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Falcon (VL-EPU-2610)

Atom "Tunnel Creek" based EPU - up to 1 GB on-board memory

Extremely small and rugged embedded computer.


  • Embedded Processing Unit
    A complete embedded computer in an extremely small/rugged format.
  • Intel Atom E6x0T Processor
    1.6 GHz performance. Low power consumption.
  • Industrial Temperature Operation
    -40 to +85C operation for harsh environments.
  • MIL-STD-202G
    Qualified for high shock/vibration environments.
  • Fanless Operation
    No moving parts required for CPU cooling.
  • Wide Input Voltage Range
    Accepts 8 to 17 volts (12V typ.).
  • High-performance Video
    Graphics core supports MPEG-4/H.264 and MPEG-2 encoding and decoding.
  • Network
    Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) with remote boot support.
  • RAM
    Up to 2 GB soldered-on DDR2 RAM.
  • SATA
    Supports SATA hard drives and mSATA flash storage options.
  • Mini PCIe Card Socket
    Supports Wi-Fi modems, GPS, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, solid-state storage, and other plug-in devices.
  • Device I/O
    Four serial ports, four USB ports, Intel High-Definition Audio.
  • Trusted Platform Module (optional)
    On-board security option defends against attacks from unauthorized hardware and software.

OS Compatibility: 10 Windows/8/7/XP, Windows Embedded Std. 7/XPe/CE, Linux, VxWorks, QNX, DOS

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The Falcon is an extremely small and rugged embedded computer. It has been engineered and tested to meet the Military and Medical industries evolving 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, the Falcon is the embedded industrys 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 a lot of performance, lower power consumption (911W typical), and a very compact package. 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 (-40 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.

Ordering Information

Model Processor Speed RAM Main I/O Connector Cooling Buy Now at DigiKey.com
VL-EPU-2610-EBPN Atom E640T 1.0 GHz 1 GB Non-latching Heat plate
VL-EPU-2610-ECPN Atom E680T 1.6 GHz 1 GB Non-latching Heat plate
VL-EPU-2610-EDPN Atom E680T 1.6 GHz 2 GB Non-latching Heat plate
VL-EPU-2610-EBKN Atom E640T 1.0 GHz 1 GB Non-latching Heatsink
VL-EPU-2610-ECKN Atom E680T 1.6 GHz 1 GB Non-latching Heatsink
VL-EPU-2610-EDKN Atom E680T 1.6 GHz 2 GB Non-latching Heatsink
VL-EPU-2610-EDPL Atom E680T 1.6 GHz 2 GB Rugged latching Heat plate
VL-EPU-2610-EBPL* Atom E640T 1.0 GHz 1 GB Rugged latching Heat plate
VL-EPU-2610-ECPL* Atom E680T 1.6 GHz 1 GB Rugged latching Heat plate
VL-EPU-2610-EBKL* Atom E640T 1.0 GHz 1 GB Rugged latching Heatsink
VL-EPU-2610-ECKL* Atom E680T 1.6 GHz 1 GB Rugged latching Heatsink
* Special Order Product Contact VersaLogic Sales for minimum order quantities and lead time.


Part Number Description Photo
Cable Kit
VL-CKR-FALC-NEPU-2610 Falcon Cable Kit. Includes VL-CBR-5013, 0701, 0804, 0807, 2014, 2015, and HDW-401.
VL-CKR-FALC-LEPU-2610 Falcon Rugged latching Cable Kit. Includes VL-CBR-5014, 0702, 0804, 0807, 2014, 2015, and HDW-401.
VL-CBR-5013I/O cable set and paddleboard
VL-CBR-5014I/O cable set and paddleboard - rugged latching
VL-CBR-0701SATA cable, 19.75
VL-CBR-0804Ethernet adapter cable, Latching, 12" , (-20 to +75C)
VL-CBR-0807Power adapter cable. ATX12 to Falcon, 12"
VL-CBR-2014LVDS to VGA adapter board
VL-CBR-2015LVDS / Flat Panel cable, 24-bit (Hirose), 20"
VL-CBR-0702SATA cable, Latching, 19.75"
VL-CBR-2016LVDS / Flat Panel cable, 18-bit (JAE), 20"
VL-CBR-2017LVDS 24-bit 1.25 mm Hirose Cable, 20"
Solid State Drives
VL-F41-8EBNSSD 8 GB Micro SD Card, Industrial Temp.
VL-F41-4EBNSSD 4 GB Micro SD Card, Industrial Temp.
VL-F41-2EBNSSD 2 GB Micro SD Card, Industrial Temp.
VL-HDS35-320Hard Drive - rotating, 320GB, 7200 RPM, 3.5", SATA
VL-PS-ATX12-300A300W ATX-style development power supply
VL-HDW-108Mini PCIe card / mSATA hold-down screws (10) for use with 2.5 mm standoffs, Metric thread, Nylon
VL-HDW-405Secondary mounting plate. Flat. 75 x 84 mm. Simplifies installation in many situations. Attaches to heat plate on standard product.
VL-HDW-401Thermal compound paste. For attaching heat plates and sinks.

