DIamond Systems’ Saturn is a rugged Intel Atom x5-E3940 powered SBC with an industrial analog and digital data acquisition subsystem, as well as PCIe/104 OneBank and mini PCIe sockets for I/O expansion.
The Saturn SBC is also equipped with either 4GB non-ECC or 8GB ECC RAM, SATA, two Gigabit Ethernet networking interfaces, two HDMI video outputs, multiple USB and serial interfaces, and more… most available through positive latching connectors that comply with the PCIe/104 standard, which also allows for stacking multiple expansion boards through the PCIe/104 Onebank connectors.
- SoC – Intel Atom x5-E3940 quad-core Apollo Lake processor @ up to 1.6GHz / 1.8 GHz (burst with 15-year lifecycle
- System Memory – 4GB non-ECC or 8GB ECC RAM soldered
- Storage – SATA port and M.2 2242 SATA socket up to 1TB
- Video Output – 2x HDMI interfaces, LVDS
- Audio – ALC622 audio codec; Line Out, Line In, and Mic In interfaces
- Networking – 2x Ethernet interfaces
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 interfaces, 2x USB 2.0 interfaces
- Serial – 2x RS232/RS422/RS485, 1x RS232
- Data acquisition through FPGA
- Up to 16x single-ended / 8x differential analog inputs
- 16-bit A/D resolution
- 250KHz maximum A/D sample rate
- Up to 4x 16-bit single-ended analog outputs
- Up to 24 digital I/O, 3.3V logic/5V tolerant inputs
- PCIe/104 OneBank I/O expansion connector with 4x PCIe x1 and 2x USB 2.0 connections
- Mini PCIe (minicard) socket with PCIe x1 and USB 2.0 for low-cost I/Os
- Misc – Various jumpers for configuration
- Temperature Range – -40 to +85ºC (industrial)
The board is rugged with a “50% thicker PCB”, which probably means 2.4mm thick, and latching connectors in order to increase resistance to shock and vibration. A bottom-side heat spreader with an integrated thermal pad provides cooling and mounting for the board.
Diamond Systems provides BSPs with Windows 10 64-bit and Linux 64-bit operating systems, as well as Universal Driver programming and autocalibration for the data acquisition SBC. The company also offers a kit to quickly get started with the Saturn SBC, a cable kit that allows keyboard, mouse, display, or other peripherals connections, and a programmed 64GB flash drive with Windows 10 or Linux, plus a backup USB memory device. The Linux kit is said to include all the tools needed to rebuild the OS, while the Windows 10 version of the kit comes with a runtime license.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.