Rugged credit card-size embedded computer meets mil/medical specs - Embedded.com

Rugged credit card-size embedded computer meets mil/medical specs

The Falcon is the first in a new family of VersaLogic Embedded Processing Units. EPUs combine processor, memory, video, and numerous system interfaces into an extremely compact embedded computer. It has been engineered and tested to meet the Military and Medical industries' requirements to develop smaller, lighter, and lower power embedded systems while adhering to stringent regulatory standards. Roughly the size of a credit card and less than one inch thick, Versalogic claims the Falcon is the embedded industry's smallest, lightest, ultra-rugged embedded x86 computer. This embedded computer, equipped with an Intel Atom E6x0T processor, is designed to withstand extreme temperature, impact, and vibration.

Driven by an Intel Atom E6x0T processor, the Falcon provides lower power consumption (9-11W typical). The Falcon provides compatibility with a broad range of standard x86 application development tools for reduced development time. The integrated Intel GMA600 graphics core provides hardware-accelerated MPEG-4/H.264 and MPEG-2 video encoding and decoding. A standard LVDS output supports flat panel displays. An optional adapter converts the LVDS output to VGA.

Industry-standard system interfaces include Gigabit Ethernet with network boot capability, four USB 2.0 ports, four serial ports, and Intel High-Definition Audio (HDA). A SATA 3 Gb/s interface supports high-capacity storage. Dual microSD sockets and a Mini PCIe socket with mSATA support provide flexible solid-state drive (SSD) options. The Mini PCIe socket also accommodates plug-in Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, Firewire, and other mini cards. The Falcon supports an optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for applications that require enhanced hardware-level security functions.

Designed and tested for industrial temperature (-40C to +85C) operation, the rugged Falcon also meets MIL-STD-202G specifications for shock and vibration. Soldered-on RAM and latching SATA, Ethernet, power, and main I/O connectors provide additional ruggedization for use in extremely harsh environments. Heatsink or heat plate versions provide fanless heat dissipation. Falcon is manufactured to IPC-A-610 Class 2 (modified) standards. For extremely-high-reliability applications, IPC-A-610 Class 3 versions are available.

A wide input voltage range of 8 to 17 volts (12V typ.) simplifies system power supply requirements. It is fully compatible with 12V automotive applications. Falcon is compatible with a variety of popular x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, and VxWorks.

Product customization is available, even in low quantities. Options include a Trusted Platform Module, conformal coating, BGA underfill, IPC Class 3 assembly, BIOS/splash screen configuration, application specific testing, BOM revision locks, labeling, etc.

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