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Asus C200 & C300 Chromebooks Feature Intel N2830 “Bay Trail-M” SoCs

April 19th, 2014 1 comment

Asus is about to launch two ChomeBooks, Asus C200 Chromebook and  C300 Chromebook, for respectively around $250 and $350 according to listing from various online retailers, as NetbookItalia has recently reported.

Asus_Bay_Trail_ChromeBook

Let’s go through the specs available for both laptops. These are unconfirmed and incomplete, as I just gathered some information from multiple sites.

Asus C200 Chromebook:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor @ 2.16 Ghz (Burst mode: 2.41 GHz ) with Intel HD graphics up to 750 MHz. (7.5 W TDP).
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC
  • Display – 11.6″ display (1366×768)
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Video Output – HDMI port
  • Webcam – HD
  • Battery – 48WHrs, 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion Polymer Battery Pack up to 10 hours
  • Weight – 1.15kg

There appears to be at least three variants, namely C200MA-EDU, C200MA-DS01 and C200MA-KX002, but at this stage we do not know what the differences are. Some sites are taken pre-order, but expect shipping to start in May as stated on Promevo.

Asus C300 Chromebook:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor @ 2.16 Ghz (Burst mode: 2.41 GHz ) with Intel HD graphics up to 750 MHz. (7.5 W TDP).
  • System Memory – 4GB RAM
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC
  • Display – 13.3″ display (Unknown resolution)
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Webcam – HD
  • Battery – 4 cells battery pack
  • Weight – 1.41 kg

I’ve seen at least two variants: C300MA-EDU and C300MA-RO003 on various sites. Depending where you read, this version should be available in April, May or June… Let’s make that Q2.

Via Liliputing

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Embedded Linux Conference 2014 Schedule

April 19th, 2014 No comments

The Tenth Embedded Linux Conference (ELC 2014) will take place on April 29 – May 1, 2014 at the San Jose Marriott in San Jose, California. The event will feature 90+ sessions on embedded Linux, Android and IoT with over 450 attendees expected to attend. It will also be co-located with Android Builders Summit and the AllSeen Alliance Hackfest. Even if you can’t attend it’s still interesting to see what will be discussed at the event to get a grasp of on-going developments, learn a few things about different optimization techniques, and so on. So I’ve gone through the sessions’ description, and I’ve designed my own virtual schedule with sessions that could be of interest.

Embedded_Linux_Conference_2014April 29

Linux has taken the embedded world by storm.  Billions (with a ‘B’) of devices have now shipped with a Linux kernel, and it seems unstoppable.  But will the next 10 billion devices ship with Linux or with something else?  How can Linux be specialized for deeply embedded projects, as characterized by the Internet of Things, while still maintaining the network effects of community cooperation and sharing?  Is this possible or even desirable?  The startling truth might be revealed at this keynote. Or, Tim might just rant a bit about device-tree… who knows?

The past year has seen a remarkable growth of interest in super-low-power and super-low-form-factor computing, in the form of ‘wearables’, the ‘Internet of Things’, and the release of exciting new hardware such as Intel’s Quark and Edison SoCs. Taking advantage of this super-small hardware also implies the need for super-small operating systems and applications to match. This talk will describe a super-small-footprint Linux distribution called ‘microYocto”. The main focus will be the kernel and how we achieved what we think is close to the minimal possible kernel footprint, both in terms of static text size and dynamic memory usage. We’ll talk about the tools and methodologies we used and developed to analyze the problem, such as tracing and machine simulation, and will describe the various technologies developed and applied to achieving this minimalistic system.

Many community resources exist about boot time reduction. However, few of them are up to date and share the exact time savings that can be achieved on recent systems. This talk will detail today’s most efficient techniques to reduce boot time. For each of them, figures will be shared, obtained from recent boot time reduction projects and from the preparation of Free Electrons new workshop on this topic. If you attend this talk, you will know which optimization techniques are worth using first, and will save time not exploring techniques that won’t make a significant difference in your project. Don’t tell your boss, and this will leave your more time to contribute to community projects!

In this talk, Chris will describe the internal workings of the Android graphics stack from the Application layer down through the stack to pixels on the screen. It is a fairly complex journey, taking in two different 2D rendering engines, applications calling OpenGL ES directory, passing buffers on to the system compositor, Surface Flinger, and then down to the display controller or frame buffer. All this requires careful synchronisation so that what appears on the screen is smooth, without jitter, and makes efficient use of memory, CPU, GPU and power resources.

