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EPIC Single Board Computer
with Vortex86DX Processor

Datasheet in PDF

  Low power Vortex-based system with up to 1 GB RAM, dual Ethernet, four USB ports, analog and digital I/O, and SPX expansion.

  • EPIC™ Form Factor
    Industry-standard format with PC/104-Plus expansion.
  • DMP Vortex86DX Processor
    800 MHz performance. Very low power consumption.
  • Network
    Single or dual Ethernet with remote boot support. Optional latching connectors.
  • Analog + Digital I/O
    On-board data acquisition. Up to 16 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs, and 32 digital I/O lines.
  • RAM
    Up to 1 GB soldered-on RAM.
  • USB
    Up to four USB ports support keyboard, mouse, and other devices.
  • COM
    Four on-board serial ports.
  • Hard Drive
    IDE interface with support for two devices.
  • Flash Memory
    CompactFlash® socket or eUSB interface for plug-in flash storage.
  • Industrial Temperature
    -40° to +85°C operation for harsh environments.
  • Fanless
    No moving parts required for CPU cooling.
  • MIL-STD-202G
    Qualified for high shock/vibration environments.
  • SPX™ Expansion
    Add low cost analog, digital, or CANbus modules.
  • OS Compatibility
    Windows XP, Windows Embedded XPe/CE, Linux, VxWorks, QNX, DOS



The Newt is an economical single board computer (SBC) featuring extensive I/O capabilities, very low power consumption, and fanless operation over the full industrial temperature (-40º to +85ºC) range. The Newt takes advantage of DMP's Vortex86DX System on Chip (SoC) for 800 MHz performance with only 3.6W typical power draw. Based on the industry-standard EPIC form factor (4.5 x 6.5 inches), this SBC is an excellent solution for industrial and medical applications with substantial I/O requirements.

The Newt is designed for headless applications (no video output), or it may be used with add-on video expansion modules.

Like all VersaLogic products, the Newt 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 Newt provides a durable embedded computer solution with an excellent cost of ownership. The Newt is fully RoHS compliant.


Driven by a DMP Vortex86DX System on Chip (SoC), the Newt provides 800 MHz performance. The 32-bit CPU integrates memory and I/O controller hub functions to provide an x86-compatible single-chip solution with very low power consumption.

Basic on-board features include single or dual Fast Ethernet with network boot capability, up to 1 GB soldered-on DDR2 RAM, up to four USB ports, four serial ports, IDE controller with support for two devices, CompactFlash socket or eUSB interface (optional) for removable flash storage, and three general purpose timers. On-board data acquisition features include up to sixteen analog inputs, up to eight analog outputs, and thirty-two digital I/O lines. An industry-standard PC/104-Plus expansion site provides plug-in access to a wide variety of industry-standard expansion modules from numerous vendors. The SPX expansion interface provides low-cost plug-in expansion for additional analog, digital, and CANbus I/O.

Designed for full industrial temperature (-40º to +85ºC) operation, the rugged Newt board meets MIL-STD-202G specifications for mechanical shock and vibration. Latching Ethernet connectors (optional) provide additional ruggedization for use in extremely harsh environments. Transient voltage suppression (TVS) devices on critical I/O ports provide enhanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for the system.

The Newt features an American Megatrends (AMI) BIOS with OEM enhancements. The field-reprogrammable BIOS supports custom defaults, remote/network booting, and other application functions. Newt is compatible with a variety of popular x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, VxWorks, and QNX.

Product customization is available, even in low OEM quantities. Customization options include soldered-on RAM capacity (128 MB to 1 GB), CompactFlash and/or eUSB flash memory interface, standard RJ45 or latching Ethernet connectors, variable I/O capabilities (USB, A/D, D/A, DIO, Ethernet, etc.), bolt-on heat plate, conformal coating, revision locks, custom labeling, customized testing and screening, etc.

Ordering Information

Model Processor RAM A/D D/A DIO USB Host eUSB Ethernet
VL-EPIC-17EA Vortex86DX 256 MB 8 4 32 3 Y 1 RJ45
VL-EPIC-17EB Vortex86DX 512 MB 16 8 32 4 N 2 RJ45
VL-EPIC-17EC Vortex86DX 256 MB 8 4 32 3 Y 1 Ruggedized
VL-EPIC-17ED Vortex86DX 512 MB 16 8 32 4 N 2 Ruggedized
Custom Versions Vortex86DX Up to 1 GB 0/8/16 0/4/8 0/16/32 0–4 Y/N 0–2 RJ45/Ruggedized

