Compact Skylake-powered embedded computer consumes just 15 W

December 5, 2017 ECD Staff

VersaLogic has released the Condor,  a high-performance embedded computer that measures just 95 by 95 by 37 mm and is built around Intel’s 6th generation Skylake Core processor. As a result, power consumption can be as low as 15 W. The on-board TPM security chip can lock out unauthorized hardware and software access, providing a secure “Root of Trust.” Additional security is provided through built-in AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) instructions.

Condor is the latest addition to VersaLogic’s line of EPU (Embedded Processing Unit) format computers. EPUs are designed around COM Express form factors, but are complete board-level computers. They provide all the future flexibility of separate CPU and I/O modules, and are delivered as complete fully assembled and tested units (including heat plate), ready to bolt into a system. Since VersaLogic’s EPUs are available off-the-shelf, they can drastically reduce project start-up and development time.

On-board I/O includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports with network boot capability, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 host ports, and two serial ports. One SATA III interface supports high-capacity rotating or solid-state drives. Eight digital I/O lines, I2C and SPI are also available. Two Mini PCIe sockets (one with mSATA capabilities) provide flexible solid-state drive options. Systems can be easily enhanced by leveraging the Mini PCIe sockets with plug-in Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, Firewire, and other mini cards.

The Condor is designed and tested for industrial temperature (-40° to +85°C) operation and meets MIL-STD-202G specifications to withstand high impact and vibration. For additional reliability, it includes on-board power conditioning that accepts an 8- to 30-V input to simplify system power supply design. For additional protection, the conditioner includes reverse- and over-voltage protection.

OEM quantity pricing starts at $1304 for the Core i3 model with 8 Gbytes of RAM.

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