Congatec will present tiny servers at Embedded World 2019 in Nuremburg next month.
It has squeezed an Intel Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake) onto a 146 x 102mm board (nominally 3.5inch).
“Compared to similar processors of the Kaby Lake U generation, the soldered Intel Core i7 processor of the 8th generation Whiskey Lake family offers quad core instead of dual core support at the same power consumption, and therefore up to 40% more multi-thread performance,” said the firm. “Commercial variants with the same power consumption also provide Intel Optane memory support for ultra-fast responsiveness.”
USB 3.1 Gen 2 is supported at 10Gbit/s and there is an integrated USB-C connector with both power delivery and graphics transmission.
Clock rates extend to 4.6GHz and power is 15W, so “these boards can achieve a performance that about four years ago was only found in actively cooled monster laptops consuming 60W or more”, said Congatec.
Conga-B7E3A is second small server, this time on a 125 x 95mm COM Express Type 7 module fitted with an AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processor, operating at up to 100W. “The modules bring true server-class performance to an embedded module form factor, which currently supports up to 96Gbyte of on-board memory with 4x 10Gbit Ethernet and up to 32 PCIe lanes – it can connect with up to four MXM-based GPGPU cards for artificial intelligence systems.
“Expectations for even more server-on-module performance in the future have already been set,” said the firm. “The COM-HD working group of the PICMG shared initial information at SPS/IPC/Drives on a new COM Express module standard, which will be designed for even faster high-speed interfaces, such as 30Gbit Ehternet, PCIe Gen 4 and 5, and which will also provide significantly more interfaces.
Part of the Congatec stand at Embedded World will be set aside for vision and AI projects, including a cooperation with Basler, where an ARM i.MX8 based SMARC 2.0 module drives Basler MIPI CSI-2 cameras via a Connect Tech baseboard. “With such projects, Congatec hopes to grow in the field of industrial vision, and to be a key driver in autonomous robotic vehicles,” said the firm.