Versalogic Owl Small Form Factor Apollo Lake Embedded Computer Targets Military & Industrial Applications
VersaLogic Owl VL-EPU-4012 Embedded System Computer
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.
Basics of the VersaLogic 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.
Strength and Resilience
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.
Available Ports and Security
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.
Production Lifecycle and Industrial Environments
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.
Versalogic Owl Specifications
95 x 95 x 27 mm (3.74 x 3.74 x 1.08″)
COM Express Compact form factor
200 grams (7.05 oz.)
Intel Atom E39xx platform. 2 MB L2 cache. Intel 64-bit instructions, Virtualization Technology (VT), AES New Instructions, Secure Key, and Execute Disable Bit.
Connection for 3.0V RTC backup battery
Power Requirements (@ +12V) †
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.
Bolt-on heat plate standard (included). Optional heat sink, fan, heat pipe, and other thermal accessories available.
Operating Temperature ◊
Heat Sink + Fan
-40° to +85°C
-40° to +85°C
-40° to +85°C
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
0.5 linear m/s typical. Refer to the VL-EPU-4012 Reference Manual for detailed airflow requirements.
2 GB or 8 GB of soldered-on ECC DDR3L SDRAM. 1,866 MT/s.
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.
Up to 2 GB shared DRAM
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.
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.
Two AutoDetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT ports. Latching connector. One port with network boot option.
One USB 3.0 / 2.0 port and four USB 2.0 host ports.
Three 8254 compatible Programmable Interval Timers (PITs).
Mini PCIe Card Socket
Supports Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet channels, non-volatile flash data storage, and other plug-in modules.
Full size. USB, SATA, and PCIe signaling. Autodetect mSATA support.
Full size. PCIe and USB 2.0 signaling.
Phoenix SecureCore Technology
UEFI BIOS with OEM enhancements. Field reprogrammable.
ACPI 3.0. Supports S3 suspend state.
Compatible with most x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, and VxWorks.
Library of API calls for reading and controlling on-board devices. Visual Studio and C/C++ software development interfaces. Supported on Windows and Linux.
Pricing and Availability
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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