congatec simplifies COM-HPC designs

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congatec has launched a fully specification compliant ecosystem for engineers of COM-HPC Client and Server module based designs, following the publication of the COM-HPC Carrier Board Design Guide by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG).

According to the company, engineers will now be able to start developing fully compliant designs by picking their appropriate Computer-on-Module, adding a COM-HPC Server or COM-HPC Client evaluation carrier and appropriate cooling solution, installing their application and then running programming, debugging and test routines on this new high-performance embedded computing standard.

The congatec COM-HPC ecosystem is fully compliant with the entire range of new PICMG COM-HPC specifications, namely the COM-HPC Module Base Specification, the Carrier Board Design Guide, the Embedded EEPROM specification and the Platform Management Interface specification. Supported by all leading embedded computing vendors, including congatec, this set of PICMG standards offers engineers the benefits of best-in-class design security.

“The launch of the COM-HPC Carrier Design Guide was the last building block of the COM-HPC specifications that has been eagerly awaited by engineers. It is essential to build interoperable and scalable customised embedded computing platforms on the basis of this powerful Computer-on-Module standard, which is optimised for edge servers and high-performance embedded clients. So here we go! The design race for best-in-class high-end embedded and edge computing solutions can now begin,” said Christian Eder, Director Marketing at congatec.

The congatec ecosystem for COM-HPC Server and Client designs will be complemented by personal integration support as well as design verification and test services to tackle all challenges, from initial carrier board design verification to mass production testing. Carrier board and system design services will also be offered by congatec in collaboration with cooperation partners.

To round off the ecosystem, a carrier board design training programme is available where OEMs, VARs and system integrators can get a quick, easy and efficient deep dive into the design rules. The training programme will guide engineers through all the mandatory and recommended design essentials and best practice schematics of COM-HPC carrier boards and accessories, such as fanless high-end cooling solutions for server designs up to and even beyond 100W.

The reference platform will be COM-HPC Client carrier boards equipped with COM-HPC Client modules based on 12th Gen Intel Core processors (codenamed Alder Lake). COM-HPC Server training courses will start with the availability of corresponding Intel Xeon modules and evaluation carriers, which are expected to be launched later this year.

The COM-HPC Carrier Design Guide, which serves as the main foundation for congatec’s fully compliant ecosystem, is ready for free download at the PICMG website.