Eugene, OR — August 6, 2012 — VersaLogic Corp., the embedded industry's most trusted computer company, has announced Falcon – an extremely small, rugged, embedded computer. The new Embedded Processing Unit (EPU) format combines processor, memory, video, and system I/O into an extremely compact embedded computer.
The Falcon was engineered and tested to meet the military and medical industries' evolving requirements for smaller, lighter embedded systems. Roughly the size of a credit card and less than one inch thick, the Falcon is a highly-integrated embedded computer. It combines the new Intel® Atom™ E6x0T low power processor, with system interfaces, in a form factor designed to withstand extreme temperature, impact, and vibration.
"Getting a product with this level of density to meet VersaLogic's rigid design, verification, and manufacturing process standards was challenging and expensive," said Bruce McKinnon, Chief Operating Officer of VersaLogic. "Our customers expect VersaLogic to be the standard in reliability. The unmanned avionics and field infantry systems using Falcon are examples that absolutely cannot afford failures. The Falcon is another example of our commitment to uphold VersaLogic's standards for product design and manufacturing quality."
The Falcon features an Intel Atom E6x0T processor which is optimized for performance/power consumption balance. It provides compatibility with a broad range of x86 application development tools for reduced cost and development time. Integrated high-performance graphics provide hardware-accelerated MPEG-4/H.264 and MPEG-2 video encoding and decoding. It includes a standard LVDS video output for flat panel displays.
On-board I/O includes 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 rotating or solid-state drives. Dual microSD sockets and a Mini PCIe socket with mSATA capability provide flexible solid-state drive (SSD) options. Systems can be enhanced by leveraging the Mini PCIe socket with 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) chip for applications that require enhanced hardware-level security functions.
The Falcon's wide input voltage range (8 to 17 volts) simplifies system power supply requirements. It is fully compatible with automotive type (nominal 12V) power systems.
Designed and tested for industrial temperature (-40° to +85°C) operation, the rugged Falcon meets MIL-STD-202G specifications to withstand high impact and vibration. Soldered-on RAM, fanless thermal solutions, and latching connectors (Ethernet, SATA, and main I/O) provide additional ruggedization for use in harsh environments. Falcon is available as an IPC-A-610 Class 2 assembly. Class 3 assembly is optional for situations where extreme reliability is required.
Falcon is RoHS compliant and includes VersaLogic's 5+ year production life guarantee. Customization options include TPM chip, conformal coating, IPC Class 3 assembly, cabling, revision locks, custom labeling, BIOS modifications, software, customized testing, screening, and more.
The Falcon will be available from stock starting in September of 2012. Pricing starts at $853 for 1 GB RAM models in OEM quantities. Contact Sales@VersaLogic.com or visit www.VersaLogic.com for more information.
A leading supplier of industrial computers since 1976, VersaLogic focuses on high-quality board-level products for embedded OEM applications. Its 5+ year production life guarantee and outstanding warranties demonstrate a commitment to service. For six consecutive years, VersaLogic has received the coveted Platinum level vendor rating based on independent user surveys by technology research firm VDC Research Group, Inc. Product platforms include COM, EBX™, EPIC™, EPU™, PC/104™, SUMIT™, and SPX™. For more information, visit www.VersaLogic.com.