Tuesday, June 18, 2024

New Embedded Systems For Extreme Temperatures

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New modules come with 11th Gen Intel Core processors and are built for outdoor and in-vehicle applications

congatec has introduced six new Computer-on-Modules with 11th Gen Intel Core processors for the extended temperature range. Built with high-quality components designed to withstand extreme temperatures from -40 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius, the new COM-HPC and COM Express Type 6 Computer-on-Modules provide all features and services required for reliable operation in the most challenging environments.

The value package includes rugged passive cooling options, optional conformal coating for protection against corrosion due to moisture or condensation, a list of recommended carrier board schematics and suitable components for the extended temperature range for highest reliability. This impressive technical feature set is complemented by a comprehensive service offering that includes temperature screening, high-speed signal compliance testing along with design-in services and all training sessions required to simplify the use of congatec’s embedded computer technologies.

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Typical use cases for the new industrial-grade COM-HPC and COM Express modules can be found in any kind of rugged applications, outdoor edge devices and in-vehicle installations, which increasingly leverage embedded vision and artificial intelligence (AI) functions for which congatec provides extensive support as well. Typical verticals are industrial automation, railway and transportation, smart infrastructure including mission-critical applications such as the energy, oil and gas sector, mobile ambulance equipment, telecommunication, or security and video surveillance, to name just a few.

Optimal for diverse temperatures

Based on the new low-power high-density Tiger Lake SoCs, the new modules for wide temperature environments offer significantly greater CPU performance and nearly 3x higher GPU performance, along with state-of-the-art PCIe Gen4 and USB4 support. The most demanding graphics and compute workloads benefit from up to 4 cores, 8 threads and up to 96 graphics execution units for massively parallel processing throughput in an ultra-rugged shape. The integrated graphics can be used as a parallel processing unit for convolutional neural networks (CNN) or as an AI and deep learning accelerator. Using the Intel OpenVINO software toolkit that includes optimized calls for OpenCV, OpenCL kernels and other industry tools and libraries, workloads can be extended across CPU, GPU and FPGA compute units to accelerate AI workloads, including computer vision, audio, speech, language and recommendation systems.

The TDP is scalable from 12W to 28W, enabling truly immersive 4k UHD system designs with passive cooling only. The impressive performance of the ultra-rugged conga-HPC/cTLU COM-HPC module and the conga-TC570 COM Express Type 6 module has been made available in a real-time capable design and also includes real-time hypervisor support from Real-Time Systems for virtual machine deployments and workload consolidation in edge computing scenarios.

“Services and support are absolutely key for standard-based products. That’s why we complement our rugged product offering for all the new edge applications in challenging environments with a comprehensive ecosystem for each product. This includes optimization for real-time computing – including support for Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), Time Coordinated Computing (TCC) and RTS Realtime Systems Hypervisor, remote management support and finally all required signal compliance services as high-speed signalling with PCIe Gen 4 and USB4 is a serious challenge these days, making carrier board design tasks increasingly complex,” explains Andreas Bergbauer, Product Line Manager at congatec.

The feature set in detail

The conga-HPC/cTLU COM-HPC Client Size A module, as well as the conga-TC570 COM Express Compact module will be available with new scalable 11th Gen Intel Core processors for extreme temperatures ranging from -40 to +85°C. Both modules are the first to support PCIe x4 in Gen 4 performance to connect peripherals with massive bandwidth. Also, designers can leverage 8x PCIe Gen 3.0 x1 lanes. Where the COM-HPC module offers latest 2x USB 4.0, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 and 8x USB 2.0, the COM Express module offers 4x USB 3.2 Gen 2 and 8x USB 2.0 in compliance to the PICMG specification. For networking, the COM-HPC module offers 2x 2.5 GbE, whereas the COM Express module executes 1x GbE, with both supporting TSN. Sound is provided via I2S and SoundWire in the COM-HPC version and HDA on the COM Express modules. Comprehensive board support packages are provided for all leading RTOS, including hypervisor support from Real-Time Systems as well as Linux, Windows and Android.

The two 11th Gen Intel Core processor-based COM-HPC and COM Express Compact Type 6 modules are available in the following extended temperature range options:


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