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Blackbird (VL-EPU-4562)

Blackbird  (VL-EPU-4562)High-Performance EPU embedded Computer with Intel

High-Performance EPU embedded Computer with Intel "Skylake" processor

High performance Intel Core i7-6822 or i5-6442 Skylake system with up to 32 GB RAM, two GbE, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two 6GB SATA, and three Mini PCIe Sockets. COM Basic size.


  • Intel Core "Skylake" Processor
    Quad- and Dual-core, up to 2.6 GHz clock rate.
  • On-board Power Management
    Accepts 8 to 30 volts DC, and provides OVP, reverse polarity protection, RF noise filtering, and transient voltage suppression.
  • High-performance Video
    Integrated Intel HD Graphics Gen 9 core supports DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, and H.264, MPEG-2 encoding/decoding. Two Mini DisplayPorts and one dual-channel LVDS video output. LVDS backlight control.
  • Trusted Platform Module
    On-board TPM security chip can lock out unauthorized hardware and software.
  • RAM
    Up to 32 GB DDR4RAM.
  • Network
    Two Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). One port with remote boot support.
  • Industrial I/O
    Two USB 3.0 port and four USB 2.0 ports support keyboard, mouse, and other devices. Four RS-232/422/485 serial ports, three 8254 timer/counters, audio output, and I2C support.
  • Analog + Digital I/O
    On-board data acquisition support. Eight multi-range analog inputs, four analog outputs, and twenty four 3.3V digital I/O lines.
  • SATA
    Two 6 Gb/s SATA ports support bootable SATA hard drives.
  • Mini PCIe sockets
    Two full- and one half-sized sockets. Supports Wi-Fi modems, GPS, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, flash data storage with auto-detect mSATA flash storage support, and other mini PCIe modules.
  • SPI Interface
    Supports SPI and SPX devices, including low cost analog and digital modules.
  • Industrial Temperature Operation
    -40° to +85°C operation for harsh environments
  • MIL-STD-202G
    Qualified for high shock/vibration operation
  • Software Support
    Compatible with a variety of popular x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, and VxWorks.

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




The Blackbird is a compact, rugged x86 type board-level 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. The Blackbird is a member of the VersaLogic family of ultra-rugged EPU embedded computers. Using fully integrated COM components, the Blackbird is supplied fully assembled and tested, including heat plate, ready to install in a system. In addition to providing a very compact footprint, it is designed to withstand extreme temperature, impact, and vibration.

The Skylake processor options feature quad- and dual-core CPUs along with Hyper-Threading logic allowing up to 8 simultaneous threads to be executed. The Blackbird provides great performance and I/O features, moderate power consumption (15 to 22 W typical depending on model), and a compact package. The Blackbird provides compatibility with a broad range of standard x86 application development tools for reduced development time.

The on-board Power Management Unit greatly simplifies system power supply requirements. It features a wide input voltage range of 8 to 30 volts so it is fully compatible with 12 or 24V vehicle applications. It also includes reverse voltage protection, over voltage protection, RF noise filtering, and transient voltage protection, to provide enhanced durability and reliability in the field.

Designed and tested for industrial temperature (-40° to +85°C) operation, the rugged Blackbird also meets MIL-STD-202G specifications for shock and vibration. Latching SATA, Ethernet, power, and main I/O connectors provide additional ruggedization for use in harsh environments.

Blackbird is compatible with a variety of popular x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, and VxWorks.

COT's modifications are available, even in low OEM quantities. Modifications include conformal coating, BIOS / splash screen configuration, application specific testing, BOM revision locks, custom labeling, etc.

