congatec looks to acquisitions after private equity sale

congatec looks to acquisitions after private equity sale

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By Nick Flaherty

German embedded board maker congatec is looking at acquisitions after the completion of its sale to a private equity group in Frankfurt, Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG).

“The majority of the congatec shares now belong to DBAG and employees,” said Christian Eder, director of marketing standing in for CEO Jason Carlson at the virtual electronica trade show.

“This provides finance for mergers and acquisitions and with this we can really accelerate our growth organically and by acquisition with more possibilities to bring the company forward,” he said. “The pandemic boosts a lot of digitisation projects here with Industry 4.0 and IoT so it’s a great chance for the IT world and together with DB AG we are confident we can take advantage of this.”

Part of this is the launch of a Type 6 COM Express board using the latest 7nm processor from AMD aimed at the ‘rugged fog computing’ market. This is the layer behind edge computing to provide more processing power. The conga-TCV2 board uses the AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 processor with six to eight cores, doubling performance within the existing thermal envelope. This has a ten year product life as part of the embedded programme.

“With up to 16 threads, high performance embedded system designs at the edge can now execute twice as many tasks at given TDP ranges, which is great news for edge computing as more and more parallel tasks occur at the edge. It is also impressive to see integrated graphics performance continues to offer outstanding 3D graphics quality on up to four independent 4k60 displays. All this comes in scalable TDP classes ranging from 54 Watt down to extremely low-power configurations consuming as little as 10W,” said Martin Danzer, Director of Product Management at congatec.

The supported hypervisor and operating systems include RTS Hypervisor as well as Microsoft Windows 10, Linux/Yocto, Android Q and Wind River VxWorks. For safety-critical applications, the integrated AMD Secure Processor helps with hardware-accelerated encryption and decryption of RSA, SHA and AES.

This follows the launch of 10nm Intel processors on boards based on the coming COM-HPC standard. The standard has gone out to the PICMG standards group for comments over the next six week. Then there will be six weeks to resolve any IP issues in the standard, says Eder. He is confident that the standard will not change.

“We did a freeze of the pinout seven months ago and there have only been minor changes since and most of the changes will be in software,” he said. “The specification is out to the workgroup but in the end it’s a matter for the work group to accept any changes but we have spent two years of intense work with a lot of energy behind the signal integrity for PCI Express Gen5 and beyond, so I am pretty confident it won’t change but there is no guarantee.”

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