The faster, more sustainable route to dedicated high-end 3.5-inch systems

congatec presents the first board-level product in line with its recently introduced aReady. strategy. Application-ready for immediate deployment in industrial use cases, the new 3.5-inch conga-HPC/3.5-Mini carrier board is designed for space-constrained rugged high-performance IIoT applications that are based on COM-HPC Mini modules with extended temperature support from -40°C to + 85°C. The hypervisor and operating system configuration comes pre-installed when combined with the conga-aCOM/mRLP COM-HPC Mini module in the aReady.COM version. A software expansion package for secure IIoT connection is on the roadmap. Developers can boot product bundles and install their applications immediately. As this minimizes the complexity of integration below the application layer and for the diverse IIoT functionalities of embedded and edge computing systems, the solution is also ideal for system integrators.

There are two purchasing options for this new commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) carrier board. It is an ideal platform for series products starting from small quantities as a pure application carrier board with the conga-HPC/mRLP COM-HPC Mini module. For application-specific designs, the complete aReady. The bundle offers high convenience and design security. For instance, possible configurations can include a pre-installed ctrl X OS from Bosch Rexroth and virtual machines for tasks such as real-time control, HMI, AI, IoT data exchange, firewall, and maintenance/management functions. Both purchasing options suit OEMs looking to develop sustainable system designs based on off-the-shelf components. Modular COTS configurations are primarily aimed at OEMs, system integrators, and VARs of smaller industrial product series and families. What makes the solution sustainable is the option to replace only the module when performance and functionality requirements change instead of the entire embedded hardware.

Heralding an application-specific modular embedded computing platform in a 3.5-inch format, both options offer an excellent technological foundation for rapid prototyping and price/performance balancing through processor selection. Customer-specific carrier board variants enable OEMs to realize dedicated designs with minimal development effort. This reduces costs, shortens time to market, and secures long-term investments in specific carrier board designs, as upgrades are possible by swapping modules across processor generations and manufacturers. Larger production runs can also be realized cost-efficiently by merging the COM and carrier board.

“Minimizing the integration effort to the greatest extent possible provides immense added value for our customers. From our core Computer-on-Module business perspective, both the COTS carrier boards and the already. Strategy with pre-installed hypervisor, operating system, and IIoT software configurations are important add-on benefits we can now offer customers for our modules. Customer-specific designs tailored through our design-in services are the next step to minimize OEMs’ workloads further,” explains Jürgen Jungbauer, Senior Product Line Manager at congatec.

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