New Family of Small, Rugged Embedded Computers

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An extremely small, rugged, embedded computer in the new Embedded Processing Unit (EPU) format combines processor, memory, video and system I/O into an extremely compact form factor. The Falcon from VersaLogic was engineered and tested to meet the military and medical industries’ evolving requirements for smaller, lighter embedded systems. Roughly the size of a credit card and less than one inch thick, the Falcon combines the new Intel Atom E6x0T low power processor, with system interfaces, in a form factor designed to withstand extreme temperature, impact and vibration.

The Falcon features an Intel Atom E6x0T processor, which is optimized for performance / power consumption balance. It provides compatibility with a broad range of x86 application development tools for reduced cost and development time. Integrated high-performance graphics provide hardware-accelerated MPEG-4/H.264 and MPEG-2 video encoding and decoding. It includes a standard LVDS video output for flat panel displays.

Onboard I/O includes Gigabit Ethernet with network boot capability, four USB 2.0 ports, four serial ports and Intel High-Definition Audio (HDA). A SATA 3 Gbit/s interface supports high-capacity rotating or solid-state drives. Dual microSD sockets and a Mini PCIe socket with mSATA capability provide flexible solid-state drive (SSD) options. Systems can be enhanced by leveraging the Mini PCIe socket with plug-in Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, Firewire and other mini cards. The Falcon supports an optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip for applications that require enhanced hardware-level security functions.

The Falcon’s wide input voltage range (8 to 17 volts) simplifies system power supply requirements and is fully compatible with automotive type (nominal 12V) power systems.

Designed and tested for industrial temperature (-40° to +85°C) operation, the rugged Falcon meets MIL-STD-202G specifications to withstand high impact and vibration. Soldered-on RAM, fanless thermal solutions and latching connectors (Ethernet, SATA and main I/O) provide additional ruggedization for use in harsh environments. Falcon is available as an IPC-A-610 Class 2 assembly. Class 3 assembly is optional for situations where extreme reliability is required.

Falcon is ITAR and RoHS compliant and includes VersaLogic’s 5+ year production life guarantee. Customization options include TPM chip, conformal coating, IPC Class 3 assembly, cabling, revision locks, custom labeling, BIOS modifications, software, customized testing, screening and more. Pricing starts at $853 for 1 Gbyte RAM models in OEM quantities. 

VersaLogic, Eugene, OR. (541) 485-8575. [].