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.

VersaLogic 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.

Custom Attributes

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 


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) 
Model Idle Typical Max. S3
EPU-4012-EAP-02X-08 5.2 W 6.0 W 6.8 W 1.2 W
EPU-4012-EDP-08X-32 7.9 W 9.4 W 10.8 W 1.2 W
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 
Model Heat Plate** Heat Sink Heat Sink + Fan
All Models -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
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.
Operating To 4,570m (15,000 ft.)
Storage To 12,000m. (40,000 ft)
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.

Mass Storage

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.

Network Interface

Ethernet Two AutoDetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT ports. Latching connector. One port with network boot option.

Device I/O

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).

Mini PCIe Card Socket

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.

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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