conga-EAF - ETX with AMD® Fusion G-Series

conga-EAF - ETX with AMD® Fusion G-Series

The conga-EAF Computer-on-Module (COM) from congatec offers a sustainable future and broad scalability for the ETX standard. With a choice of seven AMD G-Series processors, the conga-EAF also offers an excellent 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, and with extremely low power consumption, the conga-EAF is designed to provide a form-fit function option for existing ETX designs.

The congatec EAF module works as a direct replacement for ETX design based upon the 855 chipsets. As ETX 855 solutions reach their end of life, designers can quickly and easily switch it out for the congatec EAF module, extending product lifecycle without requiring a re-design. 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 new perspectives for a wide range of innovative graphics-related applications.

OpenCL Support

OpenCL is an Application Programming Interface (API), which enables developers to take full advantage of the high performance graphics cores of AMD’s Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for a variety of non-graphical computing tasks. For parallel tasks, the processor cores can offload jobs to the graphics unit, thereby increasing overall system performance far beyond previously possible levels. This process can be used, for example, for filtering algorithms of photo editing programs such as Photoshop, programs for encoding and converting video data and Adobe Flash Player. In the past, developers have been struggling with the fact that traditional CPU architectures and programming tools were of limited use for vector-oriented data models with parallel multi-threading. If the basic requirements for an X86 architecture are met, it makes sense to use a General Purpose Computation on Graphics Processing Unit (GPGPU) instead of a Digital Signal Processor (DSP). The individual GPGPU graphics engines can be programmed via OpenCL and are flexible with the option of allocating different tasks to each engine. AMD already provides software development kits for OpenCL programming, which makes moving to a new type of data processing easier.

 

The conga-EAF is currently offered with the following CPU variants:

part# 041071    EAF/T56N   CPU: AMD G-T56N (2 x 1.6 GHz, 512 kB x2 L2 cache, 18 W)
part# 041073    EAF/T40N   CPU: AMD G-T40N (2 x 1.0 GHz, 512 kB x2 L2 cache, 9 W)
part# 041076    EAF/T40R   CPU: AMD G-T40R (1.0 GHz, 512 kB L2 cache, 5.5 W)
part# 041077    EAF/T40E   CPU: AMD G-T40E (2 x 1.0 GHz, 512 kB x2 L2 cache, 6.4 W)
part# 041078    EAF/T16R   CPU: AMD G-T16R (615 MHz, 512kB L2 cache, 4.5 W)

Cooling solutions and module variants which are not listed in our webshop can be offered on request.

 

 

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