Congatec releases modular edge server carrier board in Micro-ATX form factor

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Congatec releases modular edge server carrier board in Micro-ATX form factor

Congatec, an embedded and edge technology vendor, announced the release of its modular Micro-ATX form factor carrier board.  With a COM-HPC carrier board interface, it allows users to add high-end computer modules to the platform for more adaptable and sustainable hardware designs. The company says the high-performance COM-HPC carrier boards will be available for at least seven years, reducing design risks and supply chain uncertainties.

Congatec’s carrier board is designed for embedding a wide range of processor modules, from 12th Gen Intel core processor-based COM-HPC module to the Intel Celeron 7305E processor module. The hardware offers different performance levels for exploring edge computing capabilities for industrial workstations. The carrier boards can provide improved performance flexibility and integrated security features. The vendor-independent flexibility enables OEMs to choose from different available COM-HPC modules to leverage extra performance metrics.

“Industrial applications need longer life cycles than three to five years to reduce the NRE costs and to maximize the return on investment of dedicated systems. Being able to switch the processor performance to any future option without the need to rebuild the entire system is thus a huge advantage for many industries,” said Martin Danzer, director of product management at Congatec.

With a faster time to market, Congatec’s carrier boards allow engineers to design and prototype next-gen high-performance embedded and edge computing applications. The company’s conga-HPC/uATX carrier board serves various industries, including industrial environments, the healthcare sector, real-time edge controllers, and control room systems. The carrier board has the latest interfaces for connecting high-end COM-HPC modules based on desktop processors.

To achieve high performance, the hardware platform is optimized with eight performance cores and eight low-power efficient cores. These cores tightly integrate with DDR5 memory support to execute multi-thread applications and background tasks. On the software side, the carrier board supports Windows ML, Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit and Chrome Cross ML for AI inference. Optimized P-cores, E-cores, and GPU execution units handle complicated AI workloads. Additionally, the built-in Intel Deep Learning boost technology employs various cores via Vector Neural Network Instructions (VNNI), and the integrated graphics can execute AI accelerated DP4a GPU instructions that may be scaled to dedicated GPUs.

Congatec says it has invested significantly in the functional safety of embedded computing platforms for various use cases, including industrial automation and robotics. Here, functional safety refers to the ability to minimize risks by incorporating safe edge systems into normal operation. At the same time, the company and S.I.E announced the deployment of multiple service offerings for IT/OT systems across the medical edge computing and healthcare sector.

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