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congatec COM Express module with AMD Ryzen R1000 processors

congatec – a supplier of embedded computing technology – has extended its conga-TR4 series of COM Express modules with processors from the new AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 series.

Based on the Zen microarchitecture, this new generation of energy-efficient processors delivers low-power computing performance and has been optimised for price sensitive markets.

While its function set has been slimmed down compared to the AMD Ryzen V1000 processors, it is still able to offer a range of features, including 2 multi-threaded cores, support for three 4k displays with AMD Radeon Vega GPU featuring three compute units. With a TDP that is scalable from 24 to 12W and CPU speeds of up to 3.5 GHz, there is massive processing power for individual threads.

Target markets include graphic-rich multi-display systems for gaming and digital signage, medical imaging and industrial automation.

Another application area is headless systems, where the GPU is used for massively parallel data processing. Examples can be found in communication infrastructures, where the modules are used for security applications or for uCPE, SD-WAN, routers, switches and UTM (Unified Threat Management).

With a modular system design based on standardised Computer-on-Modules, users benefit from lower development costs and faster time-to-market thanks to an application-ready computing core. Further advantages are the flexible performance scalability even across processor sockets and generations, and high long-term availability.

The conga-TR4 high-performance modules with COM Express Type 6 pinout are based on the latest AMD Ryzen Embedded R1505G and R1606G multi-core SoCs. They support up to 32 GB energy-efficient and fast dual-channel DDR4 memory with up to 2400 MT/s and optional ECC for maximum data security. The immersive AMD Radeon Vega graphics with 3 compute units supports up to three independent displays with up to 4k UHD resolution and 10-bit HDR, as well as DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4 for 3D graphics. The integrated video engine enables hardware-accelerated streaming of HEVC (H.265) video in both directions. Thanks to HSA and OpenCL 2.0 support, deep learning workloads can be assigned to the GPU. In safety-critical applications, the integrated AMD Secure Processor helps with hardware-accelerated RSA, SHA, and AES encryption and decryption.

The conga-TR4 allows a complete USB-C implementation on the carrier board including USB 3.1 Gen 2 with 10 Gbit/s, Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4, for example to connect external touchscreens with a single cable. Further interfaces include 1x PEG 3.0 x4, 3x PCIe Gen 3 and 4x PCIe Gen 2, and 2x SATA Gen 3 as well as 3x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 8x USB 2.0, and 1x Gbit Ethernet. High Definition Audio and I/Os for SD, SPI, LPC, I²C as well as 2x UART from the CPU and round off the range of interfaces. The supported operating systems include Linux, Yocto 2.0 and Microsoft Windows 10, or optionally Windows 7

Neil Tyler

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