Linux-based platforms such as the Beaglebone and Raspberry Pi are inexpensive powerhouses. But, beyond being cool on their own, what else can you do with them? This presentation will step you through the process of building a Wi-Fi enabled, Linux-based robot that you can build without breaking the bank and without special knowledge of robotics and robotic controls.

Since last year, we have been working on supporting the SoCs from Allwinner, a Chinese SoC vendor, in the mainline kernel. These SoCs are cheap, wide-spread, backed by a strong community and, until last year, only supported by an out-of-tree kernel. Through this talk, we would like to share the status of this effort: where we were a year ago, what solutions were in place, where we are currently, and what to expect from the future. We will also focus on the community around these SoCs, the work that is done there, etc.

April 30

GCC is an optimizing compiler, currently most common compiler to build software for Embedded Linux systems like Android, Yocto Project etc. This tutorial will introduce specific optimizations and features of GCC which are less known but could benefit optimizing software especially for embedded use while highlight the effect of common optimizations. While it will focus on squeezing most out of GCC, it will also cover some of “pessimizations” to avoid and will tip the developer to write code thats more conducive (compiler friendly) for general optimizations. They will also get some contrast with other compilers when needed.

Throughout the last two years, a team of engineers at Free Electrons has been involved in mainlining the support for several ARM processors from Marvell, converting the not-so-great vendor-specific BSP into mainline quality code progressively merged upstream. This effort of several hundreds working days, has led to the integration of hundreds of patches in the kernel. Through this talk we would like to share some lessons learned regarding this mainlining effort, which could be useful to other engineers involved in ARM SoC support, as well as detail the steps we have gone through, the mistakes we’ve made and how we solved them, and generally our experience on this project.

This BoFs is intended to bring together anybody that tests the Linux kernel to share best practices and brainstorm new ideas. Topics may range from .config testing, module/built-in drivers, test methods and tools for testing specific driver subsystems, VM/scheduler/interrupt stress testing, and beyond. The discussion is targeted at Linux kernel developers, test engineers, and embedded Linux product teams/consultants with the common task of testing Linux kernel integrity. Attendees should have a firm grasp of building and deploying the kernel as well as kernel/userspace kernel APIs.

Several vendors are getting ready to start enabling the upstream kernel for their upcoming 64-bit ARM platforms, and it opens up a few questions on things that are not quite sorted out yet, especially on the embedded and mobile platforms. This is an open discussion on the issues these maintainers are anticipating, and what we should do about it.

Communication between components is necessary for effective power management in mobile devices. The System Power Management Interface, also known as SPMI, is a standardized bus interface intended to provide power-management related connectivity between components. Josh Cartwright will provide a high-level architectural overview of SPMI and discuss how to leverage the Linux Kernel software interfaces (expected to land in 3.15) to communicate with devices on the bus.

May 1

While Android has been created for mobile devices — phones first and now tablets — it can, nonetheless, be used as the basis of any touch-screen system, whether it be mobile or not. Essentially, Android is a custom-built embedded Linux distribution with a very elaborate and rich set of user-space abstractions, APIs, services and virtual machine. This one-day workshop is aimed at embedded developers wanting to build embedded systems using Android. It will cover Android from the ground up, enabling developers to get a firm hold on the components that make up Android and how they need to be adapted to an embedded system. Specifically, we will start by introducing Android’s overall architecture and then proceed to peel Android’s layer one-by-one.

This half-day workshop is aimed at embedded developers that want to use Android in their embedded designs.

The MIPS processor cores are widely used in embedded platforms, including TVs and set-top-boxes. In most of those platforms dedicated graphics hardware exists but it may be specialized for its use in audio and video signal processing: rendering of web content has to be done in software. We implemented optimizations for the software-based QPainter renderer to improve the performance of Qt —including QtWebKit— in MIPS processors. The target platform was the modern 74kf cores, which include new SIMD instructions suitable for graphics operations (alpha blending, color space conversion and JPEG image decoding), and also for non-graphics operations: string functions were also improved. Our figures estimate that web pages are rendered up to 30% faster using hand-coded assembler fast-paths for those operations.

