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Cougar (VL-EPM-14)

Cougar  (VL-EPM-14)AMD Geode LX 800 SBC

AMD Geode LX 800 SBC

SBC with low-power consumption, no moving parts, extended temperature operation, and soldered-on memory.


  • PC/104-Plus Form Factor
    Small footprint. Multi-vendor support.
  • AMD Geode LX 800 Processor
    500 MHz performance with low power draw.
  • 256 MB DDR Memory
    Soldered-on RAM for high reliability.
  • 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
    Three COM ports (two RS-232, one RS-422/485) and one IDE interface.
  • 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.
  • MIL-STD-202G
    Qualified for high shock/vibration environments.

OS Compatibility: Windows XP, Windows Embedded XPe/CE, Linux, VxWorks, QNX, DOS

Embedded PC/104+ ModuleRoHS-compliant



The Cougar is a feature-rich, mid-performance single board computer that offers very low power consumption without sacrificing performance. The highly efficient AMD Geode LX 800 processor provides fanless extended temperature operation, while soldered-on memory ensures high reliability. Equipped with dual 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0 ports, and RS-232/422/485 COM ports, the Cougar is ideal for defense, aerospace, homeland security, medical, and other embedded computing applications.

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 Cougar is manufactured and tested to the highest quality standards, is compliant with RoHS regulations, and is backed by a two-year limited warranty.


The Cougar 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 Cougar’s on-board I/O, including USB 2.0 support, high-performance video, and RS-232/422/485 COM ports. The high-resolution video output can be configured for either standard desktop-type displays or LVDS flat panels.

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

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.

Ordering Information

Model Processor Speed Power Operating Temperature Cooling Digi-Key logo
VL-EPM-14h AMD Geode LX 800 500 MHZ 4.5W -40° to +85°C Fanless

Export Information

Description Value
SCHEDULE B:8471.60.7000


Part Number Description Photo
Cable Kit
VL-CKR-COUGEPM-14 Cougar Eval. Cable Kit. Includes VL-CBR-5011, 1008, 1201, 4405, 4406, and HDW-101.
VL-CBR-1008ATX power adapter cable, 10-pin . 12"
VL-CBR-1201VGA interface cable, 12-pin 2 mm (latching) / 15-pin VGA
VL-CBR-4405IDE cable adapter board, 44-pin to 40-pin
VL-CBR-4406IDE drive cable, 44-pin, 18"
VL-CBR-5011I/O cable set and paddleboard
VL-HDW-101Standoff package, 4x screws, 4x standoffs, 15mm, Metric thread
VL-CBR-2010LVDS / flat panel interface cable,18-bit (Hirose), 20"
VL-CBR-2011LVDS / flat panel cable, 18-bit (JAE), 20"
VL-CBR-5009AI/O ribbon cable, 50-pin to 50-pin, 18"
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-ADR-01S USB to Audio Adapter -25° to +85°C
VL-PS200-ATX 200W ATX-style development power supply (20+4+4-pin ATX connector)
VL-ENCL-5CDevelopment enclosure
VL-HDW-203PC/104 extractor tool (metal)
VL-CF-CLIP1CompactFlash retention clips x10
VL-HDW-106Standoff package, 0.6", English thread

Expansion Modules

Part Number Description Form Factor
Analog & Digital I/O
VCM-DAS-2 Analog Input, x16 (16-bit resolution) 200kHz + Digital I/O x16PC/104
VCM-DAS-3a Analog Output x16 (12-bit resolution) + Digital I/O x24, industrial temperaturePC/104
VL-EPM-V7E Video expansion module: VGA and LVDS, industrial temperaturePC/104-Plus
In-Stack Power Supply
VL-EPM-PS1a Power supply in-stack, industrial temperaturePC/104-Plus


General Processor AMD Geode LX 800
Chipset AMD Geode CS5536
Power Requirements +5V only with 256 MB RAM, keyboard, mouse, running Windows XP: 4.5W
System Reset and Hardware Monitors Watchdog timout
Voltage rail monitoring
Compatibility PC/104-Plus: supports 3.3V PCI signaling (2.2 compliant).
RoHS: compliant
Mechanical Board Size PC/104 standard: 90 mm x 96 mm (3.55” x 3.78”)
Storage Temperature -40° to +85°C
Operating Temperature -40° to +85°C
Thermal Shock 5°C/min. over operating temperature
Vibration, Sinusoidal Sweep MIL-STD-202G, Method 204, Modified Condition A: 2g constant acceleration from 5 to 500 Hz, 20 minutes per axis
Vibration, Random MIL-STD-202G, Method 214A, Condition A: 0.02g²/Hz (5.35g rms), 15 minutes per axis
Mechanical Shock MIL-STD-202G, Method 213B, Condition J: 30g half-sine, 11 ms duration per axis
Humidity Less than 95%, noncondensing
Memory System RAM 256 MB DDR memory. Soldered-on.
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.
Network Interface Ethernet* Dual Autodetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX ports. Horizontal RJ45 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. 115 Kbps.
COM 3 Interface* RS-422/485 selectable. 16C550 compatible. 460 Kbps.
Software BIOS Phoenix Technologies Embedded BIOS with OEM enhancements. Field reprogrammable. Support for USB keyboard/mouse and USB boot. User-configurable CMOS defaults.
Operating Systems Compatible with most x86 operating systems, including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, VxWorks, and QNX

*TVS protected port (enhanced ESD protection)
‡ Power pins on this port are protected with a self-resetting fuse

Data represents standard operation at 25°C with +5V supply unless otherwise noted. Specifications are subject to change without notice. PC/104 and PC/104-Plus are trademarks of the PC/104 Consortium.