Universal Graphics Module Standard 1.1

Kontron recently released version 1.1 of the Universal Graphics Module (UGM) standard for shigh-end PEG graphics. The latest revision optimizes system design and reduces costs by defining the height of UGM Graphic-on-Modules in accordance with the PICMG-defined COM Express[tm] specification. This enables designers working with COM Express[tm] modules and UGM Graphic-on-Modules to use a single heat sink for their entire design. The result is an extremely flat solution that maintains Computer-on-Module scalability within the design as well as reduced development and production costs and the fastest time-to-market.

Universal Graphics Module v1.1 Features

  • Enhanced DisplayPort mapping that implements DisplayPort and LVDS/TMDS on the same pinouts
  • Support for dual link TMDS doubles the power of transmission and provides greater speed and bandwidth for higher resolutions
  • Improved definition of PCI Express TX/RX to remove any potential confusions regarding the sink and source
  • Holes for standard-sized M2.5 screws for easier mounting on the carrier board

UGM revision 1.1 retains all the benefits of the original specification that was launched at the end of 2007 such as mounting the 84x 95 mm UGM module parallel to the carrier board and long-term availability of the UGM graphics module of at least three to five years as well as especially simple and quick implementation of the graphics functions in customized designs, including the necessary time-consuming BIOS. Via the 220 pins of the connector that is like the one used for COM Express Computer-on-Modules, UGM cards receive PCI-Express signals, over 1, 4, 8, or 16 lanes (PEG) and video signals, process them – including video capture functions – and then deliver the converted signals back to the carrier board, also via the 220-pin connector. For playback devices, the UGM specification currently supports dual LVDS, dual TMDS, dual CRT and TVout.

More info: Kontron