congatec AG recently announced the extremely low power consuming conga-CA COM Express board. The conga-CA features the Intel Atom processor Z500 series and the Intel System Controller Hub US15W. The complete design of the compact (95x95mm, 3¾x3¾”) sized COM Express module is geared around low power consumption. Typical power requirements for this module will be less than 5 Watts. When combined with ACPI 3.0 battery management, ultra mobile embedded applications are now possible. The conga-CA will be available starting in July 2008. The single unit price of the economy model, based on the Intel Atom processor Z510 with 1.1 GHz, is $320 U.S.
The conga-CA supports up to two PCI Express Lanes, eight USB 2.0, two Serial ATA, one IDE Interface and Intel High Definition Audio. Two onboard SDIO sockets allow for flexible expansion. Additionally, it features PCI bus, multi master I²C bus, LPC bus, fan control and Gigabit Ethernet.
The conga-CA is available in two different CPU variants. The conga-CA eco version is powered by the Intel Atom processor Z510 with 1.1 GHz and 400 MHz front side and memory bus. The high end version is powered by the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor Z530 with 533 MHz front side and memory bus. Both versions are equipped with 512k L2 cache and can access up to 1 GByte onboard DDR2 memory.
The Intel System Controller Hub US15W features the Intel GMA500 graphics engine. This 3D capable onboard graphics utilizes up to 256 MByte frame buffer and supports DirectX 9.0E and OpenGL 2.0. It also enhances video playback applications with the use of MPEG2 and MPEG4 hardware decoding. Graphic output provides either a 1×24 Bit LVDS channel or a single SDVO port. The conga-CA implements the EPI (Embedded Panel Interface) standard allowing for automatic recognition of the attached flat panel display. Support for the new VESA standard named ‘DisplayID’ will also be provided.
All congatec modules are equipped with an embedded BIOS and a board controller that enhance embedded features such as system monitoring, watchdog timer and the I²C bus. With the ability to isolate itself from the main x86 processor, these features are also available in stand-by mode, hence promoting further power saving functionality.
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