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Newt (VL-EPIC-17)

Newt  (VL-EPIC-17)Low-power Vortex86DX based EPIC form-factor SBC

Low-power Vortex86DX based EPIC form-factor SBC

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.

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Embedded Platform for Industrial Computing (EPIC) ModuleRoHS-compliant



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.

VersaLogic products are designed for use by OEMs working in a variety of market applications: Aerospace, Defense, Energy, Industrial, Security, Medical, Military, Robotics, and Transportation. Anywhere that the need for superb quality and high-performance embedded computing exists, applications include: automation, avionics, gateway, in-vehicle, monitoring, simulation, and vision.

VersaLogic delivers extremely reliable standard and customized embedded computers backed with unsurpassed service and the highest availability in the market. VersaLogic exists to exceed customers' product, service, support and delivery needs - whenever and wherever the need arises.


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 (VL-EPM-P2 + VL-MPEe-V5 modules) 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.

Software Support Packages

Windows Win XP
  • VersaAPI 1.0.0 for XP - 1.0.0
    VersaAPI Application Programming Interface (API) Device drivers and VersaAPI included. Provides simplified I/O interface for most application languages.
  • DRV-WXP-VRTX - 2.0.0
    Driver Package (DRV) for VersaLogic SBCs based on the DMP Vortex platform. This package contains Windows XP drivers for Ethernet (all other device hardware is natively supported within Windows XP).

Windows Embedded Win XPe
  • VersaAPI 1.0.0 for XP Embedded - 1.0.0
    VersaAPI Application Programming Interface (API) Device drivers and VersaAPI included. Provides simplified I/O interface for most application languages.
  • BSP-XPE-VRTX - 2.0.0
    Board Support Package (BSP) for VersaLogic SBCs based on the DMP Vortex platform. This package contains drivers which are not natively supported by the XPe component database.

Windows Embedded Win CE
  • BSP-CE6-VRTX - 2.0.0
    Board Support Package (BSP) for VersaLogic SBCs based on the DMP Vortex platform. This package contains drivers for serial ports, video, Ethernet, IDE/PATA, USB, PS/2 and EBOOT/KITL.

Linux Debian
  • QSP-LNX-VRTX - 2.0.1
    Quick Start Package (QSP) for VersaLogic SBCs based on the DMP Vortex platform which allows embedded developers to streamline hardware setup by eliminating the need for OS configuration and driver installation.

Wind River VxWorks
  • BSP-VXW-VRTX - 1.0.0
    Board Support Package (BSP) for VersaLogic SBCs based on the DMP VortexDX platform. This package includes driver support for keyboard, serial ports, IDE/CompactFlash and the RDC6040 Ethernet controller.

Operating System Compatibility

Win 10 - Not Compatible
Win 8 - Not Compatible
Win 7 - Not Compatible
Win XP - Tested & Compatible
Win Std 7 - Not Compatible
Win XPe - Tested & Compatible
Win CE - Tested & Compatible
Debian - Tested & Compatible
Ubuntu - Meets Specifications
VxWorks - Tested & Compatible
Neutrino - Tested & Compatible
DOS - Tested & Compatible

OS Compatibility Notes

  • Tested on Windows XP (SP3/5.1.2600)
  • Tested on Windows XPe (SP2 + Feature Pack 2007)
  • Tested on Windows CE 6.0 R3. No support for Micrel KSZ8841 Ethernet controller.
  • Tested on Debian Linux 6.0 (Squeeze) with 2.6.39-2 kernel
  • Tested on VxWorks 6.8 (Workbench 3.2)
  • Tested on QNX 6.5.0. Use QNX 6.3.2 RDC6040 driver. See BSP-QNX-VRTX-R1.00


