congatec Debuts conga-BA945 Embedded Computer Module with Intel Atom

congatec announced the conga-BA945, its fourth embedded computer module based on the Intel® Atom[tm] processor family. The conga-BA945 is a COM Express module with type 2 pinout and conforms to the specified COM Express basic size of 95×125 mm². The Intel® Atom[tm] processor N270 has a clock speed of 1.60 GHz, as well as 512 KB cache and a 533 MHz frontside bus speed. Despite the high processing power, the processor gets by with a maximum power dissipation of 2.5W. Thanks to the sophisticated power management provided by the congatec embedded BIOS the actual values reached during practical use remain well below this maximum level.

The conga-BA945 Provides a 50% Increase in Graphics Capabilities with Less Than 10W Power Dissipation
The congatec conga-BA945 supports Intel® Hyper Threading Technology, which means with the appropriate software it has the capability of running two operating systems in parallel and completely independent of one another.

In contrast to the recently announced conga-CA945, which is an even lower priced and more compact COM Express compatible module featuring an Intel Atom processor, the conga-BA945 makes use of the more powerful Intel® 945GME chip set versus the Intel® 945GSE used on the conga-CA945. The Intel® 945GME chip set facilitates the parallel use of two memory modules, which allows the memory to be expanded to a maximum of 4GB and makes dual channel memory access possible. In terms of graphics performance alone, the performance increase thereby achieved is more than 50%. The Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 graphics controller integrated in the chip set can access up to 224 MB of video memory with a 10.6 GB/s bandwidth. Output for the two independent graphics channels can be via 2×24 bit LVDS, SDVO, TV-Out or analogue VGA. The conga-BA945 uses the EPI graphics standard and the VESA DisplayID definition for automatic recognition and configuration of flat panel displays.

In order to allow rapid system expansion, five PCI Express lanes, a PCI Express graphics slot (PEG 1×16), eight USB 2.0 ports, two serial ATA ports and the signals for two ExpressCards are provided. The range of functions is rounded off by a fan controller, the LPC bus for slow extensions and an HDA interface that can provide powerful digital audio.

Despite its highly respectable processing power, the maximum power dissipation of the conga-BA945 during practical operation is considerably less than 10W and it is therefore ideally suited for all mobile and fanless applications with high demands on graphics performance.

Pricing and Availability
The conga-BA945 is available now with evaluation unit pricing of US $362 each.

About congatec
congatec is an innovative and experienced manufacturer of embedded computer boards. The highly skilled employees have more than 200-manpower years of experience in the fast growing embedded computer industry. Based in Deggendorf, Germany, the company’s objective is to engineer and market industrial computer modules based on standard form factors. congatec’s products are available for all business segments and industries. Customers can be found in industrial control, medical, automotive supplies, aircraft and transportation fields. Typical applications are machine control, vending machines and visualization terminals. congatec’s main know-how includes the support of our embedded BIOS features, excellent driver support as well as full-featured board support packages. Customers receive complete product lifecycle support starting early during the design-in stage. congatec products are manufactured by specialized contract manufacturers who fulfill the latest quality standards.

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