In October 2019 we reported on the VersaLogic Harrier computer that was slightly bigger than a credit card. Just announced by the company is a new embedded computer system is being developed, the Owl.
The intended uses are again industry and military-grade applications. The system uses ECC memory and the Embedded Processing Unit (EPU) format. The processing unit is an Intel Atom E39xx Platform, 5th Gen Apollo Lake processor with dual or quad-core options.
The ECC memory is fixed to the board and can be up to 8 GB in size. This reduces the damage that can be caused by vibration and shock, making the system tough and resilient.
Hardware-based security is through a TDM 2.0 chip. There are onboard power conditioning, mini-PCIe expansion sockets, analog inputs, standard USB 3.0 and 4x 2.0 host ports and Ethernet I/O ports.
Form Factor of the Owl
The size is comparable to other small form factor models in the VersaLogic family of embedded systems computers. This board measures 95 x 95 x 27 mm (3.74 x 3.74 x 1.08″) and weighs just 200 grams.
The temperature range is -40ºC to +85ºC capturing the industrial operation ranges for uses in many applications. The Owl is designed for a 10+ year production life cycle.
VersaLogic is making the Owl available to have modifications in off-the-shelf customization options such as labeling, conformal coating, revision locks, and customized testing and screening.
|Board Size||95 x 95 x 27 mm (3.74 x 3.74 x 1.08″)
COM Express Compact form factor
|Weight||200 grams (7.05 oz.)|
|Processor||Intel Atom E39xx platform. 2 MB L2 cache. Intel 64-bit instructions, Virtualization Technology (VT), AES New Instructions, Secure Key, and Execute Disable Bit.|
|Battery||Connection for 3.0V RTC backup battery|
|Power Requirements (@ +12V) †||
|Input Voltage||8V–30V DC|
|Input Protection||Over-voltage protection. Self-resetting when input falls to a safe level.
Reverse voltage input protection to -30V.
RF noise filtering.
Transient voltage protection (inductive kickback/lightning).
|System Reset & Hardware Monitors||Voltage rail monitoring. Watchdog timer with a programmable timeout. Push-button sleep, reset, and power.|
|Regulatory Compliance||RoHS (2011/65/EU)|
|Thermal Management||Bolt-on heat plate standard (included). Optional heat sink, fan, heat pipe, and other thermal accessories available.|
|Operating Temperature ◊||
Ranges shown assume 90% CPU utilization. For detailed thermal information, refer to the VL-EPU-4012 Reference Manual.
** Heat plate must be kept below 90°C
|Airflow Requirements||0.5 linear m/s typical. Refer to the VL-EPU-4012 Reference Manual for detailed airflow requirements.|
|Storage Temperature||-40°C to +85°C.|
|Thermal Shock||5°C/min. over operating temperature|
|Humidity||Less than 95%, noncondensing|
|Vibration, Sinusoidal Sweep||MIL-STD-202H method MIL-STD-202-204, Condition A: 2g|
|Vibration, Random||MIL-STD-202H method MIL-STD-202-214, Condition A: 5.35g rms|
|Mechanical Shock||MIL-STD-202H method MIL-STD-202-213, Condition G: 20g half-sine|
|TPM||Trusted Platform Module 2.0 device|
|System RAM||2 GB or 8 GB of soldered-on ECC DDR3L SDRAM. 1,866 MT/s.|
|General||Integrated high-performance video. Intel HD Graphics 505 with 18 Execution Units and Turbo Boost. Supports DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.3, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Clear Video Technology, VP8, VP9, MPEG2, H.264, H.265, and VC1.|
|VRAM||Up to 2 GB shared DRAM|
|DisplayPort Interface||Mini DisplayPort++ output. 24-bit. Up to 4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz.
Supports DisplayPort and HDMI signaling (Video and Audio outputs).
|OEM Flat Panel Interface||Single-channel LVDS interface. 18/24-bit. Up to 1024 x 768 (60 Hz). Backlight control signals.|
|Rotating Drive||One SATA (revision 3.0) port. Latching connector.|
|Flash / SSD||On-board eMMC MLC Flash drive. 8 or 32 GB.
One microSD socket.
Mini PCIe socket with mSATA support.
|Ethernet||Two AutoDetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT ports. Latching connector. One port with network boot option.|
|USB||One USB 3.0 / 2.0 port and four USB 2.0 host ports.|
|COM Interface||Four RS-232/422/485 selectable. 16C550 compatible. RS-232 115 Kbps – RS-422/485 460 Kbps max.|
|Digital I/O||Eight TTL I/O Lines 3.3V. Independently configurable.|
|I2C||Single I2C interface|
|Counter / Timers||Three 8254 compatible Programmable Interval Timers (PITs).|
|General||Supports Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet channels, non-volatile flash data storage, and other plug-in modules.|
|Socket #1||Full size. USB, SATA, and PCIe signaling. Autodetect mSATA support.|
|Socket #2||Full size. PCIe and USB 2.0 signaling.|
|BIOS||Phoenix SecureCore Technology
UEFI BIOS with OEM enhancements. Field reprogrammable.
|Sleep Mode||ACPI 3.0. Supports S3 suspend state.|
|Operating Systems||Compatible with most x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, and VxWorks.|
|VersaAPI Support||Library of API calls for reading and controlling on-board devices. Visual Studio and C/C++ software development interfaces. Supported on Windows and Linux.|
Owl computers are scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 2020. No posted price, or price range at this time. There are opportunities for pre-production options through the sales link on the Owl (VL-EPU-4012) product page and the press release.
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