The module is intended to help make 3.5-inch SBC designs modular. It has been optimized for 5th Gen Apollo Lake Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium processors, and future low power x86 generations. The slot for SMARC 2.1 processor modules is intended to make the board processor independent and add scalability. The carrier’s PCB design has fewer layer and is therefore less complex and expensive than a full-custom design. The carrier board allows fast customization. Adding or deleting specific interfaces is fast, easy and cost efficient. The service is offered from lot sizes of around 500 boards per year.
The small SMARC 2.1 carrier board in 3.5-inch form factor features an audio codec and USB-C implementation specifically optimized for Intel Atom processors. It is also optimized for MIPI cameras, which can be connected, thanks to two MIPI-CSI 2.0 connectors. It is possible to develop three-dimensional vision systems.
The conga-SMC1/SMARC-x86 SMARC 2.1 carrier board is scalable across the entire Intel Apollo Lake processor range, from Intel Atom (E3950, E3940 and E3930) to Celeron (N3350) and Pentium (N4200) processors. With a footprint of only 146 x 102 mm, the carrier board features dual GbE, 5x USB and USB hub support, as well as SATA 3. For custom expansions, the board has a miniPCIe slot and an M.2 Type E E2230 slot with I2S, PCIe and USB, and an M.2 Type B B2242/2280 with 2x PCIe and 1x USB. An integrated MicroSim slot sits besides embedded interfaces like 4x UART, 2x CAN, 8x GPIO, I2C and SPI. Displays can be connected via HDMI, LVDS/eDP/DP and MIPI-DSI.
The board comes with full Windows and RTS hypervisor support. congatec also offers precompiled binaries with a suitably configured bootloader, appropriately compiled Linux, Yocto and Android images, and all required drivers on GitHub.