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Rugged EBX single board computer sets off on the Bay Trail

Dec 9, 2016 — by Eric Brown 1,102 views

VersaLogic’s Linux-friendly, EBX style “Viper” SBC offers a Bay Trail Atom E3800, up to 16GB DDR3L, -40 to 85°C support, and MIL-STD-202G ruggedization.

A few weeks after WinSystems announced an EBC-C413 single board computer for developers wanting to migrate their EBX-based embedded system designs to the Intel Bay Trail Atom E3800, VersaLogic unveiled its own EBX form-factor Viper (VL-EBX-38) SBC that taps the same SoCs. Another recently announced EBX board was the Advantech PCM-9563, which moves up to the 14nm Intel Apollo Lake family of Atom SoCs. EBX SBCs, which are notable for their large 203 x 146mm footprints, stackable PC/104-Plus (ISA + PCI) expansion, and relative lack of real-world coastline ports, have been around since 1997, when the spec was co-released by Ampro and Motorola.

Viper from two angles
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Oregon-based VersaLogic is no stranger to the 22nm Atom E3800, having loaded it onto its rugged BayCat, Bengal, Hawk, and Osprey SBCs, and most recently, its sandwich-style Raven board. Like these products, the Viper supports -40 to 85°C temperatures, offers shock and vibration resistance per MIL-STD-202G, and features a wide-range power input that supports automotive applications. The 9-12V supply can be swapped out for a standard 5V unit.

The Viper is available in single-, dual-, and quad-core Atom E3800 models, up to the quad-core, 1.91GHz Atom E3845. Standout features not typically found on EBX boards include TPM 1.2, USB 3.0, up to 16GB of DDR3L RAM, a microSD slot, and the aforementioned dual power supply options, says VersaLogic. Also notable are the 8x analog inputs and 4x analog outputs.

Viper detail view
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The Viper offers dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, dual SATA II (3Gbps) slots, and dual full-sized mini-PCIe slots with wireless and mSATA support. There’s also a legacy PC/104-Plus expansion interface. Additional interfaces include a single USB 3.0 port, 6x USB 2.0, 4x RS-232/422/485, 32x DIO, I2C, and SPI/SPX.


For displays, you get dual display support with single/dual-channel LVDS, VGA, and Mini-DisplayPort++ interfaces at up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz. As usual with VersaLogic, there are loads of accessories, from SATA drives to wireless modules, as well as customization options. You get five-year availability, plus optional extended lifetime plans. Linux is supported, along with Windows, Windows Embedded, and VxWorks.

Further information

The Viper (VL-EBX-38) will be available in Q1 2017 from both VersaLogic and Digi-Key Corp. More information may be found in VersaLogic’s Viper announcement and Viper product page.

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One response to “Rugged EBX single board computer sets off on the Bay Trail”

  1. LinuxGizmos says:

    It seems to be working fine.

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