Software Freedom Conservancy announced last year a renewed effort for cross-project collaborative GPL compliance efforts, including copyright holders from BusyBox, Linux, and Samba. Conservancy uses an internal system of communication and collaboration to take input from stakeholders to discuss and engage in compliance activity to ensure compliance with the GPL throughout the technology industry and particularly in the embedded device market. Compliance with the GPL is the responsibility of copyright holders of the software, and Conservancy helps those copyright holders pursue the work, so those developers can focus on coding. In this talk, the President of Conservancy will discuss how Conservancy handles compliance matters, what matters it focuses on, and how the copyright holders that work with Conservancy engage in a collaborative effort to ensure compliance with the GPL.

Ubuntu Touch is the new Ubuntu-based OS for phones and tablets. Announced at the beginning of 2013, it gives a new UI and design proposal, but also a new way of developing and supporting many different devices, using either the Android HAL or the traditional Linux stack to build the platform. This talk will go over the Ubuntu Touch internals, presenting the technical decisions and also the work that was done to bootstrap this new platform (camera, radio, video decode, GLES and etc) and the future challenges to support a single stack across mobile and the traditional desktop.

These are just a few sessions out of the 90+ sessions available at the Embedded Linux Conference and Android Builder Summit. You can check the full schedule to find out which sessions are most interesting to you.

If you’d like to attend the event, you’ll need to register online.

The attendance fees have significantly gone up compared to last year, at least for hobbyists, but include entrance for both ELC and Android Builder Summit:

  • Professional Registration Fee - US$600 (Was US$500 until March 29, 2014)
  • Hobbyist Fee – US$150
  • Student FeeUS$150

After the events, many videos are usually uploaded by the Linux Foundation, and you should be able to find the list of talks with links to presentation slides oneLinux.org.

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Intel Announces its First “Bay Trail” Fanless NUC Kit

April 18th, 2014 11 comments

Intel already announced a Bay Trail NUC selling for $140 earlier this year, but despite the low power dissipation (7.5W TDP) of the Intel N2820 processor, it requires a fan for cooling. The company has now unveiled its first fanless mini PC with Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE powered by Intel Atom E3815 Bay Trail-I processor with 5W TDP. This NUC is destined for industrial and enterprise solutions such as digital signage, point-of-sales, kiosks, and thin clients.

Intel_NUC_Kit_DE3815TYKHEHere are the specs of this tiny x86 computer:

  • SoC – Intel Atom E3815 single core processor @ 1.46GHz single core with 512KB cache and 5W TDP, coupled with Intel HD Graphics up to 400 MHz.
  • System Memory – Up 8 GB 1.35V, 1333/1600 MHz (down clocked to 1066 MHz) DDR3L SO-DIMM
  • Storage – 4-GB eMMC, support for one internal 2.5″ SATA HDD or SDD (up to 9.5mm thick)
  • Video Output:
    • 1x HDMI 1.4a
    • 1x Embedded DisplayPort* (eDP) 1.3 (2-lane with backlight and adjustable voltage/timings)
    • 1x VGA
  • Audio – Multi-channel digital audio via HDMI interface, headphone/microphone jack
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, and 3x internal USB 2.0 ports
  • Serial - 2x serial port headers (TXD/RXD/RTS/CTS, w/5V transceivers)
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port, Half-length PCIe mini-card slot and wireless antennas pre-assembled (for wireless card support)
  • Expansion header with DMIC, AppLaunch GPIO, HDMI_CEC, SMBus, I2C[0:1], PWM[0:1] w/5V buffers, 1.8/3.3/5 Vstby power
  • Misc – Discrete Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2), Watchdog timer,
  • Power – 12V, 36W wall-mount AC-DC power adapter. 12-24V DC internal power header.
  • Dimensions – 190mm x 116mm x 40mm
Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE Description (Click to Enlarge)

Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE Description (Click to Enlarge)

The kit includes Intel NUC Board DE3815TYBE with enclosure, a vertical stand, a VESA mount bracket with screws (75x75mm and 100x100mm compatible), a 12V/3A power adapter with multi-countries AC plugs, an Intel Atom sticker, and an integration guide. It can run Windows Embedded 8 Standard (WES 8), WES 7, or various Linux distributions. Intel promises a 3-year product life cycle, and 3-year advanced warranty replacement.

