EMBEDDED COMPUTERS: Industrial reliability with Thin Mini-ITX

congatec's new industrial Thin Mini-ITX board is based on Intel's Core i-Series processor

The flat design of Thin Mini-ITX – measuring 25mm in height with I/O-Shield – enables flat housings, such as those required for panel PCs. The conga-IC87 is based on 4th generation Intel Core single-chip processors (codenamed Haswell) and features a power consumption of just 15W TDP and long-term availability in excess of seven years. With the launch of the conga-IC87, congatec has risen to the challenge of supporting customers who need high quality single board computers (SBCs) with long term availability that can be customised to address common embedded requirements such as BIOS modifications, boot screen implementation, and compatibility for special displays and operating systems. The new professional SBC in Thin Mini-ITX form factor combines the advantages of congatec's extensive experience in integrating high-quality computer modules for harsh industrial applications, with the cost advantages of high-volume SBC production. The i5 and i7 processors additionally support Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 clock speed acceleration, AMT9.5 management functions and Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). While the Intel Celeron HD Gen7 graphics only supports standard features, the powerful HD4400 (i3, i5) and HD5000 (i7) graphics enable demanding graphics processing up to frequencies of 1000MHz (Celeron, i3) and 1100MHz (i5, i7). All processors support up to three independent displays with up to 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution at 60Hz by DisplayPort and 4096 x 2304 at 24Hz, as well as 1920 x 1200 pixel at 60Hz by HDMI, or full 4K resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixels for the Core i-series. The hardware supports or directly accelerates DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL 1.2 plus high-performance, flexible hardware decoding to decode multiple high-resolution full HD videos in parallel. Two DisplayPort connections (DP++) are located on the back of the board; in compliance with the Thin Mini-ITX specification, an additional DisplayPort (eDP) and 2x24 Bit LVDS can be realized via an internal DISP connector. The two SODIMM sockets can be equipped with up to 16Gbyte of SODIMM DDR3L memory. Four USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports (backward compatible with USB 2.0) are directly available on the I/O shield, four more USB 2.0 ports can be connected via an internal interface. A total of two 5Gbit/s PCI Express 2.0 lanes can be used as 1x mPCIe Half Size, 1x PCIe Full Size (shared with PCIe x1 and mSATA) and 1x PCIe x1 (shared with mSATA/mPCIe). Four SATA interfaces with up to 6Gbit/s (one of them also available as mSATA), plus a mini PCIe allow quick and flexible system extensions. congatec AG is a leading supplier of industrial computer modules , single board computers and embedded design and manufacturing (EDM) services. Core knowledge and technical know-how includes unique extended BIOS features as well as comprehensive driver and board support packages. Following the design-in phase, customers are given support via extensive product lifecycle management. Quick facts • Driver for innovation and technology leadership • Focused on Computer-on-Modules • Leading in x86 & ARM COM technology Product range Industrial computer modules using form factors Qseven, COM Express (Type2, Type6 and Type10), XTX and ETX, single board computers and EDM services. Standards and certifications • COM Express • XTX/ETX • Mini-ITX • Qseven Industries/sectors served • Industrial automation • Digital signage • Medical • Automotive • Transportation • Aerospace • Gaming • POS/POI UK Sales Office Cedarville 1 Draycott Road Breaston Derby DE72 3DA T: +44 (0)1332 872201 Mobile: +44 (0)7951 487501 E: neil.wood@congatec.com