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Congatec shifts into mini-ITX boards, design services market

15 May 2014  | Nick Flaherty

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The integrated Radeon graphics core supports the Universal Video Decoder 4.2 for fast processing of BluRay movies with HDCP (1080p), MPEG-2, HD, and DivX (MPEG-4). The board also supports DirectX 11.1 and OpenGL 4.0 for fast 2D and 3D imaging as well as OpenCL 1.1. The single/dual channel LVDS interfaces are 18/24Bit and there are DisplayPort 1.2 and DVI / HDMI 1.4a interfaces for direct control of two independent displays. Via DisplayPort 1.2, ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology for panoramic photography and multi-streaming are also supported and in daisy chain mode the board can drive two displays per graphics port.

The low power consumption of the new SOCs also makes fanless designs possible. These systems are not only quieter but also more reliable as prone mechanical components are required such as fans. As the CPU state C6 ("Deep Power Down") is in the multimedia engine available, the power consumption can be further reduced without compromising ease of use as the board takes less than a millisecond to the power saving mode to full switch processing power.

On the board are 1x PCIe x4 connector and Mini PCI-Express and Dual GbE LAN, 2x Serial ATA III, 1x mSATA socket support (SATA III), 7x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0, 8bit GPIO, three serial ports and one parallel port. A DC power supply with 12V/19-24V and ACPI 3.0 CPU power management and high-definition audio round out the package.

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