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EBX SBC with Intel 3rd Generation Core i7

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A very high-performance embedded computer.
Extended temperature version available

  • Intel 3rd Generation Core i7 Processor
    Very high performance. 2.3 GHz quad-core and 1.7 GHz dual-core, hyper-threading CPU.
  • EBX Format
    Industry-standard format with SUMIT or PCIe/104 Type 1 expansion.
  • High-performance Video
    Integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics core with GPU Turbo Boost. DirectX 11, MPEG-2, H.264, and OGL 3.1 compliant. Supports three independent displays.
  • Network Support
    Dual gigabit Ethernet with remote boot support.
  • RAM
    Up to 16 GB DDR3 RAM with up to 1600 MT/s.
  • SATA
    Two SATA 6 Gb/s and two SATA 3 Gb/s ports.
  • Device I/O
    Two USB 3.0 ports, ten USB 2.0 ports, four serial ports, HD audio.
  • Analog + Digital I/O
    On-board data acquisition support. Eight analog inputs, four analog outputs, thirty-two digital I/O.
  • Mini Card Socket
    Supports Wi-Fi modems, GPS, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, solid-state storage, and other plug-in devices.
  • Flash Memory
    mSATA socket and eUSB interface for plug-in flash storage.
  • Industrial Temperature Version
    -40 to +85C operation for harsh environments.
  • MIL-STD-202G
    Qualified for high shock/vibration environments.
  • Wide Input Voltage Range
    Accepts 9 to 15 volts (12V typ.).
  • Trusted Platform Module (optional)
    On-board security option defends against attacks from unauthorized hardware and software.
  • SPX Expansion
    Add additional analog, digital, or CANbus modules.
  • OS Compatibility
    Windows 7/XP, Windows Embedded Standard 7/XPe/CE, Linux, VxWorks, QNX, DOS


The Copperhead is a high-performance embedded computer powered by a 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor. Its performance level allows for the integration of multiple high-bandwidth functions, such as digital signal processing and real-time video processing, onto a single board. This can drastically reduce system cost and size when used to replace multi-board chassis-based systems or custom hardware.

For video processing systems, the Copperhead features a high-speed memory interface, up to 16 GB on-board RAM capacity, and three independent display outputs. The PCIe/104 expansion site with a PCIe x16 lane is ideal for add-on cards, such as frame grabbers.

Based on the industry-standard EBX format, the Copperhead is available in either quad- or dual-core models (21 to 37W power dissipation). It features several heat management configurations and offers options for I/O interfaces and interface connectors. The Copperhead enables scalability, simplifies design, and lowers overall system cost.

Driven by an Intel 3rd Generation Core i7 processor, the Copperhead provides high performance with advanced technology features: Intel Turbo Boost 2.0, Intel vPro, Hyper-threading (two threads per core), and Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX). The Copperhead provides compatibility with a broad range of standard x86 application development tools for reduced development time.

The integrated Intel HD 4000 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) provides hardware-accelerated MPEG-4/H.264 and MPEG-2 video encoding and decoding. The GPU supports graphics turbo boost and up to three simultaneous displays. Standard video outputs include LVDS for flat panel displays, dual DisplayPort outputs, and an analog VGA output. All outputs support multiple display modes including Extended Desktop and Clone.

Industry-standard system interfaces include dual Gigabit Ethernet ports with network boot capability, two USB 3.0 and ten USB 2.0 ports, four serial ports, and Intel High-Definition Audio (HDA). SATA 6 Gb/s and 3 Gb/s interfaces support high-capacity storage (rotating media or solid-state drives). A Mini PCIe socket with mSATA support provides additional solid-state drive (SSD) options. The Mini PCIe socket also accommodates plug-in Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, Firewire, and other mini cards. The Copperhead supports an optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip for applications that require enhanced hardware-level security functions.

The rugged Copperhead meets MIL-STD-202G specifications for shock and vibration and includes models designed and tested for either commercial (0 to +60C) or industrial (-40 to +85C) temperature operation.

Latching SATA, Ethernet, and power connectors provide additional ruggedization for use in very harsh environments. Heatsink, fan+heatsink, and heat plate versions provide flexible options for thermal management. For extremely-high-reliability applications, IPC-A-610 Class 3 versions are available.

The wide input voltage range of 9 to 15 volts (12V nominal) simplifies system power supply requirements. Copperhead is fully compatible with 12V automotive applications.

