conga-CA COM Express Module Features Intel Atom Processor Z500 Series

congatec AG enhances its successful COM Express product family with the introduction of the extremely low power consuming conga-CA. It features the brand new Intel® Atom(tm) processor Z500 series and the Intel® System Controller Hub US15W. The complete design of this compact (95x95mm, 3¾x3¾”) sized COM Express module is geared around low power consumption. Typical power requirements for this module will be less than 5 Watts. When you combine this with ACPI 3.0 battery management, ultra mobile embedded applications are now possible.

congatec AG conga-CA COM Express Module with Intel Atom Processor Z500 SeriesThe conga-CA supports up to two PCI Express Lanes, eight USB 2.0, two Serial ATA, one IDE Interface and Intel® High Definition Audio. Two onboard SDIO sockets allow for flexible expansion. Additionally, it features PCI bus, multi master I²C bus, LPC bus, fan control and Gigabit Ethernet.

The conga-CA is available in two different CPU variants. The conga-CA eco version is powered by the Intel® Atom(tm) processor Z510 with 1.1 GHz and 400 MHz front side and memory bus. The high end version is powered by the 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom(tm) processor Z530 with 533 MHz front side and memory bus. Both versions are equipped with 512k L2 cache and can access up to 1 GByte onboard DDR2 memory.

The Intel® System Controller Hub US15W features the Intel® GMA500 graphics engine. This 3D capable onboard graphics utilizes up to 256 MByte frame buffer and supports DirectX 9.0E and OpenGL 2.0. It also enhances video playback applications with the use of MPEG2 and MPEG4 hardware decoding. Graphic output provides either a 1×24 Bit LVDS channel or a single SDVO port. The conga-CA implements the EPI (Embedded Panel Interface) standard allowing for automatic recognition of the attached flat panel display. Support for the new VESA standard named ‘DisplayID’ will also be provided.

All congatec modules are equipped with an embedded BIOS and a board controller that enhance embedded features such as system monitoring, watchdog timer and the I²C bus. With the ability to isolate itself from the main x86 processor, these features are also available in stand-by mode, hence promoting further power saving functionality.

In addition to enhanced power management, the congatec Embedded BIOS supports ACPI 3.0 with battery management.

The conga-CA will be available starting in July 2008. The single unit price of the economy model, based on the Intel® Atom(tm) processor Z510 with 1.1 GHz, is $320 U.S.

About congatec AG
Based in Deggendorf Germany, congatec AG is an innovative and experienced manufacturer of COM Express, XTX and ETX embedded computer boards, with more than 200-manpower years of experience in the fast growing embedded computer industry. The company’s objective is to engineer and market industrial computer modules based on standard form factors, including an embedded BIOS, excellent driver support as well as full-featured board support packages. Customers receive complete product lifecycle support starting early during the design-in stage. All congatec products are manufactured by specialised contract manufacturers who fulfill the latest quality standards.

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