VersaLogic has released a rugged, PC/104-Plus form-factor “SandCat” SBC with a dual-core Intel Bay Trail SoC, -40 to 85℃ support, plus SATA, GbE, mini-PCIe and more, with starting price of $370 in volume. VersaLogic has created a simpler, more affordable alternative to its BayCat single board computer, which similarly offers a Linux supported Intel Bay Trail SoC in a PC/104-Plus form-factor board. The rugged new SandCat is restricted to a dual-core, 1.33GHz Atom E3825, and offers a bit of reduced feature set, but sells at less than half the price of the dual-core version of the BayCat.
The “highly placed” PC/104-Plus spec has a combination of ISA- and PCI-based self-stacking bus expansion. VersaLogic has made use of it on some other SBCs, including one of the boards on its double-board, Kaby Lake-based Liger. The SandCat SBC supports Linux, Windows, and other x86 platforms including VxWorks and QNX. The 108 x 96mm SandCat has a long 42mm profile as a result of its standard heat sink. The fanless SBC has an industrial -40 to 85℃ operating range and features MIL-STD-202G rated vibration (Methods 204 and 214A) and shock resistance (Method 213B), and also tolerance of humidity and thermal shock. The board also provides long-term, typically 10-year, availability.
The SandCat is available with up to 8GB DDR3L-1067 RAM through a single socket and offers a 3Gbps SATA II port. Like most PC/104 family boards, the SandCat doesn’t offer much in terms of real-world ports. A mini-DisplayPort with 1920 x 1080 and audio support and an optional adapter card for LVDS touch-panels are available. The SandCat is fitted with a GbE interface with remote boot support, as well as 4x USB 2.0, 2x RS-232/422/485, 8x DIO, and single I2C and audio interfaces. For expansion features, a full-length mini-PCIe slot with optional WiFi, GPS, mSATA, GbE, and I/O modules, as well as dual PC/104-Plus interfaces, with support for both ISA and PCI based modules are available. Available also, is a 5V input with ACPI 3.0 sleep modes.