congatec lays foundation for modular micro server designs

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congatec is launching the new COM Express Type 7 quick starter set as the fundamental basis for OEM modular micro server designs. The new quick starter set simplifies the evaluation of the first server-on-modules designed in accordance to PICMG’s COM Express Type 7 standard, poised to be globally deployed in cloud, edge, and fog server applications.

Engineers further benefit from reduced validation efforts of their own carrier board layouts, as they can re-use the proposed best practice components and PCB design schematics for their own dedicated next-gen modular micro servers. congatec provides the schematics of the new carrier board (conga-X7/EVAL) to all registered quick starter set customers for free.

The congatec quick starter set is well suited for the design of Industry 4.0 micro servers communicating in real time, redundant fog servers, and transcoding cloudlets at the edge of carrier-grade infrastructures typically operating on a massive scale. It targets commercial temperature (0degC to 60degC) as well as extended temperature ranges (-40degC to +85degC) for rooftop and public transportation installations, and is universally applicable. With 4× 10 Gbit and 1× 1 Gbit Ethernet, 4× USB 3.0 and baseboard management controller providing VGA, iKVM and virtual storage the new congatec evaluation carrier board can instantly be utilised at any test designer’s standard workspace.

Christian Eder, Director Marketing at congatec explains: “Cloud, edge, and fog application markets are all brand new – and engineers need a trustworthy platform strategy to ensure fastest time to market for their challenging and usually time critical projects. By offering a quick starter set that is compiled out of our COM Express Type 7 modules, complementary cooling solutions, and our new evaluation carrier board conga-X7/EVAL, we provide everything engineers require for the computing cores of these servers. To support fast implementation, we never implemented automated service chats and anonymous telephone hotlines, recognising that personal and competent support is ideal to make our customers successful. We can also help with dedicated Embedded Design & Manufacturing services for the embedded server designer.”

The congatec conga-X7/EVAL evaluation carrier board for COM Express Type 7 server-on-modules features 4x 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ interfaces, which can be equipped with optical (XFP) or copper transceivers, as well as a Gigabit Ethernet port. For server extensions, the board executes 32 PCI Express lanes via 1× PCIe ×16, 1× PCIe ×8 and 2× PCIe ×4 slots. Further extensions include 4× USB 3.0/2.0 and a COM port. Its Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) features include an integrated board management controller, adding 1× VGA for local displays as well as iKVM to transport keyboard, video and mouse signals over LAN for remote management. For SSDs or HDDs, there are 2× SATA Gen3 interfaces and the already mentioned PCIe lanes which support NVMe for fast mass storage devices. Further features include 1× LPC header, 1× I2C bus, 1× SM bus, 1× 8 Bit GPIO and fan control. The power supply supports ATX PSUs as well as 12V DC plain via banana jacks. For custom designs, congatec provides the PCB schematics and bill of materials to registered customers.

The new COM Express Type 7 quick starter set comprises a selection of standard products that engineers can bundle according to their specific demands. Typical quick starter sets for COM Express Type 7 integrate the conga-X7/EVAL carrier board plus its schematics, which are freely downloadable for registered customers. Also included in the set is a COM Express Type 7 server-on-module with accompanying cooling system.

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