Compact modular platform to support Intel-based applications

25th February 2016
Enaie Azambuja

With MSys, TQ is presenting an extremely compact and modular platform for Intel-based embedded PC applications and gateways. With outer dimensions of only 10x10 cm², the hardware kit can be easily integrated into cost-effective 100 mm standard housing solutions. The four attachment points are defined to conform to the embedded NUC standard (SGeT, SDT.03). This extends the combination area to the complete eNUC-Eco system.

The optimum cooling connection is ensured by the integrated heatspreader. This way, passively cooled systems can be realised in a simple way. In addition to the hardware kits, the MSys product range also includes complete solutions on the basis of pre-defined and flexibly adaptable housings. With this, TQ is aiming at projects for which the equipment is tailored to the respective customer application.

At the heart, TQ’s own COM Express Mini CPU modules are used, which enable large scalability in relation to processing and graphics performance with simultaneously low power loss. Equipped with 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB (3.0/2.0), 2x RS232 and two Mini-DisplayPort monitor outputs, the platform is flexibly implementable: The areas of application extend from industry to measuring technology, right up to visualisation and Ruggedised Digital Signage.

Additional interfaces (for example, field buses such as CAN, DeviceNet, PorfiNet, LIN and LON) and radio solutions (WLAN, Bluetooth, 2G/3G/LTE, EnOcean) can be flexibly upgraded using Mini-PCIe modules. Application examples for this are IoT Edge gateways, which connect a locally self-contained M2M infrastructure with the world of the Internet.

Topics such as security and device management are supported by integrated hardware-supported security and monitoring components, such as TPM 1.2/2.0, SafeNets Sentinel HL Security Controller and Cinterion 2G/3G/LTE IoT-ready Modems by Gemalto.

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