Part Number Description Photo
Cable Kit
VL-CKR-NEWTEPIC-17 Newt Eval. Cable Kit. Includes VL-CBR-5009, 2022, 4004, 4405, 4406, and HDW-105 (x2).
VL-CBR-4004Paddleboard and cable for analog and digital I/O, 12" 40-pin 2mm cable
VL-CBR-2022ATX to 10-pin power adapter cable (20-pin ATX side), 6.5"
VL-CBR-4405IDE cable adapter board, 44-pin to 40-pin
VL-CBR-4406IDE drive cable, 44-pin, 18"
VL-CBR-5009I/O cable set and paddleboard
VL-HDW-105Standoff package, 0.6", Metric thread
VL-CBR-0804Ethernet adapter cable, latching, 12" , (-20° to +75°C)
VL-CBR-1201VGA interface cable, 12-pin 2 mm (latching) / 15-pin VGA
VL-CBR-1401SPX module cable assembly, supports 2 modules, 14-pin, 6"
VL-CBR-1402SPX module cable assembly, supports 4 modules, 14-pin, 12"
VL-CBR-2010LVDS / flat panel interface cable,18-bit (Hirose), 20"
VL-CBR-2011LVDS / flat panel cable, 18-bit (JAE), 20"
Solid State Drives
VL-CFM-4GBSSD 4 GB CompactFlash
VL-CFM-2GBSSD 2 GB CompactFlash
VL-CFM-1GBSSD 1 GB CompactFlash
VL-CFM-1GBETSSD 1 GB CompactFlash, industrial temperature
VL-CFM-512SSD 512 MB CompactFlash Type1
VL-CFM-512ETSSD 512 MB CompactFlash Type1, industrial temperature
VL-F15-8EBNSSD 8 GB, eUSB, industrial temperature
VL-F15-4EBNSSD 4 GB, eUSB, industrial temperature
VL-F15-2EBNSSD 2 GB, eUSB, industrial temperature
VL-ENCL-5CDevelopment enclosure
VL-PS200-ATX 200W ATX-style development power supply (20+4+4-pin ATX connector)
VL-CF-CLIP1CompactFlash retention clips x10
VL-HDW-106Standoff package, 0.6", English thread
VL-HDW-109eUSB standoff package, 20x Screws, 10x Standoffs, 6mm
VL-HDW-203PC/104 extractor tool (metal)

Expansion Modules

Part Number Description Form Factor
VL-SPX-3 CANbus Module, single-channel V2.0B, industrial temperatureSPX
Analog & Digital I/O
VL-SPX-1 Analog Input Module, x8 Channels, industrial temperatureSPX
VL-SPX-2 Digital I/O Module, x16 lines, industrial temperatureSPX
VL-SPX-4 Analog Output Module, x4 single channels 12-bit, industrial temperatureSPX
VL-SPX-5 Solid State Switch Module, x8 channels, industrial temperatureSPX
VCM-DAS-2 Analog Input, x16 (16-bit resolution) 200kHz + Digital I/O x16PC/104
VCM-DAS-3a Analog Output x16 (12-bit resolution) + Digital I/O x24, industrial temperaturePC/104
VL-EPM-V7E Video expansion module: VGA and LVDS, industrial temperaturePC/104-Plus
VL-EPM-P2E PC/104-Plus Mini PCIe socket x2 adapter, industrial temperaturePC/104-Plus
In-Stack Power Supply
VL-EPM-PS1a Power supply in-stack, industrial temperaturePC/104-Plus

Ordering Information

Model Processor RAM A/D D/A DIO USB Host eUSB Ethernet Ports Ethernet Connector Digi-Key logo
VL-EPIC-17EA Vortex86DX 256 MB 8 4 32 3 Yes 1 RJ45
VL-EPIC-17EB Vortex86DX 512 MB 16 8 32 4 No 2 RJ45
Custom Versions* Vortex86DX Up to 1 GB 0/8/16 0/4/8 0/16/32 0-4 Y/N 0-2 RJ45/Ruggedized
* Special Order Product. Contact VersaLogic Sales for minimum order quantities and lead time.

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