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Tomcat
PC/104-Plus SBC with Vortex86DX processor

Low power Vortex86DX processor with up to 512 MB soldered-on RAM,
Fast Ethernet, CompactFlash socket, and fanless operation.
Extended temperature version available

  Highlights
  • PC/104-Plus Form Factor
    Supports PCI and ISA expansion on a highly rugged format.
  • Vortex86DX Processor
    800 MHz performance with ultra-low power consumption.
  • Network Support
    Fast Ethernet with remote boot support.
  • System RAM
    Up to 512 MB soldered-on RAM for harsh environments.
  • USB I/O
    Two USB 2.0 ports support keyboard, mouse, and other devices.
  • Device I/O
    Four serial ports, IDE, and LPT.
  • Flash Memory
    CompactFlash socket for solid-state storage.
  • Fanless Operation
    No moving parts required for CPU cooling.
  • Extended Temperature Version
    -40 to +85C operation for harsh environments.
  • MIL-STD-202G
    Qualified for high shock/vibration environments.
  • OS Compatibility
    Windows XP, Windows Embedded XPe/CE, Linux, VxWorks, QNX, DOS

Description

Overview
The Tomcat single board computer features the ultra-low power DMP Vortex86DX processor. Based on the PC/104-Plus industry standard form factor, the Tomcat supports PCI and ISA stackable expansion boards. With mid-range performance (800 MHz) and ultra-low power consumption (3.1W typ.), the Tomcat is well suited to size, weight, and power constrained applications. With no moving parts (fanless operation), full industrial temperature rating, soldered-on RAM, and a compact rugged form factor, it is ideal for operation in harsh, mobile, and/or remote environments.

The Tomcat is “headless”. It is designed for applications that do not require any type of video output.

Like all VersaLogic products, the Tomcat is designed to support OEM applications where high reliability and long-term availability are required. From application design-in support, to its 5+ year production life guarantee, the Tomcat provides a durable embedded computer solution with an excellent cost of ownership. The Tomcat is manufactured and tested to the highest quality standards and is fully RoHS compliant. Customization is available, even in low OEM quantities.

Details
Driven by a DMP Vortex86DX processor, the Tomcat runs at 800 MHz. The 32-bit CPU integrates memory and I/O controller hub functions to provide an x86-compatible single-chip solution with ultra-low power consumption.

Tomcat’s standard on-board features include Fast Ethernet, up to 512 MB soldered-on DDR2 RAM, two USB 2.0 ports, four serial ports, IDE and LPT interfaces, a CompactFlash socket for removable flash storage, and two general purpose timers. The PC/104-Plus platform provides plug-in access to industry standard expansion modules. Support for keyboard and mouse is provided via USB or PS/2.

Available in both commercial (0 to +70C) and industrial (-40 to +85C) temperature versions; the Tomcat provides fanless operation and meets MIL-STD-202G specifications for shock and vibration. Transient voltage suppression (TVS) devices on critical I/O ports provide enhanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for the system.

The Tomcat is compatible with a variety of x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, VxWorks, and QNX.

Ordering Information
 
Model Processor Speed RAM Power[a/b] Operating Temp. Cooling
VL-EPM-16V Vortex86DX 800 MHz 256 MB 3.0W 0 to +70C None
VL-EPM-16F Vortex86DX 800 MHz 256 MB 3.0W -40 to +85C Heatsink
VL-EPM-16S Vortex86DX 800 MHz 128 MB 3.1W 0 to +70C None
VL-EPM-16E Vortex86DX 800 MHz 128 MB 3.1W -40 to +85C Heatsink

 

Tomcat Cable Kit (VL-CKR-TOMC)
VL-CBR-1008 ATX to 10-pin power connector cable
VL-CBR-1013 Dual USB transition cable
VL-CBR-2003 12" 20-pin 2 mm / DB-25F LPT cable
VL-CBR-4405 2 mm to 0.1” IDE adapter board
VL-CBR-4406 18” 44-pin latching IDE cable
VL-CBR-5009 Front panel I/O cable assembly
VL-HDW-105 0.6" standoff package (metric thread)

 

Accessories
EPM-VID-3 PC/104-Plus video display module
VL-CF-CLIP1 Retention clip for CompactFlash
VL-CFM-xxx CompactFlash module
VL-ENCL-5C Development enclosure
VL-HDD35-xx 3.5” IDE hard disk drive
VL-HDW-106 0.6" standoff package (English thread)
VL-HDW-201 Extractor tool
VL-PS200-ATX Development power supply
Specifications

General Board Size PC/104-Plus compliant: 95 mm x 96 mm (3.76" x 3.78")
Processor DMP Vortex86DX. 256 KB L2 cache.
Power Requirements[a]
Model Idle Typical[b] Max[c]
VL-EPM-16V/F 0.54A (2.7W) 0.60A (3.0W) 0.65A (3.3W)
VL-EPM-16S/E 0.56A (2.8W) 0.61A (3.1W) 0.66A (3.3W)
System Reset &
Hardware Monitors
Watchdog with programmable timeout. VCC sensing (resets below 4.63V typ.).
Expansion PC/104-Plus: PCI, ISA
RoHS RoHS (2002/95/CE) compliant
Environmental Operating Temperature
Model Operating Temperature
VL-EPM-16V/S 0 to +70C
VL-EPM-16F/E -40 to +85C
Storage Temperature -40 to +85C
Airflow Requirements Free air from -40 to +85C
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 minutes per axis
Vibration, Random MIL-STD-202G, Method 214A, Condition A: 0.02g/Hz (5.35g rms), 15 minutes per axis
Mechanical Shock MIL-STD-202G, Method 213B, Condition J: 30g half-sine, 11 ms duration per axis
Memory System RAM Up to 512 MB soldered-on DDR2 SDRAM
Video Video Interface None. Use EPM-VID-3 module or similar during development.
Mass
Storage
Hard Drive ATA/66 IDE interface. 44-pin 2 mm connector.
Flash One CompactFlash socket (Type II) with DMA. Optional latching retention clip available.
Network Interface Ethernet[d] One autodetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX port
Network Boot Option Intel boot agent (included) supports PXE protocol. Argon Managed Boot Agent (optional with royalty fee) supports PXE, RPL, NetWare, TCP/IP (DHCP, BOOTP) remote boot protocols.
Device I/O USB[d/e] Two USB 2.0/1.1 ports
COM 1 / 2 Interface[e] RS-232. 16C550 compatible. 115 Kbps.
COM 3 / 4 Interface[e] RS-232/422/485 selectable. 16C550 compatible. 115 Kbps.
LPT Interface SPP/EPP/ECP compatible
Counter/Timers Two general-purpose timer inputs
Other PS/2 keyboard and mouse
Software BIOS AMI BIOS. Field reprogrammable. Support for USB keyboard/mouse and USB boot.
Operating Systems Compatible with most x86 operating systems, including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, VxWorks, and QNX

[a] All power specifications represent operation at +25C with +5V supply running Windows XP with Ethernet, keyboard, and mouse
[b] Typical power computed as the mean value of Idle and Maximum power specifications
[c] Maximum power as measured with 95% CPU utilization
[d] TVS protected port (enhanced ESD protection)
[e] Power pins on this port are overload protected
Specifications are subject to change without notification. Vortex is a registered trademark of DMP Electronics, Inc. CompactFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.