10nm processors power five edge formats

September 24, 2020 // By Nick Flaherty
congatec has launched five different types of boards and modules using Intel's latest 10nm processors for low power real time edge computing
congatec has launched five different types of boards and modules using Intel's 10nm Elkhart Lake processors for low power real time edge computing

congatec in Germany has launched Intel's latest 10nm low power processor five embedded form factors for real time edge computing.

The Atom  x6000E Series processors, Intel Celeron and Pentium N & J Series processors (code named “Elkhart Lake”) will be available on SMARC, Qseven, COM Express Compact and Mini Computer-on-Modules as well as Pico-ITX Single Board Computers (SBCs) with power envelopes from 6W to 12W.

The boards and modules provide twice the graphics performance for up to three simultaneous displays running at 4kp60 and a 50 percent more multi-thread computing power compared to their predecessors on up to 4 cores. These add Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), Intel Time Coordinated Computing (Intel TCC) and Real Time Systems (RTS) hypervisor support as well as BIOS configurable ECC and extended temperature options from -40°C to +85°C.

“The combination of rugged real-time operation, real-time connectivity and real-time hypervisor technologies is what we need for IoT-connected industrial applications. Our boards and modules with the new Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium processors deliver massive improvements in this respect for the automation and control markets, ranging from distributed process controls in smart energy grids to smart robotics, or PLCs and CNCs for discrete manufacturing. Further real-time applications can be found in test and measurement as well as in transportation such as train and wayside systems or connected autonomous vehicles,” explains Jürgen Jungbauer, Senior Product Line Manager at congatec. “Mission critical applications will also benefit from more cost-efficient ECC implementations as In-band Error Correction Code allows the use of more affordable conventional memory instead of dedicated ECC RAM.”

congatec is at pains to point out that the boards can also be used for non-real-time application such as POS, kiosk and digital signage systems as well as distributed gaming and lottery terminals, to name just a few installations requiring remote machine-to-machine communication.

“The Internet of Things spans an array of devices, technologies, and applications, each with unique demands that often

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