COM Express Mini modules allow passive cooling

13th October 2015
Barney Scott

congatec AG extends its portfolio of credit card-sized computer modules by integrating the 14nm Intel Pentium and Celeron processors (codenamed Braswell) on COM Express Mini modules. The conga-MA4 module enhances performance density, however heat dissipation has been lowered to a SDP (Scenario Design Power) of 4W, enabling very compact, passively cooled system designs.

Comprehensive Microsoft Windows 10 support makes the COM Express Mini module suitable for system designs with state-of-the-art operating systems. The modules also make it easy to connect two 4k screens thanks to the powerful Intel Gen 8 graphics with up to 16 execution units. The high level of computing and graphics performance is complemented by a full set of COM Express Type 10-compliant interfaces. This makes the COM Express Mini modules a suitable choice for graphics-intense low-power applications requiring a small footprint.

Typical applications can be found in high-performance banking, vending and POS terminals. Additional uses could include medical imaging, compact diagnostic workstations as well as IoT-connected industrial controls and in extremely compact and robust box PCs and thin clients.

Users of the computer modules benefit from the high level of standardisation and scalability of the COM Express modules combined with congatec's extensive documentation, industry-grade driver implementations and customary personal integration support, which further simplifies the design-in effort. congatec supports its products with long-term availability of at least seven years including software support for security updates of UEFI and BSPs.

The conga-MA4 COM Express Mini Type 10 modules are equipped with 14nm Intel Pentium and Celeron processors with a 4W SDP (Scenario Design Power) or 6W TDP (Thermal Design Power), as well as up to 8GB of fast dual channel DDR3L 1600 RAM. The integrated Intel Gen 8 graphics enable applications with high quality visuals at resolutions of up to 4k with the latest 3D features i.e. DirectX 11.1 and OpenGL 4.2 on two screens.

The video engine provides judder-free decoding of H.265/HEVC compressed videos while offering maximum CPU offload and real time encoding of two 1080p H.264 video streams at 60Hz. Innovative, interactive applications with facial recognition and/or gesture control can also be supported through the optional feature connector, which allows direct connection of two CSI2 cameras.

The congatec computer modules support COM Express Type 10 pin-out with three PCI Express Gen 2.0 Lanes, one Gigabit Ethernet, two SATA 3.0, two USB 3.0, eight USB 2.0, two UART along with I²C, SPI, LPC and HD Audio. congatec's operating system support covers Linux distributions and Microsoft Windows variants - including Microsoft Windows 10. An extensive range of accessories that simplify design-in, such as heatsinks, carrier boards and starter kits as well as SMART battery management modules, round off congatec's offering.

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