Expansion Modules

Part Number Description Form Factor
VL-MPEe-E3E Gigabit Ethernet adapter, Industrial Temp. (PCIe Signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-FW1E 1394 Firewire Module, Industrial Temp. (PCIe Signaling)Mini PCIe
Serial I/O
VL-MPEe-U2E RS-232/422/485 x4 + GPIO x12, Industrial Temp. (PCIe Signaling)Mini PCIe
Analog & Digital I/O
VL-MPEe-A1E Analog input, x8 single ended (12-bit resolution), Industrial Temp. (PCIe Signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-A2E Analog input, x8 single ended (16-bit resolution), Industrial Temp. (PCIe Signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-V5E VGA and LVDS Interface, Industrial Temp. (PCIe Signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEu-G2E GPS receiver, Industrial Temp. (USB Signaling)Mini PCIe
Solid-State Storage (flash memory)
VL-MPEs-F1E32 32 GB mSATA drive, Industrial Temp. (SATA Signaling)MSATA
VL-MPEs-F1E16 16 GB mSATA drive, Industrial Temp. (SATA Signaling)MSATA
VL-MPEs-F1E4 4 GB mSATA drive, Industrial Temp. (SATA Signaling)MSATA
VL-MPEs-S3E SATA adapter, Industrial Temp. (SATA Signaling)MSATA


General Size Heat plate models: 55 x 84 x 22 mm (2.17 x 3.31 x 0.87)
Heatsink models: 55 x 84 x 38.5 mm (2.17 x 3.31 x 1.51)
Processor Intel Atom E6x0T platform. 512K 8-way L2 cache. Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (HT), Virtualization Technology (VT).
Chipset Intel EG20T Platform Controller Hub (PCH)
Battery Connection for 3.0V RTC backup battery
Power Requirements (@ +12V)
Model Idle Typical Max. S3
VL-EPU-2610-EBxx 8.2W 9.0W 9.8W 3.4W
VL-EPU-2610-ECxx 9.7W 10.6W 11.6W 3.4W
VL-EPU-2610-EDxx 9.7W 10.6W 11.6W 3.4W
Input Voltage 8V17V (nominal 12V operation)
System Reset & Hardware Monitors All voltage rails monitored. Watchdog timer with programmable timeout (1 S to 10 min.). Push-button sleep, reset, and power.
Manufacturing Standards
Standard IPC-A-610 Class 2 modified
Custom IPC-A-610 Class 3 modified
Regulatory Compliance RoHS compliant
Environmental Operating Temperature -40 to +85C. Derate -1.1C per 305m (1,000 ft.) above 2,300m (7,500 ft.).*
Storage Temperature -40 to +85C
Cooling Fanless. Heatsink or bolt-down heat plate.
Airflow Requirements
Model Temp. Range Airflow
Heat plate models -40 to +85C
Heat plate must be kept below 90C
Zero airflow
Heatsink models -40 to +60C Zero airflow
+60 to +85C 300 LFM
Altitude *
Operating To 15,000 ft. (4,570m)
Storage To 40,000 ft. (12,000m)
Thermal Shock 5C/min. over operating temperature
Humidity Less than 95%, noncondensing
Vibration, Sinusoidal Sweep MIL-STD-202G, Method 204, Modified Condition A: 2g constant acceleration from 5 to 500 Hz, 20 min. per axis
Vibration, Random MIL-STD-202G, Method 214A, Condition A: 5.35g rms, 5 min. per axis
Mechanical Shock MIL-STD-202G, Method 213B, Condition G: 20g half-sine, 11 ms duration per axis
Security TPM (optional) Optional support for Intel Trusted Platform Module 1.2 devices. Temperature limitation to 70C max.
Memory System RAM
Standard 1 GB or 2 GB
Special Order 512 MB
Soldered-on DDR2 SDRAM. 800 MT/s.
Video General Intel GMA600 high-performance graphics core. Advanced 2D/3D graphics. Hardware-accelerated video encode and decode.
VRAM Up to 256 MB + 384 MB shared DRAM
OEM Flat Panel Interface Single-channel LVDS interface. 18/24-bit. Up to 1280 x 768 (60 Hz).
Mass Storage Rotating Drive One SATA 3 Gb/s port. Latching SATA connector.
Two microSD sockets. Support up to 32 GB each.
Mini PCIe socket with mSATA support
Network Interface Ethernet One autodetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT port. Latching connector. Network boot option.
Device I/O USB Four USB 2.0 host ports
COM 1 RS-232/422 selectable. 16C550 compatible. 1 Mbps max. Handshake lines.
COM 2 / 3 / 4 RS-232/422 selectable. 16C550 compatible. 1 Mbps max.
GPIO Four user I/O lines. Independently configurable.
Audio Intel High-Definition Audio (HDA) CODEC
Other I/O Mini PCIe Card Socket Supports Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet channels, non-volatile flash data storage, and other plug-in modules (full or half size). USB, SATA, and PCIe signaling.
Software BIOS AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS with OEM enhancements. Field reprogrammable.
Sleep Mode ACPI 3.0. Support for S3 suspend state.
Operating Systems Compatible with most x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, and VxWorks
Represents operation at +25C and +12V supply running Windows 7 with LVDS display, SATA, GbE, COM, and USB keyboard/mouse. Typical power computed as the mean value of Idle and Maximum power specifications. Maximum power measured with 95% CPU utilization.
 IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) compatible
 Bootable storage device capability
* Extended altitude specifications available upon request
MIL-STD-202G shock and vibe levels are used to illustrate the extreme ruggedness of this product in general. Testing at higher levels and/or different types of shock or vibration methods can be accommodated per the specific requirements of the application. Contact a VersaLogic Sales Engineer for further information.
Specifications are subject to change without notification. Intel and Atom are trademarks of Intel Corp. PCI Express is a registered trademark of PCI-SIG. microSD is a trademark of SD-3C, LLC. EPU and Embedded Processing Unit are trademarks of VersaLogic Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.