New conga-EAF module from congatec provides broad scalability for ETX standard

AMD Fusion architecture guarantees best price/performance ratio

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Deggendorf, Germany, 01 August  2011 * * * congatec AG, a leading manufacturer of embedded computer modules, is guaranteeing a sustainable future and broad scalability for the ETX standard with the launch of the conga-EAF Computer-on-Module (COM). With a choice of seven AMD G-Series processors, the conga-EAF also offers the best price/performance ratio. Ranging from the AMD T56N 1.6 GHz Dual Core (L1 cache 64KB, L2 Cache 512KB x2, 18 W) multi-core processor to the AMD G-T40R 1.0 GHz (L1 cache 64KB, L2 cache 512KB, 5.5W) single-core processor with extremely low power consumption, the conga-EAF provides a perfect form-fit function setup for ETX. congatec is thereby granting all ETX applications a life-time extension into a second generation.

A particularly noteworthy benefit of the new COMs is native PCI support. ETX applications are based on this primary data bus and therefore continue to rely on unlimited data transfer for the connection of PCI peripherals. Direct native 32-bit PCI support from the chipset has substantial advantages with regard to PCI bus latency over comparable PCI Express bridge solutions.

The discontinuation of the Intel® 855 chipset family left a serious gap in the market for ETX computer modules. Processor manufacturer AMD has closed this gap with the introduction of its Fusion architecture which combines two previously separate computing functions – the CPU (Central Processing Unit) and the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) – into one Accelerated Processor Unit (APU). Fusion also opened up completely new perspectives for a wide range of innovative graphics-related applications.

The conga-EAF modules are equipped with the embedded controller hub Hudson E1 and provide a powerful and inexpensive compact two-chip solution with up to 4GB of single channel DDR3 memory.

The integrated graphics core with the Universal Video Decoder 3.0 for seamless Blu-ray processing via HDCP (1080p), MPEG-2, HD and DivX (MPEG-4) videos supports DirectX® 11 and OpenGL 4.0 for fast 2D and 3D imaging as well as OpenCL 1.1. The APU comes with two independent graphics controllers providing VESA-compliant video output with resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 pixels.

The conga-EAF supports 2 x Serial ATA interfaces, native 32-bit PCI (Rev. 2.3), 2 x EIDE, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, ISA bus, 2 x COM, PS/2, 10/100M Ethernet and high-definition audio. A choice of LVDS, CRT, DisplayPort, HDMI or DVI graphics interfaces is also provided.


The conga-EAF is available now in volume production.