µQseven modules pack performance into tiny footprint

25th September 2015
Barney Scott

congatec is extending its product portfolio for the most popular Qseven standard by now offering COMs in the 40x70mm sub-credit-card µQseven format. The first flagship module of this next-gen mini form factor is the conga-UMX6 with ARM Cortex A9-based Freescale i.MX 6 processors. It caters to applications in harsh environments, which require compact low-power designs, appealing multimedia and computing performance.

Applications benefit from the conga-UMX6 µQseven computer modules’ ARM-consistent, long-term availability of 10+ years, high performance-per-watt with a typical power consumption of just 3.5W, plus the extended temperature support of -40 to +85°C.

The feature set of the application-ready congatec µQseven modules is tailored for traffic systems, in-vehicle systems, small size PLCs, parking ticket machines and any other embedded or IoT application that requires a space-saving design and low power consumption.

Users of the µQseven computer modules benefit from the high level of standardization and scalability of this form factor, which enables very small and flat designs. In addition, congatec’s extensive documentation, industry-grade driver implementations and experienced personal integration support help OEMs to integrate this processor technology very fast and efficiently into their individual applications. Users already deploying Qseven designs can immediately test the µQseven modules, thanks to their pin compatibility with Qseven modules.

The conga-UMX6 µQseven modules from congatec are equipped with ARM Cortex A9-based Freescale i.MX 6 SoCs, which boast a long-term availability of at least 10 years and range from 1GHz single- to dual-core performance plus up to 1GB of robust soldered memory. With OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0 and OpenVG 1.1, the integrated high performance graphics support appealing 2D and 3D applications with up to WUXGA resolutions (1920x1200). Thanks to hardware-accelerated video processing, the modules decode 1080p videos at 60Hz in real time and encode up to two 720p videos. Two independent displays get connection via two LVDS or alternatively via one LVDS and one HDMI 1.4. The support of the I2S bus ensures jitter-free, high-quality audio transmission. For application and data storage, the module has one SATA and an optional 32GB SSD.

To connect application-specific I/Os, the congatec µQseven modules provide one PCI Express 2.0, five USB 2.0, one Gbit Ethernet and one CAN Bus to the carrier board. The module integrated board management controller offers - amongst other things - watchdog timer and power loss control, as well as support of monitoring, management and maintenance features for distributed IoT installations. Board Support Packages (BSPs) are available for Android and all common Linux distributions as well as Windows Embedded Compact 7. All BSPs are fully released and available for download at congatec’s GIT-server.

Orders can now be placed for the congatec conga-UMX6 modules as well as an extensive range of accessories to simplify design-ins – i. e. heatsinks, carrierboards and starter kits as well as ADD2 cards and SMART battery management modules.

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