VersaLogic takes credit-card sized computers to new heights

VersaLogic takes credit-card sized computers to new heights

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VersaLogic Corp., the embedded industry’s most trusted computer company, has announced a new SWaP-optimized embedded computing system with ECC memory.

Named “Harrier”, this new embedded computer features the Intel®’s latest 5th generation Apollo Lake Atom™ processors with error-correcting memory. The Harrier includes a TPM 2.0 security chip, on-board power regulation, USB and Ethernet I/O ports, and Mini PCIe expansion sockets. The soldered-on ECC RAM enhances both the reliability and ruggedness of the product.

Aiming high

Applications such as High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) UAVs and High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) systems present a considerable challenge related to memory errors. ECC memory is beneficial in environments where single bit memory errors may occur due to cosmic ray interactions, which increase dramatically at altitude. The Harrier is available with up to 8 GB of Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory to address the risk of memory errors in any high-reliability applications.

Small and tough

Within its 55 x 95 x 27 mm package, the Harrier is ideal for space-limited applications such as in unmanned vehicles, whether on land, underwater, or in the air. The Harrier is designed and tested for full industrial temperature (-40° to +85°C) operation and meets MIL-STD-202H specifications for shock and vibration. In addition, on-board power regulation ensures reliable operation with fluctuating or noisy power sources.

Secure

The built-in TPM 2.0 security chip provides hardware-level security for applications that require secure log-ins, encrypted data storage, protected files, etc.

Connectivity

On-board I/O includes dual Gigabit Ethernet, one USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, and two serial ports. A SATA interface, eMMC Flash, mSATA slot, and a microSD socket provide a range of data storage options. Dual Mini PCIe sockets accommodate plug-in A/D, Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, FireWire, and other mini cards.

Long-term availability

Like other VersaLogic products, the Harrier is designed from the ground up for long-term availability (10+ year typical production lifecycle).

Customization

Customization services to help customers create unique solutions will be available for the Harrier, even in low OEM quantities. Customization options include conformal coating, revision locks, custom labeling, customized testing and screening, etc.

Availability

The Harrier (VL-EPU-4011) will be available Q1 2020 at an undisclosed price. More information may be found in Versalogic’s Harrier announcement and product page.

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