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 Operating
Processor Cores Hyper-Threading
/ Threads
CPU Clock /
Turbo Speed
Graphics Core Graphics Base Clock /
Max Dynamic Speed
Memory Cooling Price OEM quantities Digi-Key logo
VL-EPU-4462-EAP-08 -40 to +85C i3-6100U 2 Yes / 4 2.3 GHz / NA HD 520 300 MHz / 1.0 GHz 8 GB Heat plate $1,421.
VL-EPU-4462-EBP-16 -40 to +85C i5-6300U 2 Yes / 4 2.4 GHz / 3.0 GHz HD 520 300 MHz / 1.0 GHz 16 GB Heat plate $1,833.
VL-EPU-4462-ECP-16 * -40 to +85C i7-6600U 2 Yes / 4 2.6 GHz / 3.4 GHz HD 520 300 MHz / 1.05 GHz 16 GB Heat plate $2,184.
VL-EPU-4562-EBP-16 -40 to +85C i5-6442EQ 4 No / 4 1.9 GHz / 2.7 GHz HD 530 350 MHz / 1.0 GHz 16 GB Heat plate $1,932.
VL-EPU-4562-ECP-16 -40 to +85C i7-6822EQ 4 Yes / 8 2.0 GHz / 2.8 GHz HD 530 350 MHz / 1.0 GHz 16 GB Heat plate $2,330.
VL-EPU-4562-ECP-32 -40 to +85C i7-6822EQ 4 Yes / 8 2.0 GHz / 2.8 GHz HD 530 350 MHz / 1.0 GHz 32 GB Heat plate $2,425.
VL-EPU-4462-SAP-04 * 0 to +60C i3-6100U 2 Yes / 4 2.3 GHz / NA HD 520 300 MHz / 1.0 GHz 4 GB Heat plate $1,339.
VL-EPU-4462-SAP-08 0 to +60C i3-6100U 2 Yes / 4 2.3 GHz / NA HD 520 300 MHz / 1.0 GHz 8 GB Heat plate $1,359.
VL-EPU-4462-SBP-16 0 to +60C i5-6300U 2 Yes / 4 2.4 GHz / 3.0 GHz HD 520 300 MHz / 1.0 GHz 16 GB Heat plate $1,771.
VL-EPU-4462-SCP-16 * 0 to +60C i7-6600U 2 Yes / 4 2.6 GHz / 3.4 GHz HD 520 300 MHz / 1.05 GHz 16 GB Heat plate $2,122.
VL-EPU-4562-SBP-16 0 to +60C i5-6442EQ 4 No / 4 1.9 GHz / 2.7 GHz HD 530 350 MHz / 1.0 GHz 16 GB Heat plate $1,849.
VL-EPU-4562-SCP-16 0 to +60C i7-6822EQ 4 Yes / 8 2.0 GHz / 2.8 GHz HD 530 350 MHz / 1.0 GHz 16 GB Heat plate $2,247.
VL-EPU-4562-SCP-32 0 to +60C i7-6822EQ 4 Yes / 8 2.0 GHz / 2.8 GHz HD 530 350 MHz / 1.0 GHz 32 GB Heat plate $2,323.
* Special Order Product. Contact VersaLogic Sales for minimum order quantities and lead time.
† Derate -1.1C per 305m (1,000 ft.) above 2,300m (7,500 ft.).

