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Congatec AG and SECO unveil new form factor for next generation embedded computing: Qseven






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Embedded World 2008 Nuremberg,
Hall 12, Stand 122

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Press Release 01/2008

congatec AG and SECO Unveil New Form Factor for Next Generation Embedded Computing: Qseven

Nuremberg, Embedded World, February 26, 2008 * * * congatec AG and SECO S.r.l., leaders in advanced embedded technologies, have jointly created a new form factor for embedded computing.

This new standard is expected to enable state-of-the-art technology with long term availability, using the latest low power chipsets such as Intel’s Menlow platform.

Targeting next generation embedded processors built using 45nm technology, the Qseven format will complement the low power and small size of these processors. By exploiting the small form factor of the industry’s latest processors, the Qseven format offers high performance computing power, delivered in a board measuring just 70mm x 70mm.

The Qseven platform has been developed with performance and flexibility in mind, allowing various processor configurations to maximize passive cooling technology. With a maximum power consumption of around 12W specified in the standard, the new form factor is expected to appeal to manufacturers of applications that require fanless operation.
Where heat dissipation is an issue, a thermal cooling interface has been defined to help transfer any heat generated to a cooling solution.

It will also provide extensive connectivity through industry standard interfaces, including: 4x PCI Express; 2x SATA; 6x USB 2.0; 1x 1000BaseT Ethernet; 2x SDIO 8 Bit; LVDS 2x 24 Bit; DVO/SDVO (shared); VIP (Video Input Port); HDA (High Definition Audio); I²C Bus; LPC (Low Pin Count Bus).
The innovative form factor offers unparalleled flexibility in configuration. By leveraging the Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) connector format, Qseven offers three different connector heights, from 4.3mm to 7.8mm. Through this configuration it is hoped the Qseven platform will be as simple to integrate as a DIMM memory module.

Typical applications will include Automation / DIN Rail Systems, Automotive, and anywhere an ultra mobile embedded computing system is required.

congatec AG and SECO are extending an invitation to all vendors to join its open consortium and plan to release a general specification by the end of April, with a full Design Guide available by May 2008.

About congatec:
congatec is an innovative and experienced manufacturer of embedded computer boards. The highly skilled employees have more than 200-manpower years of experience in the fast growing embedded computer industry. Based in Deggendorf Germany, the company’s objective is to engineer and market industrial computer modules based on standard form factors. congatec's products are available for all business segments and industries. Customers can be found in industrial control, medical, automotive supplies, aircraft and transportation fields. Typical applications are machine control, vending machines and visualization terminals. congatec's main know-how includes the support of our embedded BIOS features, excellent driver support as well as full-featured board support packages. Customers receive complete product lifecycle support starting early during the design-in stage. congatec products are manufactured by specialized contract manufacturers who fulfill the latest quality standards.

About SECO:
SECO is a European embedded developer, manufacturer and system provider with almost 30 years of market experience. Located in Italy, SECO is focused on developing innovative and highly integrated computer boards and tailoring products to customers’ requirements.
Current modules based on standard form factor offered by SECO include single board computers (PC/104 and EPIC) and COM modules such as ETX, XTX and COM Express.
SECO solutions target ODM/OEM applications in different fields: industrial, medical, infotainment, gaming.
SECO provides its customers with a partner for the complete design and manufacturing of its projects, including full support in software, firmware and mechanics. The SECO production unit, ISO9001-2000 certified, guarantees quality and long term availability for mass production.


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