Technology company for embedded computer modules, single board computers and embedded design and manufacturing services congatec recently launched its flexible IoT gateway solution, which comes application ready and customizable for rapid field deployment.
The congatec IoT gateway offers extreme levels of flexibility in terms of processing performance and software integration, able to host up to 8 wireless antennas that can be connected to three mini PCI Express slots and six internal USB based slots for wireless and wired connectivity modules. Customized system designs are also available upon request.
OEMs utilizing the conga IoT gateway system benefit from a pre-configured, pre-certified IoT gateway that can connect a range of heterogeneous sensors and systems to cloud-based services. Target uses include Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications such as smart cities, smart agriculture, connected homes and vehicles, digital signage systems and other IoT applications.
The wireless connectivity of the congatec IoT gateway system is extremely scalable: 6 internal USB ports and 3 mini PCIe slots are available and able to support LTE 3GPP modems, 2x WI-FI, 2x LAN with PoE and PROFINET features, low power BlueTooth (BTLE) and 6LoWPAN. Other low power wide area networks including LORA, 3GPP, LTE-MTC, Sigfox or UNB can be supported upon customer request, enabling maximum flexibility in supporting key IoT connectivity requirements.
The housing is equipped to mount up to eight antennas supporting multiple wireless standards in parallel, while enhancing signal quality by utilizing antenna diversity. The small size (200x230x40mm³) metal housing is certified to IP53 protection class for outdoor applications.
In order to deliver optimal and rapid IoT gateway designs, congatec developed the system to support scalable computing performance utilizing Qseven modules, which range from the NXP single-core i.MX6 processor up to a quad core Intel Pentium CPU. The gateway also supports the upcoming next generation of Intel Atom processors (Intel code name “Apollo Lake”) for deployment in emerging IoT gateway and edge computing application scenarios, up to and including high availability fog computing systems.
The congatec embedded board support packages cover various operating systems – including Windows 10 IoT – to enable easier software integration. The congatec IoT gateway system also supports all the features of congatec’s embedded board controller, which are a must for reliable IoT applications. Amongst other functions, the congatec feature set enables secure boot, management of Multi-Master I²C Bus, Multi Stage Watchdog, non-volatile user data storage, manufacturing and board information, board statistics, as well as power loss control.
congatec announced in June full support of the new SMARC 2.0 specification released by the Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies e.V. (SGET). The latest technology adaption extends congatec’s Computer-on-Module portfolio to include a brand new solution which is perfectly positioned between Qseven and COM Express. First congatec SMARC 2.0 modules as well as carrier boards and starter kits including extensive software, driver and BIOS support will be available this month.