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Production-Ready ARM-Based Embedded Computer Announced

Published: 04 Mar 2020 by

VersaLogic Swordtail ARM-based embedded computerVersaLogic Corporation has announced that it has launched a new model of the company’s Swordtail family of production-ready ARM-based embedded computers. The new model is available with either a NXP i.MX6 Quad (quad core) or i.MX6 DualLite (dual core) processor, and includes on-board Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a NimbleLink Skywire socket for plug-in cellular radios, as well as 8 GB of soldered-down eMMC Flash for use as a bootable on-board storage medium.

The compact 95 x 95 mm computer board is designed for operation in harsh environments, and is rated at full industrial temperature range (-40° to +85°C) and meets MIL-STD-202H specifications for impact and vibration. The integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular communications capabilities make it ideal for demanding rugged robotics and unmanned systems applications that need to transmit maintenance or diagnostic information over a wireless connection.

All Swordtail models feature 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.

Like other VersaLogic products, the Swordtail is designed for long-term availability with a 10+ year production lifecycle. Models can be modified for custom user applications in quantities as low as 100 pieces.

Len Crane, President of VersaLogic, commented: “Unlike ARM-based modules, VersaLogic’s Swordtail is a complete board-level computer. 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.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact

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