Boards/Backplanes

Ceramic condensators boost Qseven module performance

11th May 2014
Mick Elliott

With the conga-QA3 DATA MODUL presents a new generation of Qseven modules from congatec. The module provides twice the performance over its predecessor plus an optimised product lifespan thanks to development with ceramic condensators. It comes in five different Intel Atom processor-based versions (formerly codenamed “Bay Trail”) for high scalability.

It ranges from the entry-level single-core Intel Atom processor E3815 with 1.46 GHz and a low power consumption of 5W, up to the quad-core Intel Atom processor E3845 with 1.91 GHz and 10W. 

The Qseven modules are each equipped with 2 GB of DDR3L memory and up to 16 GB eMMC for mass storage. Depending on which processor is used, versions with 8 GB of RAM are available. The integrated graphics are significantly more powerful than the previous model and support DirectX 11, OpenGL 3, OpenCL 1.2 and high-performance, flexible hardware decoding to decode even 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 also possible to connect up to two independent display interfaces via 2x 24-bit LVDS. 

Thanks to native USB 3.0 support, the modules achieve fast data transmission with low power consumption. One of the five provided USB 2.0 ports is executed as USB 3.0 SuperSpeed. 

Three PCI Express 2.0 lanes and two SATA interfaces with up to 3 Gb/s enable fast and flexible system extensions. The Intel Ethernet Controller I210 guarantees the best software compatibility. Completing the feature set is: MIPI camera interface, I2C bus, LPC bus for easy integration of legacy I/O interfaces and Intel High Definition Audio.

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