The conga-TM77 from congatec Inc. is a new COM Express module with a significant improvement in computing performance combined with enhanced energy efficiency. The crucial innovations in the 3rd generation Intel Core processors relate to the construction, with 3D Tri-Gate transistors and 22 nanometer technology, plus a more powerful integrated graphics core. The type 6 pinout and 3x digital display interfaces provide better display options and increased bandwidths with extra PCI Express lanes.
The TM77 is fitted with 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3612QE (4 × 2.1 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache memory, TDP 35W) and Intel Core i7-3615QE (4 × 2.3 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache memory, TDP 45W) processors along with the Mobile Intel HM76 Express chipset. The module has native USB 3.0 support and the fast dual channel DDR3-1600 MHz memory, providing up to 16 GB. The newly integrated Intel HD4000 graphics core is equipped with over 16 execution units, performs up to 50 percent better than its predecessors, and can control up to three displays independently of each other.
The TM77 also provides an Intel Flexible Display Interface (FDI), DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1, OpenCL 1.1, as well as a high performance MPEG-2 hardware decoding unit in order to decode multiple high-resolution, full HD videos in parallel.
OpenCL is a powerful programming environment with which computing tasks can be distributed and processed in a variety of processor systems involving a number of hardware units. Multiple parallel execution is possible in a single step (SIMD=Single Instruction Multiple Data), so that it can support the classic parallel computer architecture as well. .
In addition to VGA and LVDS, the module has three digital display interfaces, each of which can be configured for DisplayPort (DP), HDMI, or DVI. This ensures a maximum of three independent displays for applications in the medical, automation and gaming industries.
With the first native USB 3.0 support for the module, data transfer is considerably faster, energy consumption lower, and simultaneous sending and receiving of data is possible. Eight USB ports are provided, three of those are capable of USB 3.0 Superspeed operation.
Seven PCI Express 2.0 lanes, PCI Express graphics 3.0 (PEG) × 16 lanes for high-performance external graphics cards, four SATA interfaces with up to 6 GB/s and RAID support, an EIDE and a gigabit Ethernet interface facilitate fast and flexible system expansions. Fan control, an LPC bus for simple connection of legacy I/O interfaces and the Intel high definition audio round off the comprehensive range of features.
The congatec board controller provides an extensive embedded PC feature set. The independent x86 processor makes functions such as system monitoring or the I²C bus faster and more reliable, even if the system is in standby mode.
The matching evaluation carrier board for COM Express type 6 is also available, so that all the new features can be tested with ease.
Pricing and Availability The conga-TM77 is available immediately and prices start at less than $1,000 in single unit quantities.
Join our online Radio Show on Friday 11th July starting at 2:00pm Eastern, when EETimes editor of all things fun and interesting, Max Maxfield, and embedded systems expert, Jack Ganssle, will debate as to just what is, and is not, and embedded system.