Export Information

Description Value
SCHEDULE B:8471.60.7000


Part Number Description Photo
Cable Kit
VL-CKR-BLACKBIRDEPU-4562/4462 Blackbird Eval. Cable Kit. Includes VL-CBR-4005, 0702, 1014 (x2), 1604, 2004, 2005, 2032, 0809, 0810, HDW-401, and 108.
VL-CBR-4005Primary breakout cable: 18" 2mm latching 40-pin to 40-pin
VL-CBR-0702SATA cable, latching, 19.75"
VL-CBR-1604Dual Ethernet adapter cable, latching, 12"
VL-CBR-2004Analog I/O cable and paddleboard, 1mm 20-pin, 12"
VL-CBR-2005Digital I/O cable and paddleboard, 1mm 20-pin, 12"
VL-CBR-2032miniDisplayPort to VGA adapter, 6"
VL-CBR-0809Power adapter cable, 12V medium-power. ATX12 to Osprey/Raven. 12"
VL-CBR-0810Stereo audio, 8-pin Pico-Clasp to 3.5mm jacks, 0.5m
VL-CBR-1014RS232 two channel cable 2xDsub (9-pin), latching, 12"
VL-HDW-401Thermal compound paste. For attaching heat plates and sinks.
VL-HDW-108Mini PCIe card / mSATA 10x hold-down screws for use with 2.5 mm standoffs, Metric thread, Nylon
Thermal Options
VL-HDW-417Passive Heat Sink. Mounts to heat plate on standard product 95 x 125 x 15 mm
VL-HDW-418Cooling fan for use with HDW-417 passive heatsinks, 12V
VL-HDW-408Heat Pipe system. Mounts to products heat plate. 55 x 84 x 8.2mm
VL-CBR-0203Battery module, 2-pin latching, 6"
VL-CBR-0401Power cable, ATX to SATA, 6.25"
VL-CBR-0404LED back light, 3-pin Pico-Clasp / 4-pin IDE power to 6-pin 12V, 0.5 m
VL-CBR-0503USB 2.0 Male A to Male Micro-B cable, 0.5 m
VL-CBR-0901Pico-Clasp to two SPX cables, 9-pin. 9"
VL-CBR-2014LVDS to VGA adapter board
VL-CBR-2031miniDisplayPort to miniDisplayPort, 36"
VL-CBR-2033miniDisplayPort to HDMI active adapter, requires DP port, 6"
VL-CBR-30012-Ch LVDS 30-pin JAE to 30-pin JAE, 20"
VL-CBR-30021-Ch LVDS 30-pin JAE to 20-pin Hirose, 20"
VL-CBR-30031-Ch LVDS 30-pin JAE to 20-pin JAE, 20"
VL-PS-ATX12-300A 300W ATX-style development power supply (24+8-pin ATX connector)
VL-HDW-111Half- to Full-Size MiniPCIe Adapter Kit. Metal adapter and 2x screws.
VL-DEV-USB-VV1 VersaViewer: A real-time viewer for embedded hardware developers.

Expansion Modules

Part Number Description Form Factor
VL-MPEe-E3E Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, industrial temperature (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-E4E Gigabit Ethernet Over Fiber Optic media (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-FW1E 1394 Firewire Module, industrial temperature (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
Serial I/O
VL-MPEe-U2E RS-232/422/485 x4 + GPIO x12 Module, industrial temperature (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
Analog & Digital I/O
VL-MPEe-A1E Analog Input Module, x8 channels single ended (12-bit resolution), industrial temperature (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEe-A2E Analog Iinput Module, x8 channels single ended (16-bit resolution), industrial temperature (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
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
VL-MPEe-V5E VGA and LVDS Interface, industrial temperature (PCIe signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEu-G2E GPS Receiver, industrial temperature (USB signaling)Mini PCIe
VL-MPEu-G3E Precision GPS Receiver, industrial temperature (USB signaling)Mini PCIe
Solid-State Storage (flash memory)
VL-MPEs-F1E32 32 GB mSATA drive, industrial temperature (SATA signaling)MSATA
VL-MPEs-F1E16 16 GB mSATA drive, industrial temperature (SATA signaling)MSATA
VL-MPEs-F1E4 4 GB mSATA drive, industrial temperature (SATA signaling)MSATA
VL-MPEs-S3E SATA Adapter, industrial temperature (SATA signaling)MSATA


General Board Size 95 x 125 x 37 mm (3.74 x 4.92 x 1.45")
Weight 378 grams (13.33 oz.)
Processor Intel 6th Gen Core platform. 8 MB SmartCache. Intel 64-bit instructions, Hyper-Threading, Virtualization Technology (VT), SpeedStep Technology, and AES New Instructions.
Battery Connection for 3.0V RTC backup battery
Power Requirements (@ +12V)
Model Idle Typical Max.
VL-EPU-4462-xAP-08 7.7W 15.3W 23.0W
VL-EPU-4462-xBP-16 7.4W 15.6W 23.8W
VL-EPU-4462-xCP-16 7.8W 16.2W 24.2W
VL-EPU-4562-xBP-16 12.0W 21.0W 30.0W
VL-EPU-4562-xCP-16 12.0W 21.6W 31.2W
VL-EPU-4562-xCP-32 12.0W 22.2W 32.4W
Input Voltage 8V - 30VDC
Input Protections Over-voltage protection. Self resetting when input falls to a safe level. Reverse voltage input protection to -30V. RF noise filtering (900 MHz, 2.5/5 GHz) – Minimum of 30 dB RF attenuation above 100 MHz.
Transient voltage protection (inductive kickback / lightning) clamp at ~+60V / -40V – MSL level 1, per J-STD-020, LF maximum peak of 260°C.
System Reset & Hardware Monitors All voltage rails monitored. Watchdog timer with programmable timeout. Push-button sleep, reset, and power.
Regulatory Compliance RoHS (2011/65/EU)
Environmental Thermal Management Bolt-on heat plate standard. Optional heat sink, fan, heat pipe, and other thermal accessories available.
Operating Temperature ◊
Model Heat Plate**
Heat Sink