The latest Intel NUC is expected to start shipping on April 28, but price has not been disclosed. You can find more information on the product page.

Via FanlessTech

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$99 MinnowBoard MAX Development Board Powered by Intel Bay Trail-I SoC

April 1st, 2014 8 comments

When Intel released the original MinnowBoard which was a step in the right direction, but there were some complains, as the company had chosen to use an older Intel processor, and the price was much higher than most high performance low cost ARM development boards. MinnowBoard MAX (aka Minnow2 Board) fixes all that, as it features the latest Intel Bay Trail-I (E3800 series) processor, and costs as low as $99 for the single core version, and $129 for the dual core version.

MinnowBoard MAX (Click to Enlarge)

MinnowBoard MAX (Click to Enlarge)

Let’s jump directly to the specifications:

  • SoC – 64-bit Intel Atom E3815 (single-core, 1.46 GHz) or Atom E3825 (dual-core, 1.33 GHz) both with integrated Intel HD Graphics coming with Open Source hardware-accelerated drivers for Linux OS
  • System Memory – 1GB ($99 model) or 2GB ($129 model) DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 1x Micro SD card slot, 1x SATA2 3Gb/sec, 8 MB SPI Flash for firmware (UEFI)
  • Video Output – micro HDMI connector
  • Audio Output
    • HDMI (digital)
    • Analog audio to become available via a separate Lure, the name for MinnowBoard expansion boards, which will be sold separately –
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet RJ-45 connector
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 host, 1x USB 2.0 host
  • Debugging & Programming – Serial debug via FTDI cable (sold separately), programming header compatible with Dedi-Prog programmer, and JTAG via high-speed expansion port.
  • Expansion headers
    • Low-speed expansion port – 2×13 (26-pin) male 0.1″ pin header with access to SPI, I2C, I2S Audio, 2x UARTs (TTL-level), 8x GPIO (including 2x supporting PWM), +5V, and GND
    • High-speed expansion port -  60-pin, high-density connector with access to 1x PCIe Gen 2.0 Lane, 1x SATA2 3Gb/sec, 1x USB 2.0 host, I2C, GPIO, JTAG, +5V, and GND
  • Dimensions – 99 x 74mm
  • Temperature Range -  0 – 70 deg C. Industrial temperature range may also be also available, but price will be higher, and has not been disclosed.
  • Power – 5V DC (Sold separately)

The board will run Debian GNU/Linux, Android 4.4 Kitkat, and be supported by the Yocto Project. It will boot with UEFI firmware stored in the 8MB SPI flash. The specifications also mention Intel HD graphics will be supported in Linux with open source graphics drivers, something that’s almost impossible to find for ARM development boards, although there has been some progress recently with the Raspberry Pi and Nvidia Tegra K1.  It will be an open source hardware board, and design files will be made available under Creative Commons licensing within weeks of production boards being available at distributors.

MinnowBoard MAX competes directly with quad core ARM Cortex A9 development board such as HardKernel ODROID, Wandboard, and so on, that sells for about the same price. We’ll need to check benchmarks to get a better idea of the performance.

The boards are scheduled to be manufactured by CircuitCo by the end of June 2014. You can’t pre-order them just yet, and they will be available through various distributors.  if you happen to be in EE Live! in San Jose, you can see a working demo with MinnowBoard MAX on booth #916.

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Intel To Launch Quad Core Z37x5 Atom Bay Trail-T SoCs

March 31st, 2014 2 comments

CPU World reports Intel is preparing to launch at least 9 new Bay Trail-T processors for Android and Windows 8.1 tablets. The new processors will be part of Atom Z37x5 product line, which offers up to 16% better graphics performance. All SoCs are built on Silvermont (22nm) microarchitecture, come with 4 CPU cores, 2 MB L2 cache, and Ivy Bridge-based GPUs.

Intel_Bay_Trail The most powerful will be Z3795 with four CPU cores clocked at 1.6 GHz, with burst speeds reaching up to 2.39 GHz, a GPU clocked between 311 and 778 MHz, and support for up to 4GB RAM. Z3735E is the processor with the weakest specs, and must be the cheapest of the lots. It’s clocked at 1.33 GHz (Turbo: 1.83 GHz) and support a mere 1GB RAM max. CPU World has specs for seven models as shown in the table below.

