for remote monitoring, management and maintenance tasks, right down to out-of-band management.

For cost-sensitive applications that do not necessarily require complex out-of-band management or virtualization, modules based on the Intel Core i3 processor and the Mobile Intel HM170 chipset are also available.

The feature set in detail
The new conga-TS170 modules are equipped with the latest 6th generation 14nm Xeon v5 and Intel Core processors. They feature a TDP of 25-45W, up to 8MB smart cache and super-fast 2133 DDR4 memory up to 32 GB, implemented as ECC memory for safety-critical applications in the Intel Xeon variants. For energy-efficient 24/7 operation, the new modules support disconnected standby in place of the legacy S3 mode. With disconnected standby, switching from energy-saving sleep mode to full performance takes less than half a second; as a result, systems can go into sleep mode more frequently without affecting usability and responsiveness.

The integrated 9th generation Intel HD Graphics 530 supports DirectX 12 for faster Windows 10 based 3D graphics on up to 3 independent 4K (3840 x 1260) displays via HDMI 1.4, DVI or DisplayPort 1.2. For legacy applications, a dual-channel LVDS output and optional VGA are available. Thanks to hardware support for the decoding as well as the encoding of HEVC, VP8, VP9 and VDENC, it is now possible to stream HD video energy-efficiently in both directions.

In addition to PCI Express Gen 3.0 Graphics (PEG), the choice of available I/O interfaces includes 8x PCI Express Gen 3.0 lanes, 4x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0, LPC and I²C. SSD, HDD and BluRay mass storage can be connected via 4x SATA 3.0, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support. All major Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems are supported, including Windows 10. A comprehensive set of add-ons for easier design-in – such as cooling solutions, carrier boards and starter kits – rounds out the offering.

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