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Python (VL-EBX-11)

Python  (VL-EBX-11)EBX SBC with AMD Geode LX 800

EBX SBC with AMD Geode LX 800

Low-power, high performance board with no moving parts


The Python is OBSOLETE. This data sheet is viewable for reference only from an INTERNAL VERSALOGIC WORKSTATION. It does NOT appear to normal users on our public website.

For existing designs, VersaLogic recommends migration to the following product(s):

  • Anaconda (VL-EBX-18) Low-power EBX-format embedded computer


  • EBX Form Factor
    PC/104 and PC/104-Plus expansion with a full complement of on-board I/O.
  • Geode LX 800 Processor
    500 MHz performance with lower power draw.
  • High Performance Video
    Analog and LVDS flat panel outputs for 18 and 24-bit displays.
  • Network Support
    Dual 10/100 Ethernet provides fast network access and boot ROM support.
  • USB Ports
    Four USB 2.0 ports provide flexible I/O options for keyboard, mouse, floppy drives, and other devices.
  • Integrated I/O
    Four COM ports (two RS-232, two RS-232/422), one IDE interface, and one LPT port with SPP and enhanced modes.
  • Digital and Analog I/O
    32 lines of digital I/O, eight 12-bit analog channels, and three pulse width modulation (PWM) outputs.
  • CompactFlash Socket
    Removable non-volatile media has no moving parts and is bootable.
  • Fanless Operation
    No moving parts required for CPU cooling.
  • Embedded BIOS
    OEM embedded features and firmware support. Field-upgradeable, customization available.
  • Cost Effective Expansion
    PC/104, PC/104-Plus and SPX expansion sites.

Software Expertise: Reference & Software Expertise



The Python is a mid-performance single board computer that offers lower power consumption and superior performance over previous generation embedded computers. Advancements in technology allow the Python to be a more flexible core component in any embedded system, and reduce the amount of development time required to add specialized I/O or custom peripheral devices. The highly efficient AMD Geode LX 800 processor is integrated with a wide range of on-board I/O from standard PC/104 and PC/104-Plus interfaces to versatile analog and digital I/O. With dual Ethernet channels, USB 2.0 ports, RS-232 and RS-422 COM ports, and fanless operation, the Python is ideal for industrial control and data acquisition applications. The Python is available in several versions, including models for standard and extended temperature operation.

Like all VersaLogic products, this small and efficient SBC is designed to support OEM applications where high reliability and long-term availability are required. From application design-in to 5+ years production life, its quality and longevity provide a cost-effective, long-term solution. Customization is available on as few as 100 pieces. The Python is manufactured and tested to the highest quality standards, is compliant with RoHS regulations, and is backed by a two year limited warranty.


The Python features the AMD Geode LX 800 processor, which offers 500 MHz performance while drawing less than 5 watts of power. This highly-integrated processor, along with its companion chip, provide the majority of the Python's on-board I/O, including USB support, audio, and video. The high resolution video output can be configured for either standard desktop-type displays or LVDS flat panels.

For cost-effective I/O expansion without the need for additional PC/104 modules, the Python includes VersaLogic's new SPX interface. SPX modules provide an inexpensive solution for additional I/O including analog, digital, CANbus, relay switching, and more. In addition, the simple SPX interface, which is based on Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) signaling, can be used to easily design custom user I/O devices.

The board features a General Software Embedded BIOS with OEM enhancements. This BIOS supports custom defaults and the addition of firmware and firmbase applications for security processes, remote booting, and other pre-OS software functions. The Python is compatible with a variety of popular operating systems, including Windows, QNX, VxWorks, and Linux.

VersaLogic products are designed for use by OEMs working in a variety of market applications: Aerospace, Defense, Energy, Industrial, Security, Medical, Military, Robotics, and Transportation. Anywhere that the need for superb quality and high-performance embedded computing exists, applications include: automation, avionics, gateway, in-vehicle, monitoring, simulation, and vision.

VersaLogic delivers extremely reliable standard and customized embedded computers backed with unsurpassed service and the highest availability in the market. VersaLogic exists to exceed customers' product, service, support and delivery needs - whenever and wherever the need arises.


