Diamond Systems unveiled its rugged, highly integrated Aries single-board computer (SBC) based on the Intel E3800 ‘Bay Trail’ processor family. Designed in the PC/104-Plus form factor with wings (114 x 102 mm), the board’s full rectangular shape provides extensive coastline for I/O connectors.
Available configurations include the E3845 1,91 GHz quad-core processor and the E3826 1,46 GHz dual-core processor, with a choice of 2 GB or 4 GB soldered memory. Dual independent displays are supported, with connections for dual channel 24-bit LVDS LCD, VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI.
Available I/O includes three USB 2.0 ports (one of which can operate as USB 3.0), four RS-232/422/485 ports with fully programmable configuration, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and a SATA port that supports both onboard SATA DOM and off-board SATA devices.
Optional integrated data acquisition includes sixteen 16-bit A/D channels with 250 kHz sample rate, four 16-bit D/A channels with voltage and current outputs, a programmable waveform generator, and 22 programmable digital I/O lines, all supported by Diamond’s free Universal Driver data acquisition programming library. An interactive, easy to use graphical control panel for Windows and Linux is provided to control all data acquisition features.
Aries supports stackable I/O expansion with PC/104 (ISA) and PC/104-Plus (ISA + PCI) I/O modules. It also provides a dual-use PCIe MiniCard / mSATA socket for additional I/O expansion. PCIe MiniCard I/O modules featuring Wi-Fi, Ethernet, analog I/O, digital I/O and CAN are available from Diamond Systems and other vendors, enabling compact expandability without increasing the total height of the system.
The system’s built-in heat spreader efficiently removes heat from the SBC directly to the system enclosure and helps keep the interior cooler for improved reliability. The novel bottom-side mounting configuration of the heat spreader provides a convenient mounting system for the board, as well as simplifying the installation of topside I/O expansion modules by eliminating interference or airflow problems that can occur with traditional heatsinks. A heatsink accessory option can be installed to use the board in a traditional heatsink style installation.
The Aries SBC family was designed with rugged applications in mind. With an operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C, memory soldered onboard, an integrated heat spreader thermal solution, 50% thicker PCB, and latching I/O connectors, it is well adapted for rugged applications including industrial, medical, on-vehicle and military. It is also available in Diamond’s off-the-shelf hardened and highly configurable Raptor systems for extremely rugged, mission-critical applications.
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