Part Number Description
Cable Kit
VL-CKR-NEWT Development cable kit
VL-CBR-2022 ATX power adapter cable
VL-CBR-4004 Paddleboards for analog and digital I/O
VL-CBR-4405 IDE adapter board
VL-CBR-5009 Primary breakout cable
VL-CBR-4406 IDE cable
VL-HDW-105 0.6" standoff package (metric thread)
VL-CBL-1010 S-Video and TV Out cable
VL-CBR-0804 12" Latching Ethernet Adapter Cable
VL-CBR-1201 12-pin 2 mm latching / 15-pin VGA adapter
VL-CBR-1401 Cable assembly for (2) SPX modules
VL-CBR-1402 Cable assembly for (4) SPX modules
VL-CBR-2010 20" 18-bit LVDS flat panel (Hirose)
VL-CBR-2011 20" 18-bit LVDS flat panel (JAE)
VL-CFM-xxx CompactFlash module (IDE)
VL-F15-xxx eUSB module (USB)
VL-CDD-xxxx CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive (IDE)
VL-HDD35-xxx 3.5" hard drive (IDE)
Expansion Modules
EPM-VID-3 Video expansion module
VL-SPX-x SPX expansion module
VL-ENCL-5C Development enclosure
VL-PS200-ATX 200W ATX-style development power supply
VL-CF-CLIP1 CompactFlash retention clip
VL-HDW-106 0.6" standoff package (English thread)
VL-HDW-109 eUSB hardware kit
VL-HDW-201 PC/104™ board extraction tool

General Board Size EPIC standard: 115 mm x 165 mm (4.5” x 6.5”)
Processor DMP Vortex86DX SoC. 800 MHz. 256K L2 cache.
Power Requirements (+5V)*
Model Idle Typical Max
VL-EPIC-17EA 2.6W 3.3W 4.0W
VL-EPIC-17EB 3.1W 3.8W 4.5W
System Reset & Hardware Monitors Major voltage rails monitored. Watchdog timer with programmable timeout.
Stackable Bus PC/104-Plus: PCI, ISA
Other I/O Expansion VersaLogic SPX interface
RoHS RoHS (2002/95/CE) compliant
Environmental Operating Temperature -40° to +85°C
Storage Temperature -40° to +85°C
Standard Heatsink (fanless)
Optional Bolt-on heat plate
Airflow Requirements Free air from -40° to +85°C
Thermal Shock 5°C/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: 5.35g rms, 5 minutes per axis
Mechanical Shock MIL-STD-202G, Method 213B, Condition G: 20g half-sine, 11 ms duration per axis
Memory System RAM
Standard 256 MB or 512 MB
Optional 128 MB or 1 GB
Soldered-on DDR2 SDRAM
Video General None. Use EPM-VID-3 or similar video module for development.
Mass Storage Hard Drive ATA/66 IDE interface supports two devices
Standard CompactFlash Type II with DMA (IDE signaling)
Optional eUSB (USB signaling)
Network Interface Ethernet 
Standard RJ45 connectors
Optional Latching headers
Up to two autodetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX ports. On-board status LEDs and external LED header.
Network Boot Option Argon Managed Boot Agent (optional with royalty fee) supports PXE, RPL, NetWare, TCP/IP (DHCP, BOOTP) remote boot protocols.
Device I/O USB †‡ Up to four host (depending on model) USB 1.1/2.0 ports
COM 1 / 2 Interface  RS-232. 16C550 compatible. 115 Kbps.
COM 3 / 4 Interface  RS-232/422/485 selectable. 16C550 compatible. 115 Kbps.
Analog Input Up to sixteen channels. 12-bit. Single-ended. 100 Ksps. 0 to +4.096V.
Analog Output Up to eight channels. 12-bit. Single-ended. 100 Ksps. 0 to +4.096V.
Digital I/O Up to thirty-two TTL I/O lines (3.3V). Independently configurable.
Counter / Timers Three general-purpose 8254 timers
Other PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports
Software BIOS American Megatrends (AMI) BIOS with OEM enhancements
Operating Systems Compatible with most x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, Linux, VxWorks, and QNX

* Power specifications represent operation at +25°C with +5V supply running Windows XP with Ethernet, keyboard, and mouse. Typical power computed as the mean value of Idle and Maximum power specifications. Maximum power is measured with 95% CPU utilization.
† TVS protected port (enhanced ESD protection)
‡ Power pins on this port are overload protected

Specifications are subject to change without notification. DMP and Vortex are trademarks of DMP. EPIC, PC/104, and PC/104-Plus are trademarks of the PC/104 Consortium. CompactFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corp. SPX is a trademark of VersaLogic Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.