Congatec has brought to market a couple of Server-on-Modules geared for real-time media processing. The conga-TS170 Server-on-Modules, based on the latest Intel Xeon E3-1578L and E3-1558 processors, boasts integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics accelerated by 128Mbyte fast eDRAM and double graphics base frequency for outstanding transcoding and video processing performance.

Additionally, with the Media Studio Server package they offer comprehensive software support. Congatec’s Server-on-Modules come with an extensive ecosystem including complete board support packages, comprehensive driver support and instantly application-ready carrierboards and evaluation kits, simplifying individual embedded server configurations.

Edge and fog computers for industrial IoT applications are one of the two major application areas for the Server-on-Modules. Their task is pre-processing and transcoding big data as well as managing and controlling local processes. In close proximity to the field-level such servers are highly responsive and real-time capable allowing both the horizontal and the vertical networking of any industrial IoT-connected smart sensors, actuators and complex equipment and machines.

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High-level media processing performance brings benefits to numerous application fields. Examples are autonomous driving, drone control, vision-based robotics as well as self-learning machines with complex Deep Learning algorithms and neuronal network structures, which also profit from the high-level media and GPGPU processing capacities of the new Xeon processors.

Equally important is the second field of application where densely packed servers in content delivery networks at carriers, service or third party providers are used for high-quality and high-density video transcoding to provide end-users a best quality experience. These networks featuring carrier-grade availability and durability are implemented in commercial media streaming and video conference systems as well as a variety of new video-based security and surveillance applications, which can also be used for virtual vision in maintenance and service applications.

The conga-TS170 COM Express basic modules are equipped with the Intel Xeon processors E3-1578L and E3-1558 with Intel Iris Pro Graphics. Compared to previous Intel Xeon processors, the base frequency of the graphics and media processing units is doubled to up to 700MHz. This significantly speeds up media processing performance, as the hardware accelerators, which are amongst other things used for video transcoding, are always operated at the basic clock rate. This allows for the processing of up to two 4k HEVC output streams or up to 15 Full HD-HEVC (1080p) streams in real-time.

The COM Express Server-on-Modules offer the common I/O interfaces of the Type 6 pinout: PCI Express Graphics Gen 3.0 (PEG), 8x PCI Express Gen 3.0 Lanes, 4x SATA 3.0 including RAID 0/1/5/10 support, 4x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0, LPC and I2C. Microsoft Windows 10 and all other current Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems are supported. Individual integration support, an extensive range of accessories as well as optional Embedded Design & Manufacturing Services for individual carrier-board and system designs complete the package.