Model Cores Frequency /Turbo L2 cache Max RAM GPU Frequency Memory
Atom Z3735D 4 1.33 / 1.83 GHz 2 MB 2 GB 313 / 688 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3735E 4 1.33 / 1.83 GHz 2 MB 1 GB 313 / 688 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3745 4 1.33 / 1.86 GHz 2 MB 4 GB 311 / 778 MHz LPDDR3-1066
Atom Z3745D 4 1.33 / 1.83 GHz 2 MB 2 GB 313 / 792 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3775 4 1.46 / 2.39 GHz 2 MB 4 GB 311 / 778 MHz LPDDR3-1066
Atom Z3775D 4 1.5 / 2.41 GHz 2 MB 2 GB 313 / 792 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3795 4 1.6 / 2.39 GHz 2 MB 4 GB 311 / 778 MHz LPDDR3-1066

The new Intel Bay Trail-T processors are expected to ship later in Q2 2014.

Via Liliputing

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Livefan F3C Intel Baytrail-T Z3740D Tablet Running Windows 8.1 or “MS-DOS” Sells for $324 and Up

February 26th, 2014 13 comments

It’s now pretty difficult to find an Intel Bay Trail Z3740 or Z3770 running anything else than Windows 8.x, and even if you just want to try running a Linux distribution or Android on the device, you’d still have to pay around $60 for the Windows license. There’s now a solution thanks to Geekbuying which sells Live F3C tablet with Windows 8.1 for $382.99, and with “MS-DOS”, probably FreeDOS, for just $323.99.

Livefan _F3CLivefan F3C specifications:

 

  • SoC – Intel Baytrail-T Z3740D quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Turbo freq. : 1.8GHz)
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 32 GB NAND Flash + microSD card slot
  • Display – 10.1″ IPS Capacitive touch screen (1280×800)
  • Video Output – mini HDMI
  • Audio – Built in stereo speakers and microphone. 3.5 mm earphone jack
  • Camera – Dual Camera, 2.0MP+2.0MP
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. 3G via USB dongle.
  • USB – micro USB OTG port
  • Sensors – G-Sensor
  • Battery – ~8000mAh Li-ion battery]
  • Power Supply – DC 9V 2A (2.5mm jack)
  • Dimensions – 256.5 x 172.8 x (6.3 to 9.8) mm
  • Weight – 595g

I understand there’s no hardware difference between the Windows 8.1 and “MS-DOS” version. The tablet is sold with a micro USB cable, a 9V/2A power adapter and a user’s manual.  If you’d like a keyboard with Livefan F3C tablet, Geekbuying sells one with a leather case for $57.99.

I understand Livefan F3C will work with a standard Windows 8.1, so you could install it on the MS-DOS version provided you have a license, but if you plan to install alternative operating systems such as Android or Ubuntu, some parts are unlikely to work out of the box, e.g. Wi-Fi, touch screen…, if it can boot at all.

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Congatec Announces Low Power x86 SoMs based on AMD G-Series and Intel Atom E3800 SoCs

February 26th, 2014 No comments

Congatec has announced two new low power x86 computer modules for embedded systems: Qseven modules based on AMD G-Series GX-210HA, GX-209HA and GX-210JA (6 to 9W TDP), and COM Express modules powered by Intel Atom “Bay Trail-I” E3800 series SoC (5 to 10W TDP), a well as Celeron N2930.

conga-QG Qseven SoM Powered by AMD G-Series SoCs

conga-QC Qseven SoM (Click to Enlarge)

conga-QC Qseven SoM (Click to Enlarge)

Congatec conga-QG Qseven modules specifications:

