Congatec Unveils COM Express & COM-HPC Tiger Lake Computers-on-Module

Intel Core “Tiger Lake” processors designed for ultra-thin laptops have just been officially launched together with some laptop announcements. But Tiger Lake processors will find their way into embedded applications as well, with Congatec announcing conga-TC570 COM Express Type 6 Compact module and conga-HPC/cTLU​ COM-HPC high-performance module both featuring Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 (12W to 25W TDP) processors.

conga-TC570 Tiger Lake COM Express Module

conga-TC570 Tiger Lake COM Express Module

Specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Tiger Lake-UP3 processor with up to 96 EU Intel Iris Xe graphics; 12W-28W configurable TDP
  • System Memory – Up to 2x SO-DIMM sockets for DDR4 memory modules up to 32 GB each with 3200 MT/s ECC and non-ECC supported
  • Networking – Intel i225 Gigabit Ethernet controller with TSN support
  • COM Express board-to-board connectors with 440 pins
    • Video Output – HDMI 2.0/2.1, DP 1.4, MIPI D-PHY 2.1; up to 4x independent display unit (4x 4K or 2x 8K)
    • Storage – 2x SATA III (6Gb/s)
    • Networking – 1x GbE TSN Ethernet via Intel® i225
    • PCIe – 8x PCI Express GEN 3.0 lanes, PEG support x4 (PCIe Gen4)
    • USB – 4x USB 3.1 Gen2, 8x USB 2.0
    • SPI, 2x UART, 8x GPIOs
  • Congatec Board Controller – Multi-stage watchdog, non-volatile user data Storage, manufacturing and board Information, board statistics via I²C bus, power loss control, hardware health monitoring, POST Code redirection
  • embedded BIOS Features – OEM Customization, flash update, AMI Aptio UEFI
  • Security – Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0)
  • Power Management – ACPI 5.0 with battery support
  • Dimensions – 95 x 95 mm (COM Express Compact form factor)
  • Temperature Range
    • Industrial: Operating: -40 to +85°C | Storage: -40 to +85°C
    • Commercial: Operating: 0 to +60°C | Storage: -40 to +85°C
  • Humidity – Operating: 10 to 90% r. H. non-cond. / Storage 5 to 95% r. H. non

conga-HPC/cTLU​ COM-HPC high-performance module

COM-HPC Tiger Lake Computer-on-Module

  • SoC – Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Tiger Lake-UP3 processor with up to 96 EU Intel Iris Xe graphics; 12W-28W configurable TDP
  • System Memory – Up to 2x SO-DIMM sockets for DDR4 memory modules up to 32 GB each with 3200 MT/s ECC and non-ECC supported
  • Networking – 2x Intel i225 2.5GbE controllers with TSN support
  • COM-HPC board-to-board connectors with 800+ pins
    • Video Output – HDMI 2.0/2.1, DP 1.4, MIPI D-PHY 2.1; up to 4x independent display unit (4x 4K or 2x 8K)
    • Camera – 2 x MIPI-CSI
    • Storage – 6x SATA III (6Gb/s)
    • Networking – 2x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet
    • PCIe – 4x PCIe Gen4, 8x PCIe Gen3
    • USB – 2x USB 4.0, 2x USB 3.2, 8 x USB 2.0
    • 2x UART, 12 x GPIOs
  • Congatec Board Controller – Multi-stage watchdog, non-volatile user data Storage, manufacturing and board Information, board statistics via I²C bus, power loss control, hardware health monitoring, POST Code redirection
  • embedded BIOS Features – OEM Customization, flash update, AMI Aptio UEFI
  • Security – Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0)
  • Power Management – ACPI 5.0 with battery support
  • Dimensions – 120 x 95 mm (COM-HPC Client size A form factor)
  • Temperature Range
    • Industrial: Operating: -40 to +85°C | Storage: -40 to +85°C
    • Commercial: Operating: 0 to +60°C | Storage: -40 to +85°C
  • Humidity – Operating: 10 to 90% r. H. non-cond. / Storage 5 to 95% r. H. non

If like me, you had never heard about COM-HPC, it’s a new standard that stands for “Computer-On-Module for High-Performance Computing” that supports up to 512GB RAM, 64 general-purpose PCIe lanes, and 1 dedicated PCIe lane for connecting to the IPMI BMC on the carrier, a maximum of four USB 4 ports, and up to eight 10 GbE ports. It was designed for processors with up to 150W TDP, so it’s interesting to see a 12W-28W processor here. There are different sizes for COM-HPC modules with larger “server” modules, and more compact “client” modules as offered by Congatec here.

When wrote about Tiger Lake processor, I did not realize this may be one of the first low-power processor family to support 8Kp60 video output, as well as USB 4.0. The company also says the USB DP-Alt mode supporting video signals of up to 8k resolution with 10-bit HDR at 60 Hz.

Congatec will provide board support packages for Linux, Windows, and ChromeOS, as well as hypervisor support from Real‑Time Systems. The conga-HPC/cTLU and conga-TC570 Tiger Lake computers-on-module will become available with the 11th Gen Intel Core processors. More details can be found in the respective product pages here and there.

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