Small form factor
The Conga-QA6 small form factor (SFF) Qseven module from Congatec (Germany) offers CAN support. It is the first module of the company to support this interface.
THE CONGA-QA6 IS EQUIPPED with the Intel Atom E600 processor series and the Intel Platform Controller Hub EG20T that provides the CAN interface. For automation engineers, the CAN network forms an integral part of the X-86 architecture and has become indispensable for many applications. CAN has now been defined in the pinout of the Qseven specification revision 1.2 to meet today's so called small form factor demands. Previously reserved pins of the pinout have now been designated to the CAN interface.
The advantages of CAN show up in a range of applications in the automation sector. Similar to a data network at an industrial level, I/O modules, sensors, motors and controllers can be connected with the embedded computer. According to the company, only one line is required to connect all participants in a system; as a result it is possible to design control systems.
The module comes in dimensions of 70 mm x 70 mm and a power consumption of ⟨5 W. In addition to the CAN network, it provides different interfaces such as PCI Express and Sata. In detail, it provides 6 USB 2.0 interfaces, 2 SATA, 1 SDIO, 3 PCIe, LPC bus, I²C bus, Gigabit Ethernet and high-definition audio. All components of this design are suitable for the industrial temperature range of -40 °C to 85 °C.
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