congatec launches 20 Computer-on-Modules with 11th Gen Intel Core processors

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congatec, a supplier of embedded and edge computing technology, has introduced 20 new Computer-on-Modules following the launch of Intel’s 11th generation Core processor for IoT.

Featuring 11th Gen Intel Core vPro, Intel Xeon W-11000E, and Intel Celeron processors, the modules target demanding IoT gateway and edge computing applications.

Built on Intel’s 10nm SuperFin technology in a two-package design with dedicated CPU and platform controller hub (PCH) the new flagship COM-HPC Client and COM Express Type 6 modules provide up to 20 PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes for large scale connected real-time IIoT gateway and intelligent edge computing workloads. To process such large workloads, the modules have up to 128 GB DDR4 SO‑DIMM RAM, integrated AI accelerators and up to 8 high-performance CPU cores that are able to achieve a 65% gain in multi-thread performance and up to a 32% gain in single-thread performance.

Visualization, auditory and graphics intensive workloads are enabled with a boost of up to 70% compared to predecessors.

Flagship applications that directly benefit from these GPU enhancements can be found in surgery, medical imaging and e-health edge applications as congatec’s new platform supports 8K HDR videos for optimum diagnostics. Combined with the platform’s AI capabilities and the comprehensive Intel OpenVINO toolkit, doctors can gain access and insights into deep learning based diagnostic data.

The integrated Intel UHD graphics are also able to support up to four 4K displays in parallel. In addition, it can process and analyze up to 40 HD 1080p/30fps video streams in parallel for 360 degree views in all directions.

These AI infused massive vision capabilities are important for many other markets, including factory automation, machine vision for quality inspection in manufacturing, safe spaces & cities, as well as collaborative robotics and autonomous vehicles in logistics, agriculture, construction, and public transport.

AI and deep learning inference algorithms can seamlessly run either massively parallel on the integrated GPU, or on the CPU with built-in Intel Deep Learning Boost that combines three instructions into one, accelerating inference processing and situational awareness.

The COM-HPC Client and COM Express Type 6 platforms have integrated safety functions that are important for the fail-safe operation of many mobile vehicles and robots, as well as stationary machinery. As real-time support is mandatory for such applications, the congatec modules can run RTOSes such as Real Time Linux and Wind River VxWorks, and provide native support from Real-Time Systems’ hypervisor technology, which is also officially supported by Intel.

Further real-time capabilities include Intel Time Coordinated Computing (Intel TCC) and Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) for real-time connected IIoT/industry 4.0 gateways and edge computing devices.

Enhanced security features protect systems against attacks make these platforms suitable for all types of critical customer applications in factories and utilities.