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VersaLogic shipping Intel “Bay Trail” processor in PC/104-Plus computer

Tualatin, OR — May 3, 2016
VersaLogic Corp. is now shipping “BayCat” — a rugged new PC/104-Plus Single Board Computer (SBC).  Based on Intel’s highly acclaimed Bay Trail processor, BayCat combines high performance, low power consumption, enhanced security, and small size.  This is an unbeatable combination in most applications. 

BayCat is available in three performance levels; single-, dual-, and quad-core models. The quad-core model delivers over 2x the performance of systems using the “Montevina” Core 2 Duo processor, with a 38% reduction in power consumption. The board includes an extensive set of features including an on-board Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security chip, and a PC/104-Plus expansion interface with both ISA and PCI interface. The BayCat’s powerful feature set, combined with a low-power draw and compact PC/104 footprint, enables the next generation of intelligent medical, military, and industrial systems to be smaller, lighter, and more energy efficient.

 “This is the perfect migration board for existing systems that use a PC/104 embedded computer” said Len Crane, VersaLogic’s President. “It provides a solid migration path, while giving the user increased performance for fewer watts of power. Combining the excellent mid-range performance of the Bay Trail CPUs, with the compatibility of the classic PC/104 ISA and PCI interfaces, is a home run for PC/104 users.” he noted. “The quad-core version of this product is especially exciting to see in a PC/104 format, particularly with VersaLogic’s Product Life Extension programs that can support this product well past the year 2025.”

The BayCat provides compatibility with a broad range of x86 application development tools for reduced cost and development time. It is ideal for in-vehicle communications, complex medical devices, industrial control and automation, mobile autonomous systems, and other embedded applications.

Built-In Security
The BayCat’s on-board Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security chip can be used to lock out unauthorised hardware and software access. It provides a secure processing environment for applications in Defense, Medical, and Industrial Control that require enhanced hardware-level security functions. Additional security is provided through built-in AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) processor instructions.
Powerful Video Processing
Intel’s advanced Gen 7 HD graphics engine provides outstanding graphics performance and is capable of supporting up to two 1080p video streams. On-board hardware acceleration is available for encode/decode of H.264, MVC, VP8, VC1/WMV9, and other standards. The graphics engine also supports DirectX 11, Open GL 3.0, full HD video playback, dual display support, and resolution up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz. BayCat’s analog and mini DisplayPort video outputs support two independent simultaneous displays including Extended Desktop and Clone modes.
On-board I/O
BayCat’s I/O connectivity includes dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, one USB 3.0 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports (RS-232/422/485), I2C interface, and 24 digital I/O lines.  A SATA 3 Gb/s interface supports high-capacity rotating or solid-state drives. A Mini PCIe socket with mSATA capability and a microSD socket provide flexible solid-state drive (SSD) options.
Flexible System Expansion
BayCat’s Mini PCIe socket allows easy on-board expansion with plug-in Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, and other mini cards such as MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, and Analog.
For stacking expansion using industry-standard add-on boards, the BayCat supports PC/104-Plus expansion, including ISA and PCI based modules. The on-board expansion site provides plug-in access to a wide variety of expansion modules from numerous vendors, all with bolt-down ruggedness.
An SPI / SPX™ expansion interface offers additional plug-in expansion for low-cost analog and digital I/O devices.
For Extreme Environments
All three BayCat models are designed and tested for industrial temperature (-40º to +85ºC) operation and meet MIL-STD-202G specifications to withstand high impact and vibration. Latching connectors and fanless operation provide additional benefits in harsh environments.
Long-term Availability
The BayCat is covered by VersaLogic’s 5-year product warranty and 5-year minimum availability guarantee. VersaLogic’s Life Extension program typically keeps each technology generation available for 10+ years. Customisation services to help customers create unique solutions are available for the BayCat, even in low OEM quantities. Customisation options include conformal coating, revision locks, custom labeling, customised testing and screening, and more.

Pricing and Availability
The BayCat single board computer (part number VL-EPM-31) is now in stock.  Pricing starts at $694 in OEM quantities. Contact Sarsen Technology for more information.

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