General Processor AMD Geode LX 800
Chipset AMD Geode CS5536
Power Requirements +5.0V5%@.90A (4.5W) typ.
System Reset and Hardware Monitors Watchdog timeout
Voltage rail monitoring
Compatibility EBX: mechanically compatible.
PC/104-Plus: supports 3.3V PCI signaling (2.1 compliant).
SPX: compliant
RoHS: compliant
Mechanical Board Size 5.75 x 8 (146 mm x 203 mm)
Storage Temperature -40 to +85C
Operating Temperature 0 to +60C (VL-EBX-11g)
-40 to +85C (VL-EBX-11h)
Thermal Shock 5C/min over operating temperature
Vibration, Sinusoidal Sweep 2g constant acceleration from 5 to 500Hz, 20 minutes per axis, MIL-STD-202G, Method 204, Modified Condition A
Vibration, Random .02g/Hz (5.35g rms) 15 minutes per axis, MIL-STD-202G, Method 214A, Condition A
Mechanical Shock 30g half-sine, 11 ms duration per axis, MIL-STD-202G, method 213B, condition J
Humidity Less than 95%, noncondensing
Memory System RAM One 200-pin SODIMM socket. Up to 1 GB of 333 MHz PC2700 compatible DDR RAM.
Flash Interface High-retention CompactFlash socket. DMA supported.
Video General Integrated high-performance video.
Up to 1600 x 1200 with 32-bit color.
MMX + 3DNow!
Desktop Display Interface Standard analog output. 2 mm IDC connector.

OEM Flat Panel Interface 18/24-bit LVDS interface. CMOS-selectable TFT panel types.
Ethernet* Dual Autodetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX ports. Vertical RJ-45 connectors.
Network Boot Option Firmware-based Argon Managed Boot Agent. Supports PXE, RPL, NetWare, TCP/IP (DHCP, BOOTP) remote boot protocols.
Device I/O USB* 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
IDE Interface ATA-5, UDMA66 interface. 44-pin 2 mm connector.
COM 1 & 2 Interface* RS-232, 16C550 compatible. 115K baud max.
COM 3 & 4 Interface* RS-232/422 selectable. 16C550 compatible. 460K baud max.
LPT Interface* Standard PC parallel port. Bi-directional/EPP/ECP compatible.
Digital I/O 32-line digital I/O port, 3.3V only.
Analog Input 8-channel, 12-bit port.
PWM Outputs and Tach Inputs 3 PWM (pulse width modulation) outputs and tachometer inputs.
Audio AC`97 stereo line in, stereo line out.
AT Peripherals* Keyboard and PS/2 mouse port.
Software Operating Systems Compatible with most x86 operating systems including Windows CE/XPe, QNX, VxWorks, and Linux.
BIOS General Software's Embedded BIOS with OEM enhancements. Field reprogrammable. User-configurable CMOS defaults.
*TVS protected port (Enhanced ESD protection).
Tachometer inputs can be used to time the interval between events or as feedback to PWM outputs
Power pins on this port are protected with a self-resetting fuse.

Data represents standard operation at 25C with 5 V supply unless otherwise noted. Specifications are subject to change without notice. PC/104, PC/104-
Plus, and EBX are trademarks of the PC/104 Consortium. SPX is a trademark of VersaLogic Corporation.

Software Support Packages

Windows Win XP
  • DRV-WXP-GLX - 1.0.0
    Driver Package (DRV) for VersaLogic SBCs based on the AMD Geode LX platform. This package contains Windows XP drivers for video, audio, and Ethernet.

Windows Embedded Win XPe
  • BSP-XPE-GLX - 1.0.0
    Board Support Package (BSP) for VersaLogic SBCs based on the AMD Geode LX 800 platform. This package contains drivers for audio, Ethernet, and video.

Windows Embedded Win CE
  • BSP-CE6-GLX - 2.0.0
    Board Support Package (BSP) for VersaLogic SBCs based on the AMD Geode LX 800 platform. This package contains drivers for serial ports, video, Ethernet, audio, IDE/CompactFlash, and USB.
  • BSP-CE6-GLX - 1.0.0
    Board Support Package (BSP) for VersaLogic SBCs based on the AMD Geode LX 800 platform. This package contains drivers for serial ports, video, Ethernet, audio, IDE/CompactFlash, and USB. See BSP-CE6-GLX-R2.00 for the latest version of this package.
  • Windows CE BSP - 1.0.0
    Windows CE Board Support Packages (BSPs) simplify the effort required to get a boot loader and kernel running on a device. This allows original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to evaluate Windows CE operating system features, bring up the operating system on custom hardware, and accelerate time-to-market.

Linux Debian
  • DEV-CD-L6 - 3.0.0
    Quick Start Package (QSP) for VersaLogic SBCs based on the AMD Geode LX 800 platform which allows embedded developers to streamline hardware setup by eliminating the need for OS configuration and driver installation.
  • DEV-CD-L6 - 2.0.0
    Quick Start Package (QSP) for the Cougar (EPM-14) and Python (EBX-11) single board computers which allows embedded developers to streamline hardware setup by eliminating the need for Operating System (OS) configuration and driver installation. See DEV-CD-L6-R3.00 for the latest version of this package.
  • DEV-CD-L6 - 1.0.0
    Quick-start Board Support Package for the Cougar (EPM-14) and Python (EBX-11) single board computers which allows embedded developers to streamline hardware setup by eliminating the need for Operating System (OS) configuration and driver installation. See DEV-CD-L6-R3.00 for the latest version of this package.
  • DEV-CD-L4 - 2.0.0
    Debian Linux 4.0 (Kernel 2.6.22) as a package of pre-compiled installation images.

