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Congatec gateway targets IoT applications

Steve Rogerson
August 18, 2016

German circuit board and module maker Congatec has introduced a flexible IoT gateway that is application ready and customisable for rapid field deployment.
The gateway can host up to eight wireless antennas that can be connected to three mini PCI Express slots and six internal USB based slots for wireless and wired connectivity modules. Custom designs are also available.
OEMs using the Conga IoT gateway can benefit from a pre-configured, pre-certified product that can connect a wide range of heterogeneous sensors and systems to cloud-based services. Target uses include smart cities, smart agriculture, connected homes, vehicles and digital signage.
“The large and fast growing IoT market is well served by Congatec’s traditional embedded computer boards and module products, but OEMs are increasingly demanding IoT gateways that are complete, application-ready systems,” said Congatec’s CEO Jason Carlson. “To meet this growing need, Congatec has designed a highly flexible and configurable gateway that can be optimised to meet a wide variety of specific application demands. Together with our embedded design and manufacturing services, we can now meet any specific IoT gateway requirement.”
The company’s embedded design and manufacturing service also includes certification services, an increasingly essential element of deploying wireless technologies and edge devices that connect to carrier grade infrastructures.
The wireless connectivity of the gateway is scalable and it can support LTE 3GPP modems, two wifi, two LAN with PoE and Profinet features, low power Bluetooth and 6LoWPan. Other low power wide area networks including LoRa, 3GPP, LTE-MTC, Sigfox and UNB can be supported on request.
The housing is equipped to mount up to eight antennas supporting multiple wireless standards in parallel, while enhancing signal quality by using antenna diversity. The 200 by 230 by 40mm sized metal housing is certified to IP53 protection class for outdoor applications.
The system has been designed to support scalable computing performance using Q Seven 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 applications, up to and including high availability fog computing systems.
Embedded board support packages cover all major operating systems – including Windows 10 IoT – to enable software integration. The gateway also supports all the features of the company’s embedded board controller. Among other functions, the 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, and power loss control.