  • SoC
    • AMD Embedded GX-210HA (2 x 1.0 GHz, L2 cache 1MB, 9 W) with AMD Radeon HD 8210E Graphics
    • AMD Embedded GX-210JA (2 x 1.0 GHz, , 6W) with AMD Radeon HD 8180E Graphics
    • AMD Embedded GX-209HA (2 x 1.0GHz, , 9W) with AMD Radeon HD 8180E Graphics
  • System Memory – max. 8GB ECC with up to DDR3L-1333. 2GB by default
  • Storage – Silicon Motion FerriSSD up to 64G
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • I/O Interfaces
    • Up to 4 x PCI Express 2.0
    • 2 x SATA 2.0 3Gb/s
    • 1 x USB 3.0, 5 x USB 2.0
    • LPC bus,  SM-Bus, I²C bus, UART
    • SDIO
  • Video Output – One DisplayPort 1.2 / HDMI 1.4a interface, 18/24-bit Single/Dual Channel LVDS Interface
  • Sound – High Definition Audio Interface
  • congatec Board Controller – Multi Stage Watchdog, non-volatile User Data Storage, Manufacturing and Board information, Board Statistics, BIOS Setup, Data Backup, I²C bus (fast mode, 400 kHz, multi-master), Power Loss Control
  • Security – Optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) . Hash and RSA algorithms, key lengths up to 2,048 bits, real random number generator
  • Power Management – ACPI 3.0 with battery support
  • Dimensions – 70 x 70 mm (Qseven form factor)
  • Humidity – Operating: 10 to 90% r. H. non cond. / Storage 5 to 95% r. H. non cond.

The modules comes with AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, and support Microsoft Windows 7/8, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows 8 Embedded, Windows Embedded Compact 7, and Linux.

The company claims an average 3 watts power consumption in typical application, and mention AMD G-series SoC has been designed to consume 33% less power than previous AMD G-Series (APUs). Most modules are destined to be used in the commercial temperature range, but those based on GX-209HD support industrial temperature range (40°C to +85°C). The Radeon GPU in G-Series SoC are compliant with DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2 OpenCL 1.2, and a Universal Video Decoder 4.2 dedicated hardware can decode H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, MPEG-2 video streams. These modules target cost-sensitive applications in the control and automation industry, digital gaming, communications infrastructures, and graphics-rich devices such as thin clients, digital information boards and medical-imaging equipment.
You can find more information on Congatec conga-QG page.

conga-MA3 COM Express module Powered by Intel Atom E3800 and N2900 Series

conga-MA3 COM Express Module (Click to Enlarge)

conga-MA3 COM Express Module (Click to Enlarge)

Congatec conga-MA3 COM Express modules specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Atom E3845 (4 x 1.91 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 10 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Atom E3827 (2 x 1.75 GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 8 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Atom E3815 (1.46 GHz, 512kB L2 cache, 5 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Celeron N2930 (1.86 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 7.5W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
  • System Memory – Onboard DDR3L memory support for up to 8 GByte with 1333MT/s. 2GB 1333MT/s DDR3L by default
  • Storage – eMMC 4.51 interface, up to 64GB of MLC NAND or up to 4GB of SLC NAND
  • Connectivity – Intel I210 Gigabit Ethernet controller
  • I/O Interfaces
    • 4 x PCIe x1 lanes with 5 Gb/s
    • 2 x SATA 2.0 3Gb/s
    • 7 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
    • LPC bus, SPI, I²C bus
  • Display – TMDS (HDMI/DVI), DisplayPort 1.1, and one LVDS channel.
  • Sound – Digital High Definition Audio Interface
  • Motion Video Support – Full hardware acceleration for MPEG2, H.264, DirectX11, OCL 1.2, OGL 3.2, WMV9 and VC1
  • congatec Board Controller – Multi Stage Watchdog, non-volatile User Data Storage, Manufacturing and Board information, Board Statistics, BIOS Setup, Data Backup, I²C bus (fast mode, 400 kHz, multi-master), Power Loss Control
  • Power Management – ACPI 5 .0 compliant, Smart Battery Management
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -40° to + 85°C. Storage: -40° to + 85°C
  • Humidity – Operating: 10 to 90% r. H. non cond. / Storage 5 to 95% r. H. non cond.
  • Dimensions – 55 x 84 mm (COM Express Mini Type 10)

The modules comes with AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, and support Microsoft Windows 7/8, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows Embedded Compact 7, and Linux.

The Intel HD graphics is said to support DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL 1.2, as well as hardware decode for multiple high-resolution full HD videos in parallel. Output up to 2,560 x 1,600 pixels with DisplayPort and 1,920 x 1,200 pixels with HDMI are natively supported in the processor, and it is possible to connect two independent displays, including via the 24-bit LVDS output.

Further details may be available on Congatec conga-MA3 page.

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