Wind River VxWorks

Operating System Compatibility

Win 7 - Not Compatible
Win XP - Tested & Compatible
Win Std 7 - Not Compatible
Win XPe - Tested & Compatible
Win CE - Tested & Compatible
Debian - Tested & Compatible
Ubuntu - Meets Specifications
Knoppix - Meets Specifications
VxWorks - Tested & Compatible
Neutrino - Tested & Compatible
DOS - Tested & Compatible

OS Compatibility Notes

  • Does not meet minimum system requirements for Windows 7.
  • Tested on Windows XP 5.1.2600 SP2
  • Tested on Windows XPe SP2
  • Tested on Windows CE 5.0
  • Tested on Windows CE 6.0 R3
  • Tested on Debian Linux "Etch" 4.0 (kernel 2.6.25-5)
  • Tested on Debian Linux "Lenny" 5.0 (kernel 2.6.28-1)
  • Tested on VxWorks 5.5.1
  • Tested on QNX 6.3.2
  • Tested on DOS 6.22


Part Number Description Photo
Cable Kit
VL-CKR-PYTHEBX-11 Python Eval. Cable Kit. Includes VL-CBR-5009, 1201, 2002, 4405, 4406, and HDW-101 (x2).
VL-CBR-1201VGA interface cable, 12-pin 2 mm (latching) / 15-pin VGA
VL-CBR-2022ATX to 10-pin power adapter cable (20-pin ATX side), 6.5"
VL-CBR-4405IDE cable adapter board, 44-pin to 40-pin
VL-CBR-4406IDE drive cable, 44-pin, 18"
VL-CBR-5009I/O cable set and paddleboard
VL-HDW-101Standoff package, 4x screws, 4x standoffs, 15mm, Metric thread
VL-CBR-1009Dual USB 2.0 cable, 10-pin, 16"
VL-CBR-2003LPT cable, 20-pin to 25F D-sub, 12"
VL-CBR-2010LVDS / flat panel interface cable,18-bit (Hirose), 20"
VL-CBR-2011LVDS / flat panel cable, 18-bit (JAE), 20"
VL-CBR-4004Paddleboard and cable for analog and digital I/O, 12" 40-pin 2mm cable
VL-CBR-1401SPX module cable assembly, supports 2 modules, 14-pin, 6"
VL-CBR-1402SPX module cable assembly, supports 4 modules, 14-pin, 12"
VL-MM5D-1GBDRAM 1 GB, PC-2700 SODIMM DDR, Standard Temp.
VL-MM5D-1GBERDRAM 1 GB, PC-2700 SODIMM DDR, industrial temperature., Conformal Coated
VL-MM5D-1GBETDRAM 1 GB, PC-2700 SODIMM DDR, industrial temperature
VL-MM5D-512DRAM 512 MB, PC-2700 SODIMM DDR, standard temperature
VL-MM5D-256DRAM 256 MB, PC-2700 SODIMM DDR, standard temperature
Solid State Drives
VL-CFM-4GBSSD 4 GB CompactFlash
VL-CFM-2GBSSD 2 GB CompactFlash
VL-CFM-1GBSSD 1 GB CompactFlash
VL-CFM-1GBETSSD 1 GB CompactFlash, industrial temperature
VL-CFM-512SSD 512 MB CompactFlash Type1
VL-CFM-512ETSSD 512 MB CompactFlash Type1, industrial temperature
VL-ENCL-5CDevelopment enclosure
VL-CF-CLIP1CompactFlash retention clips x10

Expansion Modules

Part Number Description Form Factor
VL-SPX-3 CANbus Module, single-channel V2.0B, industrial temperatureSPX
Analog & Digital I/O
VL-SPX-1 Analog Input Module, x8 Channels, industrial temperatureSPX
VL-SPX-2 Digital I/O Module, x16 lines, industrial temperatureSPX
VL-SPX-4 Analog Output Module, x4 single channels 12-bit, industrial temperatureSPX
VL-SPX-5 Solid State Switch Module, x8 channels, industrial temperatureSPX

Ordering Information

Model Processor Speed Operating Temp. Cooling Feature Digi-Key logo
VL-EBX-11g Geode LX 800 500 MHz 0 to +60C None
VL-EBX-11h ! Geode LX 800 500 MHz -40 to +85C Heatsink
VL-EBX-11hr ! Geode LX 800 500 MHz -40 to +85C Heatsink Conformal coated
§ This product is nearing the end of its production phase and is not appropriate for OEM products at the start of their lifecycle. This product is not recommended for new designs.
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