Rugged Intel Xeon-E-Based Embedded Computer for Mission-Critical Edge Computing

VersaLogic's Swift features error-correcting memory, fast on-board NVMe SSD storage, and TPM 2.0 security By Mike Ball / 01 May 2024
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VersaLogic has introduced a new family of rugged embedded computers based around Intel’s high-performance “Coffee Lake Refresh” 9th-generation Xeon processors.

The Swift is ideal for mission-critical edge computing applications such as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and robotics, and has been designed with the defense and aerospace industries in mind.

The Swift is based on Intel’s Xeon-E processor, which features 6 cores and Hyper-Threading capabilities, and also includes up to 32GB of error-correcting memory, fast on-board NVMe SSD storage, and TPM 2.0 security. It provides several built-in interfaces including 2.5GB Ethernet, USB 3.1, serial ports, I2C, GPIO, analog inputs (ADC) and Mini DisplayPort output. SATA III connectivity is also provided for applications requiring off-board storage capability.

To support additional on-board expansion, the Swift features one Mini PCIe slot, and two M.2 slots. These expansion sites can support functions such as 5G cellular, AI accelerators, GPS, flash data storage, Analog & Digital IO, additional data storage (SSD), display interfaces, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet.

The compact embedded computing solution measures only 95 x 125 x 41 mm (3.7 x 4.9 x 1.6″), making it ideal for SWaP-limited applications. In addition, the Swift is designed and tested for full industrial temperature operation (-40° to +85°C) and meets MIL-STD-202H specifications for shock and vibration.

As with all VersaLogic products, the Swift is designed for high reliability and long-term availability (10+ year typical production lifecycle). The system can be customized for OEMs even in low quantities, with options including conformal coating, revision locks, custom labeling, customized testing, and customized screening.

Len Crane, VersaLogic’s President, commented: “The Swift is ideal for intensive processing, particularly in applications with security concerns or limited communication bandwidth that preclude sending raw data back to a data center.”

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