Embedded computers cope with hostile environments

30th March 2020
Mick Elliott

A new model has been added to VersaLogic’s “Swordtail” product family, the latest in their line of production-ready Arm-based embedded computers.

It is available at distributor Digi-Key Electronics.

Available with either the NXP i.MX6 Quad (quad core), or the i.MX6 DualLite (dual core) processors, the Swordtail includes on-board Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a socket for plug-in cellular radios. 

The new model adds on-board eMMC storage functionality. 

Able to cope with hostile environments, the compact 95 x 95 mm computer board is rated for operation at full industrial temperature range (-40° to +85°C).

This model includes soldered-down 8 GB eMMC Flash as a bootable on-board storage medium, in addition to the micro-SD socket included on all models in the family.

“Unlike Arm-based modules, VersaLogic’s Swordtail is a complete board-level computer” said Len Crane, President VersaLogic Corp.  “It does not require additional carrier cards, compion boards, connector break-out boards, or other add-ons to function.  It is a production-ready embedded computer.”

Swordtail boards are ideal for transmitting maintenance or diagnostic information without the need for a wired connection. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios are included on board, and a NimbleLink Skywire socket supports a wide range of cellular and wireless plug-ins.

 The Swordtail embedded computer boards are ready for off-the-shelf deployment into demanding industrial, smart city, and transportation applications requiring rugged, long-life, power efficient, wide temperature solutions.

 All Swordtail models feature soldered-on memory and a variety of I/O ports, including wireless interfaces, Gigabit Ethernet with network boot capability, USB 2.0, serial I/O (RS-232), CAN Bus, and I2C interface.

In addition, MCOTS versions can accommodate up to 32 GB of on-board flash storage.

Designed for COTS and MCOTS users, Swordtail models can be modified for specific applications in quantities as low as 100 pieces.

Like other VersaLogic products, the Swordtail is designed for long-term availability (10+ year production lifecycle).

The Swordtail single board computers (VL-EPC-2702) are in stock at both VersaLogic and Digi-Key.

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