Copperhead is compatible with a variety of popular x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, and VxWorks.

Various product customizing is available for the Copperhead, even in low quantities. Options include Trusted Platform Module, conformal coating, BGA underfill, IPC Class 3 assembly, BIOS/splash screen pre-configuration, application-specific testing, custom labeling, etc.

Ordering Information
Model Processor Nominal Speed Expansion Operating Temp. Cooling
VL-EBXs-41SAK Dual-core i7 1.7 GHz SUMIT 0 to +60C Heatsink (fanless)
VL-EBXs-41EAF Dual-core i7 1.7 GHz SUMIT -40 to +85C Fan + heatsink
VL-EBXe-41SJF Quad-core i7 2.3 GHz PCIe/104 0 to +60C Fan + heatsink
VL-EBXe-41EJP Quad-core i7 2.3 GHz PCIe/104 -40 to +85C Heat plate (fanless)


Part Number Description
Cable Kit
VL-CKR-COPPR Copperhead cable kit. Includes VL-CBR-0702, 0808, 1201, 4004, 5013, and VL-HDW-105 (x2).
VL-CBR-5013 Primary breakout cable (4 USB, 4 RS-232/422/485, programmable LED, speaker, audio, reset PB, power PB)
VL-CBR-1201 12-pin 2 mm (latching) / 15-pin VGA adapter
VL-CBR-0702 20 SATA cable. Latching.
VL-CBR-0808 12 power adapter cable. ATX12 to Copperhead.
VL-CBR-4004 Cable & paddleboard for the A/D, D/A, DIO, CTC
VL-HDW-105 (x2) 15.24 mm standoffs, metric thread (four per kit)
VL-CBR-0401 6.25 ATX to SATA power cable
VL-CBR-1401 6" 14-pin cable assembly for (2) SPX modules
VL-CBR-1402 12" 14-pin cable assembly for (4) SPX modules
VL-CBR-2010 20" 18-bit LVDS flat panel cable (Hirose)
VL-CBR-2011 20" 18-bit LVDS flat panel cable (JAE)
VL-CBR-2012 20" 24-bit LVDS flat panel cable (Hirose)
VL-CBR-0201 Cable Wi-Fi 12" to VL-CBR-ANT01
VL-CBR-ANT01 Cable 802.11n ant. for VL-WD10-CBN
VL-MM9-xxxx DDR3 PC3-12800 SO-DIMM memory module
VL-HDS35-xxx 3.5" hard drive (SATA)
VL-F15-xxxx eUSB flash module
VL-F29-xxxx mSATA flash module
Expansion Modules
VL-WD10-CBN 802.11g/n wireless Mini PCIe card
VL-SPX-x SPX expansion modules
VL-PS-ATX12-300A ATX12 development power supply
VL-HDW-106 0.6" standoffs, English thread (four per kit)
VL-HDW-107 Mini PCIe / mSATA hardware kit (metric thread)
VL-HDW-109 eUSB hardware kit
VL-HDW-203 PC/104 extractor tool (metal)
VL-HDW-401 Thermal compound paste (1.75g)
General Board Size EBX standard: 5.75 x 8 (146 mm x 203 mm)
Processor Intel 3rd Generation Core i7 platform. Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel HT Technology.
- Quad-core models: 2.3 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache
- Dual-core models: 1.7 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache
Chipset Embedded Intel QM77
Input Power 12V (9V15V)
Power Requirements
(@ +12V)
Model Idle Typical Max.
VL-EBXs-41SAK 7.6W 20.7W 33.7W
VL-EBXs-41EAF 7.6W 20.7W 33.7W
VL-EBXe-41SJF 16.2W 37.2W 58.1W
VL-EBXe-41EJP 16.2W 37.2W 58.1W
System Reset & Hardware Monitors All voltage rails monitored. Two watchdog timers with programmable timeout. Push-button sleep, reset, and power.
Stackable Bus SUMIT or PCIe/104 Type 1 expansion site
Manufacturing Standards
Standard IPC-A-610 Class 2 modified
Special Order IPC-A-610 Class 3 modified
Regulatory Compliance RoHS (2002/95/CE)
Environmental Operating Temperature
Model Operating Temp.
VL-EBXs-41SAK 0 to +60C
VL-EBXe-41SJF 0 to +60C
VL-EBXs-41EAF -40 to +85C
VL-EBXe-41EJP -40 to +85C
Derate -1.1C per 305m (1,000 ft.) above 2,300m (7,500 ft.)*
Storage Temperature -40 to +85C
Operating To 4,570m (15,000 ft.)
Storage To 12,000m (40,000 ft.)
Model Cooling
VL-EBXs-41SAK Heatsink (fanless)
VL-EBXs-41EAF Fan + heatsink
VL-EBXe-41SJF Fan + heatsink
VL-EBXe-41EJP Heat plate (fanless)
Airflow Requirements - 125 LFM for heatsink (fanless) models
- Zero for fanned or heat plate models
Thermal Shock 5C/min. over operating temperature
Humidity Less than 95%, noncondensing
