Embedded computer module maker Congatec has introduced a flexible Internet of Things (IoT) gateway that connects a range of sensors and systems to a cloud-based network for commercial or residential use.
The IoT gateway is able to 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. Congatec says the gateway could be used for industrial applications such as Smart Cities, Smart Agriculture, connected homes and vehicles, digital signage system and many more.
The gateway supports LTE 3Gpp modems, 2x WiFi, 2x Lan with PoE and PROFINET features, low power Bluetooth and 6LowPan. It also supports wide area networks such as LoRa, 3GPP, LTE-MTC, SigFox and UNB.
While traditional embedded computer boards and modules can serve the IoT market, Congatec says OEMs are increasingly demanding IoT gateways that are complete and application ready. This flexible IoT gateway allows Congatec to meet the growing needs of the fast growing IoT market, the company says.
The gateway is designed to support scalable computing performance using Qseven modules ranging from NXP single-core i.MX6 processor up to a quad-core Intel Pentium CPU. The gateway also supports the next-generation of Intel Atom processors (code-named “Apollo Lake”) for emerging IoT gateways and computing applications scenarios.
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