Real-time over the air computing platforms for 5G

November 08, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Real-time over the air computing platforms for 5G
Specifically designed for industrial-grade edge appliances, these 5G platforms enable out-of-band management over IP connectivity even when the devices are down.

A leader in embedded and edge computing technology, congatec has introduced new platforms and design strategies for 5G connected mobile and stationary devices. As important innovation accelerators, 5G edge technologies are in high demand, especially among OEMs in the mobility, transportation, logistics and smart city markets, but also among industrial mobile machinery and robotics vendors. They all need new embedded platforms – most often with real-time capabilities. And they want to be able to control these new platforms over the air with zero downtime to enable a totally new generation of smart mobile and stationary devices. An array of recently launched Computer-on-Modules recently introduced by congatec address these needs. Specifically designed for industrial-grade edge appliances, they enable out-of-band management over IP connectivity even when the devices are down.

Two new module families based on the brand new COM-HPC specification currently provide the greatest innovation potential for customers: The conga-HPC/cTLU and conga-HPC/cTLH COM-HPC Client modules based on the 11th Gen Intel Core vPro, Intel Xeon W-11000E, and Intel Celeron processors are designed for the most demanding IoT gateway and edge computing applications requiring highest bandwidth with up to 20 PCIe Gen 4 lanes. A congatec starter set is available for both module families to enable instant application development. The starter set includes the conga-HPC/EVAL-Client carrier board, which is based on the ATX form factor. This is highly efficient as engineers can utilize standard PC components for their embedded system designs.

“Most important for OEM equipment and embedded system design houses are currently the Intel Core processors based congatec modules that support the extended temperature ranges, which makes them a perfect fit for all outdoor equipment – whether mobile, portable or stationary. The latest congatec modules with soldered RAM also deliver great advantages as they are qualified for applications exposed to extreme shock and vibrations. All modules provide opportunity to deploy TSN capable real-time connected OTA services and Device2x communication. In addition, we also offer virtual machine implementations for enabling different tasks and domains on a single device,” explains congatec’s Director Product Marketing Martin Danzer and adds: “Target platforms, upon which our customers can realize their 5G strategies, range from high-end edge server to low power client platforms.”

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