Heat Sink + Fan
EPU-4x62-E -40° to +85°C -40° to +85°C -40° to +85°C
EPU-4x62-S 0° to +60°C 0° to +60°C 0° to +60°C
Ranges shown assume 90% CPU utilization. For detailed thermal information, refer to the VL-EPU-4562 Reference Manual.
** Heat plate must be kept below 90°C
Airflow Requirements Refer to the VL-EPU-4462/4562 Reference Manual for detailed airflow requirements.
Storage Temperature -40°C to +85°C.
Operating* To 4,570m (15,000 ft.)
Storage To 12,000m (40,000 ft.)
Thermal Shock 5°C/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 Intel Trusted Platform Module 2.0 device.
Memory System RAM Up to 32 GB DDR4 SDRAM.
Video General Integrated high-performance video. Intel HD 520 and 530 - Gen-9 compute architecture, 24 execution units, and GPU Turbo Boost. Supports 3 independent displays. Supports DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 2.0.
Hardware Based Acceleration Decode and Encode of JPEG, MJPEG, MPEG2, AVC, MVC, HEVC 8-bit, VC-1, VP8, VP9
DisplayPort Interface § Two Mini DisplayPort++ outputs. 24-bit. Up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 Hz. Supports DisplayPort and HDMI signaling (Video and Audio outputs).
OEM Flat Panel Interface Dual-channel LVDS interface. 18/24-bit. Up to 1920 x 1200. Backlight control signals.
Mass Storage Rotating Drive ¥ Two SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Latching SATA connectors.
Flash / SSD ¥ Mini PCIe socket with mSATA support
Network Interface Ethernet Two autodetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT ports. Latching connector. One port with network boot-option.
Device I/O USB ‡ § Two USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports and four USB 2.0 host ports
COM Interface Four RS-232/422/485 selectable. 16C550 compatible. 1 Mbps max.
Digital I/O Twenty four TTL I/O Lines 3.3V. Independently configurable..
Analog Input Eight channels. 12-bit. Single-ended. 500 Ksps. Independently configurable +/- 0.64V to +/- 10.24V high input impedance inputs
Analog Output Four channels. 12-bit single-ended. 100 Ksps.
I2C Single I2C interface
Counter / Timers Three 8254 compatible Programmable Interval Timers (PITs).
Audio Input / Output
Connector Signal Characteristics
Line Input – latching 10 kΩ minimum
Line Output – latching 600 Ω (to drive a 10 kΩ load)
VersaLogic SPI Interface Supports SPI and SPX devices. Supports up to two SPX modules.
Mini PCIe Card Socket Full size Socket #1 Supports Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet channels, non-volatile flash data storage, and other plug-in modules. PCIe, USB, and SATA signaling. Autodetect mSATA support.
Full size Socket #2 PCIe and USB 2.0 signaling
Half size Socket #3 PCIe and USB 2.0 signaling
Software BIOS AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS with OEM enhancements. Field reprogrammable
Sleep Mode ACPI 3.0. Support for S3 suspend, and S4 hibernate states.
Operating Systems Compatible with most x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, and VxWorks
† Represents operation at +25°C and +12V supply running Windows 10 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.
◊ Derate -1.1°C per 305m (1,000 ft.) above 2,300m (7,500 ft.)
* Extended altitude specifications available upon request
‡ TVS protected port (enhanced ESD protection)
§ Power pins on this port are overload protected
¥ Bootable storage device capability
¤ MIL-STD-202G shock and vibe levels were used to illustrate the overall ruggedness of this product. Certification at higher levels or different types of shock or vibration methods per the specific requirements of the application is available. Contact a VersaLogic Sales Engineer for further information

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