congatec new rugged 13th Gen Intel Core COMs with soldered RAM

16th November 2023
Harry Fowle

congatec has introduced six new COM Express Compact Computer-on-Modules based on 13th Gen Intel Core processor featuring high ruggedness.

They are designed to withstand even extreme temperature ranges of -40°C to +85°C. Equipped with soldered RAM, the new COM Express Type 6 Computer-on-Modules provide full compliance for shock and vibration-resistant operation in harsh environments up to highest railway standards. Target OEM applications for the new range of Computer-on-Modules based on the new Intel microarchitecture codenamed Raptor Lake are manned and unmanned rail and off-road vehicles for mining, construction, agriculture, forestry, as well as any other mobility application off paved roads. Shock and vibration-resistant stationary devices and outdoor applications with high-temperature fluctuations are further important application areas as digitisation requires critical infrastructure protection (CIP) against earthquakes and other mission-critical events.

With up to 14 cores and 20 threads, seconded by ultra-fast LPDDR5x memory, the 13th Gen Intel Core processors deliver excellent parallel processing and multitasking options for connected outdoor, rail and off-road applications within optimised power-budgets. System designs will also become more sustainable due to improved performance-per-watt ratios and reduced power costs over their lifetime. These features are enabled by the Intel hybrid architecture, which is available for the first time in a highly rugged design and combines two core microarchitectures – Performance-cores (P-cores) and Efficient-cores (E-cores) – on a single processor. Moreover, the soldered LPDDR5x memory supports in-band error code correction (IBECC), so no special memory is needed for mission-critical applications requiring highest data integrity, which also reduces the components to be procured. Support for Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) and Time Coordinated Computing (TCC) complete the industrial-grade feature set.

The modules are supported by congatec’s high-performance ecosystem including highly efficient active and passive cooling solutions; optional conformal coating for protection against moisture, thermal shock, static, vibration, and contamination; evaluation carrier boards as well as the carrier board schematics. For virtual machine deployments and workload consolidation in edge computing scenarios customers can order the modules with pre-evaluated real-time hypervisor technology from Real-Time Systems. The hypervisor supports real-time operation and adds no additional latency. Additional service offerings including shock and vibration tests for custom system designs, temperature screening, and high-speed signal compliance testing, along with design-in services, and all required training sessions to simplify the use of congatec’s embedded computer technologies round-off the ecosystem.

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