congatec Rolls Out conga-CAx Extended Temperature Module

congatec AG enhances its successful COM Express[tm] product family with the introduction of the conga-CAx, which utilizes the new industrial temperature versions of the ultra-low-power Intel® Atom[tm] processor Z5xx series and the Intel® System Controller Hub US15WPT. The complete design of this compact (95x95mm) COM Express compatible module is geared around low-power consumption and the industrial temperature range. All components used for this high density design are specified for an ambient temperature range of -40° to +85°C. Typical power requirements for this module are less than 5 Watts. When combined with ACPI 3.0 battery management, ultra-mobile industrial applications are now possible.

The congatec In-Vehicle Infotainment starter kit is a typical application for the conga-CAx given that automotive applications always require extended temperature components. Due to its small size, low power consumption and 2 GByte onboard IDE flash disc, the conga-CAx is also suitable for industrial applications such as PLC devices.

Gerhard Edi, CEO of congatec AG stated, “Thanks to the new extended temperature versions of the Intel® Atom[tm] processors, as well as the low power characteristics, we are now able to address new types of mobile and embedded applications.”

“Intel has extended our low-power Intel Atom processor Z5xx series platform to offer an industrial temperature range,” said Jonathan Luse, Director of Marketing, Low Power Embedded Products Division, Intel. “This allows our customers to create modules that can be used in existing systems that need the industrial temperature range features for applications used in unconstrained thermal environments.”

The conga-CAx is available in two different CPU variants. One version is powered by the Intel® Atom[tm] processor Z510PT with 1.1 GHz and 400 MHz front side and memory bus. The other version features the1.33 GHz Intel® Atom[tm] processor Z520PT. Both variants are equipped with 512k L2 cache and can access up to 1 GByte of rugged onboard soldered DDR2 RAM.

The Intel® System Controller Hub US15WPT has an integrated Intel® Graphics Memory Accelerator 500 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 through 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-CAx also offers a rich connectivity feature-set. This includes up to 2 PCI Express x1 lanes, PCI Bus, EIDE interface, Gigabit Ethernet, High Definition Audio and 8 USB ports. The onboard IDE flash drive provides up to 2 GByte of mass storage and is also specified for the full industrial temperature range.

Pricing and Availability
The conga-CAx will be available mid-2009. The single unit price of the basic variant based on the Intel® Atom[tm] processor Z510PT with 1.1 GHz is US $450 + tax.

About congatec AG
Based in Deggendorf Germany, congatec AG is an innovative and experienced manufacturer of Qseven, 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 fulfil the latest quality standards.

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