VersaLogic: PC/104 SBC for compute-intensive applications

VersaLogic has announced “Lion”- a rugged new PC/104 Single Board Computer. Based on Intel’s highly anticipated 7th generation “Kaby Lake” SoC, Lion combines very high performance, low power consumption, enhanced security, and backwards compatibility with systems using PC/104 PCI expansion. It includes an extensive set of features including the compact 108 x 96 mm PC/104 footprint, and on-board Trusted Platform Module security chip.

The Lion’s powerful CPU and video processing capability, combined with a relatively low power draw and standard PCIe/104 OneBank expansion, will enable high performance systems that are smaller, lighter, and more energy efficient. This powerful SBC is ideally suited for compute-intensive high-end applications such as flight navigation, guidance systems, and medical scanning / imaging.

The dual-core Lion is available in Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processor options to meet a variety of price / performance / application requirements. The Lion provides compatibility with a broad range of x86 application development tools for reduced cost and development time.

The Lion’s on-board Trusted Platform Module security chip can lock out unauthorized hardware and software access. It provides a secure processing environment for applications in defense, medical, and industrial applications that require hardware-level security functions. Additional security is provided through built-in AES instructions.

Lion’s dual mini DisplayPort video outputs support two independent simultaneous displays including Extended Desktop and Clone modes. Intel’s advanced HD Graphics 620 core compute architecture, 24 execution units, and GPU Turbo Boost contain on-board hardware acceleration for encode / decode of JPEG, MJPEG, MPEG2, AVC, MVC, HEVC 8-bit, VP8, VP9 and other standards. The graphics engine also supports DirectX 12, Open GL 4.4, Open CL 2.0, full HD video playback, and resolution up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz.

Lion’s I/O connectivity includes dual Gigabit Ethernet ports with network boot capability, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, four serial ports, eight digital I/O lines, I2C, and three timer / counters. A SATA (Revision 3) interface supports high-capacity rotating or solid-state drives at up to 6Gb/sec. A Mini PCIe socket with mSATA capability provides flexible solid-state drive options.

Lion’s Mini PCIe socket allows easy on-board expansion with plug-in Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, and other mini cards such as MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, and Analog. For stacking expansion using industry-standard add-on boards, the Lion supports the PCIe/104 OneBank connector. This on-board expansion site provides plug-in access to a wide variety of PCI and PCIe modules from numerous vendors, all with bolt-down ruggedness.

An SPI / SPX interface offers additional plug-in expansion for low-cost analog and digital I/O. The Lion is designed and tested for industrial temperature operation and meets MIL-STD-202G specifications to withstand high impact and vibration. Latching connectors and optional fanless operation provide additional benefits in harsh environments.

The Lion is covered by VersaLogic’s 5+ year availability guarantee, and a 5-year product warranty. VersaLogic’s Life Extension program typically keeps each technology generation available for 10+ years. Customization services to help customers create unique solutions are available for the Lion, even in low OEM quantities. Customization options include conformal coating, revision locks, custom labeling, customized testing and screening, and more.

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