64-bit compute modules cut costs with Atom x5-E8000

February 12, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
congatec has equipped a series of boards and modules with a 64 bit quadcore Intel Atom processor, lower the price threshold for powerful x86 computing

congatec (Deggendorf, Germany) has added cost-effective versions of its existing COM Express and Qseven modules as well as Mini-ITX boards, all with the long-term available Intel Atom x5-E8000 processor. This 64bit quadcore processor, the company says, lowers the entry threshold of powerful x86 computing and, “offers developers a true alternative to competing platforms based on ARM technology.”

"Our new Mini-ITX boards and COM Express and Qseven modules open up new perspectives to developers: The Intel Atom x5-E8000 processor with a 7 year availability brings us into price regions for 64bit x86 processors which compete with corresponding quadcore ARM processors. At the same time, developers can stay in their familiar and proven x86 ecosystem which has evolved over decades and thus they can achieve enormous gains in design efficiency," adds Martin Danzer, director product management at congatec.

The integrated quadcore SoC, a processor TDP of 5W and a SDP of 4W, deliver high multi-thread performance for applications in the lower performance segment. This plays an important role, for example, in IoT applications, which have to execute an array of additional tasks alongside their actual application such as de- and encrypting, virus protection and network traffic.

congatec uses 1.04 GHz Intel Atom x5-E8000 processor with a burst frequency of up to 2.00 GHz on its conga-QA4 Qseven, conga-MA4 COM Express Mini and conga-TCA4 COM Express Compact modules as well as on its industrial-grade Thin Mini-ITX board conga-IA4. These all feature up to 8 GB of DDR3L RAM with 1600 MT/sec. The integrated Intel HD Graphics Gen 8 supports DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL 1.2 for up to three independent displays via DisplayPort or HDMI with up to 4k resolutions (3.840 x 2.160 pixel) as well as LVDS or eDP. Thanks to hardware acceleration 4k video playback in real time is practical.

For application and data storage 2x SATA 3.0 are available. For application-specific I/Os they offer PCI Express 2.0, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 as well as SDIO plus Gbit Ethernet. Audio signals can be transmitted via Intel HD Audio, plus, two inexpensive MIPI HD cameras (on Qseven) can be connected.

congatec offers Board Support Packages (BSPs) for Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7, Windows embedded 8 and 7 as well as for all popular Linux distributions.

congatec; www.congatec.com (individual product page links, next page)