Low-power motherboard allows for easy customisation

17th November 2014
Source: congatec
Posted By : Barney Scott
Low-power motherboard allows for easy customisation


congatec has introduced its first industrial Thin Mini-ITX motherboard, the conga-IC87. Based on 4th gen Intel Core single-chip processors (codenamed Haswell), the motherboard features a low power consumption of just 15W TDP and long-term availability of seven or more years.

The flat design of Thin Mini-ITX, measuring 25mm in height with I/O-Shield, enables flat housings, such as those required for panel PCs. congatec aims to provide high-quality SBCs which can be customised to address common embedded requirements such as BIOS modifications, boot screen implementation, and compatibility for special displays and OSs. The professional SBC in Thin Mini-ITX form factor combines congatec's experience in integrating computer modules for harsh industrial applications with high-volume SBC production economy of scale.

The Core i-series processors support AES-NI hardware encryption and AVX2 accelerated vector multiplications. The i5 and i7 processors also support Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 clock speed acceleration, AMT9.5 management functions and trusted execution technology.

While the Intel Celeron HD Gen7 graphics only support standard features, the powerful HD4400 (i3, i5) and HD5000 (i7) graphics enable demanding processing, up to frequencies of 1000 (Celeron, i3) and 1100MHz (i5, i7). All processors support three independent displays with up to 3840x2160 resolution at 60Hz via DisplayPort and 4096x2304 at 24Hz, as well as 1920x1200 at 60Hz via HDMI. It also supports full 4K resolution with 3840x2160px for the Core i-series. The hardware supports or directly accelerates DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL 1.2 plus flexible hardware decoding to decode multiple high-resolution full HD videos in parallel. Two DisplayPort connections (DP++) are located on the back of the board; in compliance with the Thin Mini-ITX specification, an additional DisplayPort (eDP) and 2x24-bit LVDS can be realised via an internal DISP connector.

The two SODIMM sockets can be equipped with up to 16GB SODIMM DDR3L memory. Four USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports (backward compatible with USB 2.0) are directly available on the I/O shield, four more USB 2.0 ports can be connected via an internal interface. A total of two 5Gb/s PCI Express 2.0 lanes can be used as 1x mPCIe Half Size, 1x PCIe Full Size (shared with PCIe x1 and mSATA) and 1x PCIe x1 (shared with mSATA/mPCIe). Four SATA interfaces with up to 6Gb/s, plus a mini PCIe and SIM card slot, allow quick and flexible system extensions. Two Intel I210 Gigabit Ethernet controllers each provide one Gigabit Ethernet LAN access via the two RJ45 sockets. ACPI 5.0, I2C bus and LPC bus allow easy integration of legacy I/O interfaces. An optional security module, real-time clock, Intel HD audio and a universal power source with 12-19V (optional 6-24V) complete the feature set.

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