congatec cuts COM Express board in half

congatec cuts COM Express board in half

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The COM Express Mini Type 10 module, designed in the US for the German board maker, measures just 55 x 84 mm and uses Intel’s Atom E3800 ‘Bay Trail’ series of processors.
The conga-MA3 comes in four different Intel Atom processor-based versions, ranging from the entry-level single-core Intel Atom E3815 with 1.46 GHz and a power consumption of 5 watts, up to the quad-core Intel Atom E3845 with 1.91 GHz and 10 watts maximum power consumption, all with an L2 cache shared by multiple cores and faster Intel HD graphics engine than the previous generation. With teh smaller board size, the lower thermal envelope is a key consideration for system architects.
The Type 10 module pinout is a refresh of Type 1 and uses the single 220 pin A-B connector to take advantage of modern display interfaces. The conga‑MA3 can support either TMDS (HDMI/DVI) or DisplayPort as well as one LVDS channel.
"We are very excited about our first congatec design to come from the Americas’ design center in Boca Raton, Florida. The COM Express Type 10 specification is a popular module form factor throughout the Americas and truly helps to round out congatec’s global product offering," said Dan Demers, Director of Marketing for congatec in the Americas.

The conga-MA3 COM Express Mini module provides up to 8 GByte of fast DDR3L onboard memory with options for onboard eMMC as well. The eMMC supports an integrated wear levelling feature for high data security. The improved graphics supports DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL 1.2 and high-performance, flexible hardware to decode multiple high-resolution full HD videos in parallel. Up to 2,560 x 1,600 pixels with DisplayPort and 1,920 x 1,200 pixels with HDMI are natively supported in the processor. It is possible to connect up to two independent display interfaces, including one via a 24-bit LVDS output.
With native USB 3.0 support, the modules achieve fast data transmission with low power consumption. A total of seven USB 2.0 ports are provided, and one USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port is supported. Four 5 Gb/s PCI Express 2.0 lanes and two SATA interfaces operating up to 3 Gb/s enable fast and flexible system extensions. The Intel Gigabit Ethernet Controller I210 helps with software compatibility. ACPI 5.0, I2C bus, LPC bus for easy integration of legacy I/O interfaces and Intel High Definition Audio complete the feature set.

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