congatec Inc. has launched the conga-EAF Computer-on-Module (COM) with the intention of guaranteeing a sustainable future and broad scalability for the ETX standard. With a choice of seven AMD G-Series processors, the conga-EAF also offers what the company states is the best price/performance ratio. Ranging from the AMD T56N 1.6 GHz Dual Core (L1 cache 64KB, L2 Cache 512KB x2, 18 W) multi-core processor to the AMD G-T40R 1.0 GHz (L1 cache 64KB, L2 cache 512KB, 5.5W) single-core processor, and with extremely low power consumption, the conga-EAF is designed to provide a form-fit function option for existing ETX designs.
The congatec EAF module works as a direct replacement for ETX design based upon the 855 chipsets. As ETX 855 solutions reach their end of life, designers can quickly and easily switch it out for the congatec EAF module, extending product lifecycle without requiring a re-design.
A particularly noteworthy benefit of the new COMs is native PCI support. ETX applications are based on this primary data bus and therefore continue to rely on unlimited data transfer for the connection of PCI peripherals. Direct native 32-bit PCI support from the chipset has substantial advantages with regard to PCI bus latency over comparable PCI Express bridge solutions.
The discontinuation of the Intel 855 chipset family left a serious gap in the market for ETX computer modules. Processor manufacturer AMD has closed this gap with the introduction of its Fusion architecture which combines two previously separate computing functions – the CPU (Central Processing Unit) and the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) – into one Accelerated Processor Unit (APU). Fusion also opened up new perspectives for a wide range of innovative graphics-related applications.
The conga-EAF modules are equipped with the embedded controller hub Hudson E1 and provide an inexpensive, compact two-chip solution with up to 4GB of single channel DDR3 memory.
The integrated graphics core with the Universal Video Decoder 3.0 for seamless Blu-ray processing via HDCP (1080p), MPEG-2, HD and DivX (MPEG-4) videos supports DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0 for fast 2D and 3D imaging as well as OpenCL 1.1. The APU comes with two independent graphics controllers providing VESA-compliant video output with resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 pixels.
The conga-EAF supports 2 x Serial ATA interfaces, native 32-bit PCI (Rev. 2.3), 2 x EIDE, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, ISA bus, 2 x COM, PS/2, 10/100M Ethernet and high-definition audio. A choice of LVDS, CRT, DisplayPort, HDMI or DVI graphics interfaces is also provided.
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The conga-EAF is available now in volume production. Pricing starts at $255.00.
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