Vibration, Sinusoidal Sweep MIL-STD-202G, Method 204, Modified Condition A:
2g constant acceleration from 5 to 500 Hz, 20 min. per axis
Vibration, Random MIL-STD-202G, Method 214A, Condition A:
5.35g rms, 5 min. per axis
Mechanical Shock MIL-STD-202G, Method 213B, Condition G:
20g half-sine, 11 ms duration per axis
Security TPM (optional) Optional support for Intel Trusted Platform Module 1.2 devices
Memory System RAM Two SO-DIMM sockets. Up to 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM total.
Supports 1066, 1333, and 1600 MT/s. 1.35V.
Video General Integrated high-performance video. Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics core with GPU Turbo Boost. Supports three simultaneous independent displays.
VRAM Up to 512 MB shared DRAM
Desktop Display Interface Analog output (VGA). Up to 2048 x 1536 (75 Hz). 32-bit.
OEM Flat Panel Interface # LVDS interface. 18/24-bit. Up to 1280 x 800 (60 Hz). 8 bpp. CMOS-selectable TFT panel types. Support for LVDS Backlight Control and FPD power control.
DisplayPort Two DisplayPort outputs. Up to 2560 x 1600 (60 Hz). 10 bpp.
Mass Storage Rotating Drives / Flash / Solid-State Drives ** - Two SATA 6 Gb/s ports (latching connectors)
- Two SATA 3 Gb/s ports (latching connectors)
Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10.
mSATA modules (SATA signaling, bootable)
eUSB modules (USB signaling, bootable)
Network Interface Ethernet Two autodetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT ports
Standard RJ45 connectors
Special Order Ruggedized connectors
Network Boot Option Via BIOS extension or Ethernet controller flash
Device I/O USB ** # Ten USB 2.0 host ports. Two USB 3.0 host ports.
COM 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 RS-232/422/485 selectable. 16C550 compatible.
Analog Input Sixteen channels. 12-bit single-ended. 100 Ksps.
16-bit by special order.
Analog Output Eight channels. 12-bit single-ended. 100 Ksps.
Digital I/O Thirty-two TTL I/O lines (3.3V). Independently configurable.
Audio Intel High-Definition Audio (HDA)
Counter / Timers Three general-purpose 16-bit timers
OTHER I/O Mini PCIe Socket Supports Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet channels, non-volatile flash data storage with auto-detect mSATA support, and other plug-in modules
VersaLogic SPX Interface Supports analog, digital, and CANbus SPX modules
Software BIOS AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS with OEM enhancements.
Field reprogrammable.
Sleep Mode ACPI 4.0a. Support for S3 and S4 suspend states.
Operating Systems Compatible with most x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, and VxWorks
Represents operation at +25C and +12V running Windows 7 with 4 GB RAM, LVDS display, SATA, GbE, COM, and USB keyboard/mouse. Typical power computed as the mean value of Idle and Maximum power specifications. Maximum power measured with 95% CPU utilization.
TVS protected port (enhanced ESD protection)
# Power pins are overload protected
IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) compatible
* Extended altitude specifications available upon request
** Bootable storage device
MIL-STD-202G shock and vibe levels were used to illustrate the overall ruggedness of this product. Certification at higher levels or different types of shock or vibration methods per the specific requirements of the application is available. Contact a VersaLogic Sales Engineer for further information.
Specifications are subject to change without notification. Intel and Core are trademarks of Intel Corp. EBX and PCIe/104 are trademarks of the PC/104 Consortium. SUMIT is a trademark of the SFF-SIG. PCI Express is a registered trademark of the PCI-SIG. DisplayPort is a trademark of VESA. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.