COM Express module targeted at full-featured mobile applications - Embedded.com

COM Express module targeted at full-featured mobile applications

Munich, Germany – Congatec continues to enhance its COM Express product family with the unveiling of the economically priced conga CA945 module. It features the Intel Atom processor N270 and the full-featured Mobile Intel 945GSE Express chipset in conjunction with the Intel I/O Controller Hub 7-M. The complete design of this compact (95x95mm) COM Express module delivers high performance-per-watt at optimized price levels. The total thermal design power (TDP) of the processor/chipset combination is only 8 Watts, making applications that typically require less than 5 Watts ideal for this module. Combining this low power consumption with ACPI 3.0 battery management also provides the ability to create fully-featured mobile embedded applications.

Conga-CA945 COM Express module features enhanced power management

The conga-CA945 supports three PCI Express Lanes, eight USB 2.0 ports, two serial ATA, two Express Cards, one IDE Interface and Intel High Definition Audio. Additionally, it features a 32-Bit PCI bus, multi master IC bus, LPC bus, fan control and Gigabit Ethernet. A DDR2 SODIMM socket allows for flexible memory configuration up to 2 GBytes in size.

The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, which is integrated within the Mobile Intel 945GSE Express chipset, allows for more than 10 GB/s bandwidth to a maximum of 224 MByte video memory allocation to provide power-efficient 32-bit 3D graphics. Both independent graphic pipelines can use either dual-channel LVDS, single SDVO or analog VGA. The conga-CA945 implements the Embedded Panel Interface (EPI) and the VESA DisplayID standard allowing for automatic recognition of the attached flat panel display.

All congatec modules are equipped with an embedded BIOS and a board controller that enhances embedded features such as system monitoring, watchdog timer and the IC bus. With the ability to isolate itself from the main x86 processor these features are also made available in stand-by mode hence promoting further power saving functionality. In addition to enhanced power management, the congatec Embedded BIOS supports ACPI 3.0 with battery management.

First samples of the conga-CA945 will be available at the end of November 2008.

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