Graphics-rich low-power Mini-ITX boards with SoC integrated AMD Radeon graphics and configurable TDP for industrial-grade system designs
Deggendorf, Germany, July 21, 2015 * * * congatec AG, a leading technology company for embedded computer modules, single board computers (SBCs) and embedded design and manufacturing (EDM) services, announces the expansion of its industrial-grade Mini-ITX motherboard portfolio with two highly efficient low-power conga-IGX variants that are based on the Gen 2 AMD Embedded G-Series SoC processor (codenamed "Steppe Eagle") and feature powerful SoC integrated AMD Radeon graphics.
The new low-power motherboards are widely scalable with a TDP ranging between 5 and 15 watts max. The powerful AMD Radeon graphics offers, among other benefits, support for up to two independent displays and up to 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution. A particularly efficient feature is the configurable TDP, which makes it possible to optimize the cooling, the power supply and the entire system costs depending on the specific application.
Like all other Mini-ITX motherboards from congatec, the new Gen 2 AMD Embedded G-Series SoC processor boards demonstrate their industrial-grade design, from component selection and PCB layout for maximum reliability; support for I/O, IoT, drivers and design-in; to flexible batch sizes and long-term availability, which in the case of the conga-IGX Mini-ITX boards is 7 years.
The new Mini-ITX motherboards are used primarily in applications that require powerful graphics for cost-efficient low-power devices. congatec expects the new boards to address applications in a broad range of computing sectors such as retail, digital signage and gaming as well as medical imaging, vision systems and industrial automation.
The feature set in detail
The new Gen 2 AMD Embedded G-Series SoC processor boards are available as a powerful 2.2 GHz dual-core variant (10/15 W max. configurable TDP) or a 4x 1.2 GHz quad-core platform (5/7 W max. configurable TDP) that is optimized for multiprocessing. Thanks to the integrated next-generation AMD Radeon R5E/R3E graphics core, the new boards also offer high-performance 4K graphics support including DirectX11.1 and OpenGL 4.2. Up to two displays can be controlled independently via DisplayPort 1.2, DVI or LVDS. The boards further support OpenCL™ 1.2, which enables the GPU to process compute-intensive parallel tasks faster and more efficiently than the CPU.
Board expansion options include a PCIe x4 Gen 2.0 slot, 1x Mini PCIe, 2x USB 3.0, and 6x USB 2.0. A special socket for commercially available USB sticks enables inexpensive and easy expansion of applications to add WLAN, mobile connectivity or security mechanisms (dongles). For the realization of IoT connectivity, the boards provide 2x Gigabit LAN. Two serial ports plus PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard underline the industrial-grade standard of the new conga-IGX boards. Stereo audio inputs and outputs complete the feature set.